What is Psychiatry?

Psychiatry is a branch of medicine that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental illnesses and disorders. Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialise in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of mental illnesses and disorders.

We use a variety of tools such as diagnostic interviews, laboratory tests, and imaging studies to evaluate and diagnose mental health conditions. The treatment we give may include medication, therapy or a combination of both.

We also work with other healthcare professionals, such as psychologists, social workers, and occupational therapists, to provide comprehensive care to individuals with mental health issues. We work in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, clinics, private practices, or community mental health centres.

Common Illnesses:

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Myths About Psychiatry

This is one myth I wish was true. However, approximately one in every ten Indians suffers from a mental illness as per the National Mental Health Survey conducted in India in 2016.

Mental illness is an actual illness (much like fever or diabetes) which, with the proper treatment, can be brought under control and normal life can resume. A psychiatrist also sees patients with disturbance of sleep, appetite, sexual dysfunction or even those who may not feel or behave as their previous self.

Mental illness is a medical condition that affects millions of people worldwide. It is caused by a combination of genetic, environmental, and lifestyle factors, and it is not a sign of weakness or a personal failing. Seeking treatment for mental illness is a sign of strength and courage.

People with mental illness are no more likely to be violent or dangerous than the general population. In fact, people with mental illness are often more likely to be victims of violence than perpetrators. This myth perpetuates stigma and can prevent people from seeking the help they need.

Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialise in the treatment of mental illness. They use a range of treatments, including therapy, medication, and other interventions, to help patients manage their symptoms and improve their overall well-being. Patients should have a treatment that is completely unique to them and a Psychiatrist works with them to find that exact treatment they need.

What We Can Achieve Together


Emotional and mental wellbeing


Relief from troublesome symptoms


Better coping in stressful situations


Improvement in overall productivity