Mental health, psychiatry and covid-19 pandemic


Mental health and psychiatry. Will the COVID-19 pandemic make it self-isolate with our own problems?

What is the basic essence of the psychiatric’s help, in frequently we do not understand whom to contact – a psychotherapist or psychiatrist?

The psychiatrist, as the name of the specialty suggests, deals with the field of mental health and human well-being. Contrary to popular belief, the psychiatrist’s area of ​​competence includes not only severe mental illnesses (for example, schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder), but also such common problems as insomnia and anxiety. The main difference between a psychiatrist and a psychotherapist is that the psychiatrist, if necessary, can recommend taking specific medications in order to normalize the condition and improve the quality of life.

The psychotherapist, in turn, helps a person to understand psychological problems that obviously (or often surreptitiously) spoil the quality of life. Psychiatric and psychotherapeutic assistance are not mutually exclusive, but on the contrary, together they allow you to achieve the desired result as quickly as possible.

How to turn yourself to the fear of going to a psychiatrist?

Unfortunately, society has developed a certain attitude towards psychiatrists and, believe me, every psychiatrist knows about this. Contrary to popular belief, the psychiatrist, to put it mildly, is not interested in making any kind of crippling diagnoses or sending them for compulsory treatment. At least because the presumption of mental health is enshrined at the legislative level and only a court can order compulsory treatment. 

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    Information not only about diagnoses, but also about the very fact of treatment is protected by law and the disclosure of this very sensitive information to third parties without the patient’s consent can lead to criminal punishment.

    Sorry, in our society is not accepted to recognize mental disorders. Often such diagnosis is perceptioned negatively by others. What would you say in the protection of psychiatry, because it is a medical specialty?

    I would say that in our society it is generally accepted that mental and psychological disorders do not exist at all before the fact of referring to a psychiatrist. Although in reality a psychiatrist can only give it a name and recommend what can be done about it. If a person has a stomach ache, he turns to a gastroenterologist to understand if this is a sign of a disease that can ruin his life or, in the long run, hit his wallet hard. If a person experiences constant anxiety, depressed mood, loss of strength and, sometimes, as a consequence, even unwillingness to live for months for no apparent reason, he would rather bypass all possible specialists, spend a lot of money on examinations and treatment, which does not give a result only to last turn to a psychiatrist.

    How is the plan for working with each patient formed? What factors does it depend on? What are the treatment modes?

    Even the most complex disorders do not always require hospital treatment. The modern level of medicine and pharmacology makes it possible to cope with many situations not only at home, but also without interruption from work or significant restrictions in lifestyle. Of course, there will always be options when an inpatient treatment is indicated for a person, but even in this case, the psychiatrist’s words about the need for inpatient treatment are exclusively advisory in nature and the person decides for himself whether he wants to be treated in a hospital. Many problems that may seem like signs of a mental disorder are not, and rather require lifestyle changes and psychotherapeutic assistance.

    What are the statistics of people who call for help?

    The incidence of the disorder in men and women is approximately the same. However, men tend to delay the visit to a specialist much more often (however, this is typical for men regarding any health problems). The overwhelming majority of appeals are associated not with mental illness, but with the so-called minor disorders. These include, for example, mixed anxiety-depressive disorder (not clinical depression), panic attacks, phobias, etc.
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    China’s experience has been showed: insulation is the most effective way to continue pandemic. How do quarantine measures (isolation, distance, etc.) Affect human mental health?

    The human psyche is not a fragile porcelain vase. Despite the comfortable conditions of modern civilization, man has not lost the ability to adapt. Is the current environment challenging and will it negatively affect our quality of life, both materially and psychologically? Of course. Will people go crazy over this? Ruled out. Against the background of constant tension due to the prospects of getting infected and infecting your close people, losing your job, etc. all people are prone to anxiety-depressive experiences.

    The coronavirus sars-cov-2 will not go anywhere from our life like all other kinds of viruses. On the assessment of specialists, the vaccine will appear at the end of the year therefore, an overall part of the planet’s population is founded to have this virus. Is it so? How to cope with the fear of expected disease?

    SARS-CoV-2 is not the first pandemic in human history. Moreover, for examples it is not necessary to turn to the plague Middle Ages. In the early twentieth century, the Spanish flu pandemic claimed the lives of 50 million people. First of all, information helps to cope with the fear of illness. The pandemic is surrounded by many myths and horror stories, and healthcare systems around the world are trying to dispel them. A typical example is the fear of death, because on the lips, first of all, death from the coronavirus. Many people forget that the mortality rate is 3-5% and that in most cases the disease is asymptomatic.

    How is it correct to ask for help at your clinic? Write to the site? Call? Who can help with all the information?

    Clinic “MEDLUX” provides a full range of services related to mental health.

    The most reliable way to get all the information you want and, if necessary, make an appointment with a specialist is to call +38 (067) 426 04 04. The number (like the clinic) works around the clock, you can use it to contact one of our coordinators. At the same time, you can either talk about your problem and hear options for help, or simply make an appointment without excessive provision of information (often for many people this way is more comfortable).

    Psychiatrist-narcologist Brednev Ivan Vladimirovich, clinic “MEDLUX”

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