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What is psychiatry? 

Psychiatry is a medical niche consisting of professionals qualified to assist with patients affected by mental health illness. These professionals are called psychiatrists, whose expertise is to diagnose and treat a full range of mental health illnesses or disorders. Mental health disorders can occur as having depression, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), schizophrenia, eating disorders, and more. Other reasons that drive people to seek a psychiatrist’s help may also include suffering from panic attack, hallucinations, suicidal thoughts, prolonged sense of sadness and despair, etc. In order to help and support patients with their mental health issues, psychiatrists apply a combination of medications, psychotherapy, and other treatments. Mental health problems can be understandably crippling and debilitating, but it may still be tough for many afflicted by it to seek help. At Beacon Hospital, we want to assure you that seeking mental health help is totally and entirely okay! With mutual respect, confidentiality, and empathy underpinning our ethics of care, we are all ears and here to say: we can and want to help you heal and live your best life.

Psychiatry Investigations:

  • Clinical interviews
  • Psychological tests
  • Medical examinations
  • Brain imaging
  • Genetic testing
  • Observation and behavioral analysis

Psychiatry Procedures:

  • Medication management:

    Psychiatrists may prescribe medications such as antidepressants, antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, and anti-anxiety medications to help alleviate symptoms of mental illness.
  • Psychotherapy:

    Psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy, involves working with a mental health professional to explore and address psychological and emotional issues. There are many different types of psychotherapy, including cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), interpersonal therapy (IPT), and psychodynamic therapy.
  • Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS):

    TMS involves using a magnetic field to stimulate nerve cells in the brain. It is used primarily to treat depression.
  • Psychosurgery:

    Psychosurgery involves the surgical removal or alteration of brain tissue to treat severe mental illness. It is used only as a last resort when other treatments have failed.
  • Group therapy:

    Group therapy involves working with a therapist and other individuals who are experiencing similar mental health issues. It can be an effective way to build social support and learn coping skills.

Dr Lee Aik Hoe

Consultant Psychiatry

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