GENERAL PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS
CHILDHOOD PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES
DE ADDICTION SERVICES
PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS IN ELDERLY
PSYCHOSOCIAL INTERVENTIONS
FAQ
GENERAL PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS:
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Acquired and traumatic brain injury
  • Mood and Neurotic disorders
  • Psychotic illnesses and Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar affective disorders
  • Eating disorders
  • Trauma related disorders
  • Personality disorders
  • Psychosomatic illnesses/Adjustment disorders

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  • Dr Varsha BG
  • MBBS, DNB(Psychiatry)
  • Consultant Psychiatrist
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CHILDHOOD PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES:
  • Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Parent and child behaviour management and child coping skills therapy
  • Intellectual and Learning disabilities
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Conduct disorders
  • Depression and anxiety disorders

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  • Dr Varsha BG
  • MBBS, DNB(Psychiatry)
  • Consultant Psychiatrist
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DE ADDICTION SERVICES:
  • Alcohol dependence syndrome
  • Tobacco de addcition
  • Other drugs de addiction like opiods, cannabis

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  • Dr Varsha BG
  • MBBS, DNB(Psychiatry)
  • Consultant Psychiatrist
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PSYCHIATRIC DISORDERS IN ELDERLY:
  • Dementia – Alzheimer’s dementia
  • Insomnia
  • Psychotic disorders – late onset
  • Depression

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  • Dr Varsha BG
  • MBBS, DNB(Psychiatry)
  • Consultant Psychiatrist
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PSYCHOSOCIAL INTERVENTIONS:
  • Behavioural therapy (BT)
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET)
  • Marital counselling
  • Parent and child behaviour management and child coping skills therapy
  • Individual, couple and family therapy
  • Anger management
  • Stress management

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  • Dr Varsha BG
  • MBBS, DNB(Psychiatry)
  • Consultant Psychiatrist
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FAQ:
Depression (Major Depressive Disorder)

Depression is a mood disorder which is characterised by persistent feeling of sadness or low mood. It’s also called as major depressive disorder. It affects how we feel about ourselves throughout the day causing excessive tiredness and lack of interest. This will also lead to difficulty in carrying out normal day to day activities. There is no need to get discouraged regarding it. Early recognition is important and seeking professional help will help you to recover. Most people with depression recover with medication, psychotherapy or both.

Recognising depression (Signs and symptoms):
  • Feeling sad most of the time
  • Reduced interest in carrying out most of the activities or normal activities such as sex, hobbies or sports
  • Excessive tiredness/loss of energy
  • Changes in sleep–trouble in sleeping or sleeping too much
  • Changes in appetite- weight loss/gain
  • Difficulty in concentrating and inability to complete the tasks
  • Thoughts of helplessness/hopelessness
  • Frequent thoughts of death, suicidal thoughts, suicidal attempts or suicide
  • Unexplained physical problems like headaches, backaches
  • Anger and irritability
Depression in old age (Symptoms) :
  • Memory difficulties
  • Personality changes
  • Trouble in sleeping
  • Fatigue/loss of appetite
  • Decreased mingling with family and friends, wanting to stay at home most of the time
  • Death wishes and suicidal attempts

Depression in children and adolescents have symptoms similar to adults but there are differences which has to be taken into consideration
In children it’s more of irritability, clinginess, refusal to go to school, withdrawn behaviour and loss of appetite.
In adolescents it’s more about feeling negative and worthless, sadness, deteriorating academic performance, extremely sensitive, using drugs like alcohol, cannabis, tobacco, self-harm tendencies, loss of interest in sports and hobbies, anger outbursts, eating and sleeping too much and socially withdrawn behaviour.

Causes: There is no single cause which can explain the depression. It is caused by multiple factors like genetic contribution like inherited traits and family history of psychiatric illness, biological differences in neurotransmitter effects in the brain and hormones, stressful environment, adverse life events like loss of a job, loss of loved one.

Diagnosis and treatment:
  • Physical examination
  • Blood tests: Complete blood count, thyroid profile to rule out thyroid abnormalities which can cause above symptoms
  • Psychiatric evaluation and assessments
Treatment
  1. Medications: Various classes of medications are used in the treatment of depression
  2. Psychotherapy: it is also called as psychological therapy done by talking to a mental health professional regarding various issues. There are different types of psychotherapy like cognitive behavioural therapy, crisis intervention therapy or interpersonal therapy.
    Psychotherapy in general aims at
    • Identifying the crisis at hand contributing to depression and adjusting to it
    • Identifying the negative beliefs and giving alternative explanations, creating positive/healthy beliefs
    • Enhancing the coping abilities and problem solving skills
    • Learning healthy communication in the family
    • Helping to set realistic goals and ability to accept, alter or tolerate the stressful situations
    • Developing a sense of contentment and giving a new meaning to life
  3. ECT: Electro Convulsive Therapy in which brain functions and neurotransmitter effects are modified by passing impulses of electric currents. It is generally used to treat people who don’t get better with medications or are at high risk of committing suicide.
  4. TMS (Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation): Magnetic currents are transmitted through a coil placed on the scalp to stimulate nerve endings thus modifying neurotransmitter effects. This is generally used when people don’t get better with medications and psychotherapy.

Combinations of various modalities are used to treat depression. Long term treatment is needed in depression.

Stopping treatment abruptly can cause withdrawal-like symptoms and quitting suddenly may cause a sudden worsening of depressive symptoms. Kindly take doctor’s advice before stopping the medications.

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  • Dr Varsha BG
  • MBBS, DNB(Psychiatry)
  • Consultant Psychiatrist
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Department of PSYCHIATRY

The Psychiatry team at Prakriya Hospitals makes unparalleled efforts in giving the best in the health care industry. Our team consists of well experienced psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and psychiatric social workers. The team in Prakriya is dedicated to deliver comprehensive care coupled with latest evidence based treatments. We are focused on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental, emotional and behavioural disorders in children, adolescents and adults. Our services include child counselling, assessment and diagnosis of psychiatric disorders, de-addiction treatment (tobacco, alcohol, cannabis, opioids) and multiple psychosocial interventions. The care is customised to the patient’s needs using various modalities of treatment. Children are evaluated for mental retardation, learning disorders, hyperactivity disorders, autism spectrum disorders and treated appropriately with a multipronged approach that includes counselling, behavioural therapy and medication.

Our dedicated team also offers multiple psychosocial intervention services like Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET), marital counselling, parent and child behaviour management, child coping skills therapy, individual, couple and family therapy.

Team PSYCHIATRY

  • Dr Varsha BG
  • MBBS, DNB(Psychiatry)
  • Consultant Psychiatrist
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