When Should You Consult a Psychiatrist?

When Should You Consult a Psychiatrist?

Hermina’s Friend, there are still many people who have a negative stigma if they want to consult a psychiatrist or psychologist. In fact, just like physical health, mental health also needs help and can be bad if not treated immediately.

"People will think I'm crazy."

"I'm shy and afraid to tell my problems; it's a disgrace that other people shouldn't know."

My family and friends told me not to overdo it. It's just a lack of faith and a lack of prayer. "

"Not checked, just chatting"

"I'm worried if I become addicted to the drug."

"I don't know the reason I was referred to a psychiatrist by my doctor, even though I have physical complaints."

The sentences above are some forms of fear of someone when they want to go to a psychiatrist.

Not infrequently, the stigma of going to a psychiatrist is associated with a "crazy" patient who is identified as walking naked on the street, endangering others by throwing a tantrum, or appearing to talk to himself. Though there are many types of mental disorders, such as:

  • Schizophrenia

  • Depression

  • Bipolar

  • Anxiety disorders

  • Addiction to personality disorder

  • Mental disorders caused by brain damage and physical illness

  • Eating disorders

  • Learning disorders

  • Emotional and behavioral disorders

  • Reactions to severe stress and adjustment disorders are also included in the type of mental disorder.

Many factors can cause a person to experience mental disorders. This is influenced by biological, psychological, and social environmental factors. The psychiatrist will explore these conditions with interviews and other examinations, so that openness and providing honest and true information will greatly assist in establishing a diagnosis and providing therapy.

The therapy given by the psychiatrist can be in the form of psychopharmaceuticals (given drugs) and/or non-psychopharmaceuticals (given psychotherapy) according to the condition and needs of the patient. It needs cooperation between doctors, patients, and families so that the drugs are taken according to the dosage and on time, as well as a commitment to participate in psychotherapy sessions.

Another important thing is the need for everyone to have and build awareness when mental states begin to interfere with personal and social life as well as body conditions. Why? Because we are only human. Someone dares to come to a psychiatrist because he realizes that what he is experiencing is a symptom that needs treatment and deserves to be restored.

So, after reading this article, there is no stigma for going to a psychiatrist again. Hermina's Friend!

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