WHAT IS MENTAL HEALTH?
Mental health is an individual person’s behavioral, emotional and cognitive well-being. It is all about how people behave, think & feel. It is the level of psychosocial well-being and the balance between the emotional, physical and behavioural characteristics. The absence of mental disorder can also be sometimes referred to as “mental health”. The part of the central nervous system that controls some of the higher functions of human beings is called the limbic system. The higher functions that it controls include the emotions, basic survival and sociosexual behavioral patterns, motivation, learning and the thought process. 

The concept of emotion includes the whole range of subjective emotional feelings and moods such as anger, fear and happiness along with the overt physical responses associated with these feelings. The behavioral patterns aimed at individual survival and those directed towards perpetuating species i.e. sociosexual behaviors that are conducive to mating are also controlled by the limbic system. Many chemicals known as neurotransmitters are involved in the functioning of the limbic system and any imbalance can cause mental illnesses. Physical health, relationships & daily living can be affected by disturbances in mental health. It can be many a time occasional or long-lasting (chronic). It can also affect a person’s ability to relate to others and function each day.

There are a lot of causes for mental illnesses. A lot of factors are responsible, some of which are as per below:
  • A person’s genes and family history
  • Childhood abuse or stress
  • Chemical imbalances in the brain
  • Intense Brain injury 
  • Overuse of alcohol or drugs 
  • A mother's exposure to viruses or toxic chemicals while pregnant
  • Loneliness or isolation from social life
  • Cancer or any other serious medical situation


For the overall wellbeing of an individual, sound mental and emotional health is critical. Many a times, people ignore the signs and warnings associated with the mental health problems and delay to get help of a Psychiatrist. If there is even a slightest need to seek the help of a Psychiatrist then a person should shed all fears and inhibitions and get in touch with the psychiatrist online. To overcome any kind of mental health problems or disorders, a person should consult a Psychiatrist. In this growing world of technology and digital platforms, it is not easy to get online consultation with psychiatrist to diagnose issues and get guidance for further treatment. 

Depression is among the mental disorders that is most prevalent and neglected. It associated with defects in limbic system neurotransmitters. A functional deficiency of serotonin or norepinephrine or both is implicated in depression, a disorder characterized by a pervasive negative mood accompanied by a generalized loss of interests, an inability to experience pleasure (anhedonia) and suicidal tendencies. Serotonin and norepinephrine are synaptic (a synapse is the space between two neurons) messengers in the limbic regions of the brain involved in pleasure and motivation, suggesting that the pervasive sadness and lack of interest (no motivation) in depressed patients are related at least in part to disruption of these regions by deficiencies or decreased effectiveness of these neurotransmitters. 

WHO IS A PSYCHIATRIST?
Medical doctors expert in the mental health issues are called Psychiatrists. Their specialty is treating and diagnosing patients suffering with mental illness. You can get in touch with them online by taking online psychiatrist consultation in India offering guidance and treatment opinions for mental health issues.  Psychiatrists have an in depth knowledge of physical and mental health – and their effect on each other.

Psychiatrists help people with mental health illness such as addiction, eating disorder, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and anxiety. The branch of medicine which focuses on treatment, diagnosis, and prevention of mental, behavioral and emotional disorders is called Psychiatry.

A medical doctor; an M.D or D.O, whose specialty is treating mental health disorders which may also include substance use disorders, is a Psychiatrist. 

WHEN SHOULD A PERSON CONSULT A PSYCHIATRIST
Symptoms and signs of mental illness vary from person to person. It also depends on the circumstances, disorder, and other factors. Common signs and symptoms include:

    • Feeling down or low
    • Excessive fears or worries
    • Extreme feelings of guilt
    • Extreme mood changes with lows and highs
    • Withdrawal from social life, friends and activities
    • Sleeping problems, tiredness, feeling low on energy all the time
    • Excessive hostile behavior, violence or anger
    • Detachment from reality, having delusions, hallucinations and  paranoia 
    • Unable to deal with stress or daily issues
    • Facing trouble to understand and relate to people and situations
    • Have confused thinking or face a reduced ability to concentrate
    • Problems with alcohol or drug use
    • Major changes in eating habits
    • Change in sex drive
    • Suicidal thinking


    Many a times the symptoms are physical, like, back pain, stomach pain, headaches, or may be other unexplained pains and aches.

    Mental illness is quite common. In around 1 out of 5 adult has some kind of mental illness somewhere in their lifetime. It can start at any age, May be in the childhood or middle age or in the later life. But in most cases it begins in the early stage of life. 

    Mental illness can leave its effects on the individual which can be short term or long lasting. It is quite possible that an individual may also have one or more mental health disorder at the same time. For example, he/she can have substance use disorder as well as depression. Online consultation with psychiatrist can help you get over depression by taking directions suggested by the doctor. 

    WHAT IS DEPRESSION?
    Depression is knows as a mood disorder. It can be explained as feelings of anger, sadness, loss, that interfere with mundane tasks of a person. The reason for the cause can be social, biological or psychological, or can be the combination of all three. More and more research suggests that these aspects can cause quite a few changes in the functions of brain like changed activity of certain neural circuits in the brain.
    The continuous feeling of loss, anger or sadness, and lack of interest that characterizes major depression can lead to a range of physical and behavioral symptoms, which can include changes in appetite, sleep, concentration, energy level, self-esteem, or daily behavior. Depression can also be associated with thoughts of suicide.

    WHAT IS ANXIETY?
    An individual’s first natural response to stress is known as Anxiety. Moreover it's a feeling of fear or nervousness about what's to come. Very common examples of people getting nervous are: Giving a speech, first day at school or going to a job interview. Anxiety is common in stressful situations such as public speaking or taking a test. Anxiety is always there in everyone but it becomes a disease when nervousness or fear becomes more aggressive or start interfering in daily life.
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    What Is The Difference Between Psychiatrists And Psychologists?

    Psychiatrists are medical doctors who can diagnose illness, who can prescribe medications and who can provide range of therapies to patients who are suffering from complex and serious mental illness.

    Psychologists are not actually medical doctors, they talk to patients which is called talk therapy to help patients overcome their fear or problems which is called psychotherapy.

    What Are The Common Signs Of Mental Illness?

    Person who is suffering from mental illness can experience different things such as lose control of emotions or lack of performance at workplace or school, becomes less social etc. Person suffering from mental illness can be in constant sadness or excessive worry. Temper tantrum is also common in some cases. You diagnose issues and recover from mental illness you can consult a psychiatrist doctor online. 

    How Do I Know If I Am A Bipolar?

    Bipolar depression shows up in many ways for different people. Sometimes patient feels very hard to sleep or sleep too much or it becomes very hard to get up. Small decisions can seem huge. Suicidal thoughts can be triggered by overwhelming feelings of failure, guilt, or deep loss. If it becomes hard to function for you every day for 2 weeks, you must consult a psychiatrist to check if you are bipolar.


    What Are The Common Types Of Mental Disorders?

    Most common mental disorders found are:

    • Anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and phobias.
    • Depression, bipolar disorder, and other mood disorders.
    • Eating disorders.
    • Personality disorders.
    • Post-traumatic stress disorder.
    • Psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia.
    How Long Is A Session With A Psychiatrist?

    The session depends on the severity of the mental illness and the readiness of the patient to speak to the psychiatrist. It is very important to open up as the problem or anxiety that is causing the problems can be identified and addressed. The more the patient talks to the psychiatrist, the more are the chances of him/her getting the help and the treatment required.

    Do Psychiatrists Offer Virtual Session?

    Yes, with the modern technology now a days psychiatrists do offer consultation and therapy online via various applications. Through MediFlam you can get your appointment for online consultation with psychiatrist and communicate virtually with them about your mental health issues. 

    How Can I Treat Mental Illness Without Medication?

    Treating mental illness without medication is difficult but not impossible. If requires a lots of factors like nutrition, diet, exercise, social life, emotional wellbeing etc. but there is no one formula that fits all. Different patients require different treatment. The treatment is highly subjective and depends on many factors.


    How Often Should I Consult A Psychiatrist?

    A lot of types, modes and models for the therapy are available. Psychoanalysis may require longer and more frequent sessions or meetings that can be continued for even years. Cognitive behavioral therapy is the most common one. It can be weekly for 45 minutes and for a few months. 

    Are Online Consultants Allowed To Prescribe Medication For Mental Health?

    Yes, in the interest of psychiatric patients, the Board of Governors in supersession of the Medical Council of India (MCI BoG) has modified the telemedicine practice guidelines and now allowing the doctors to prescribe certain anti-anxiety and sedative drugs used in psychiatry through video-consultation. Get your appointment for online consultation with psychiatrist and know if you need medication for your mental health problems.  

    What To Expect When Going To A Psychiatrist?

    If you feel nervous about your first time visit to a psychiatrist it is completely ok. But be prepared as you have to open up and answer questions asked by the psychiatrist. You must know your medical history better you carry it along. It is possible you may not feel comfortable with the first psychiatrist you go so don’t worry or hesitate to reach out another one if needed.

    How Do I Schedule An Appointment With A Psychiatrist On Mediflam?

    Mediflam has a panel of some of the best Psychiatrists available in India. We at MediFlam make sure that our platform provides hassle free experience to the patient as well as the psychiatrist doctor at the best cost possible. Our doctors work in close conjunction with the patients so as to provide them quick diagnosis, treatment and regular follow ups. 

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    Brief about mental health.

    Mental health is an individual person’s behavioral, emotional and cognitive wellbeing. It is all about how people behave, think & feel. It is the level of psychosocial well-being and the balance between the emotional, physical and behavioral characteristics. The absence of mental disorder can also be sometimes referred to as “mental health”. The part of the central nervous system that controls some of the higher functions of human beings is called the limbic system. The higher functions that it controls include the emotions, basic survival and sociosexual behavioural patterns, motivation, learning and the thought process. 

    The concept of emotion includes the whole range of subjective emotional feelings and moods such as anger, fear and happiness along with the overt physical responses associated with these feelings. The behavioral patterns aimed at individual survival and those directed towards perpetuating species i.e. sociosexual behaviors that are conducive to mating are also controlled by the limbic system. Many chemicals known as neurotransmitters are involved in the functioning of the limbic system and any imbalance can cause mental illnesses. Physical health, relationships & daily living can be affected by disturbances in mental health. It can be many a time occasional or long-lasting; chronic. It can also affect a person’s ability to relate to others and function each day.

    There are a lot of causes for the mental illness. Lot of factors are responsible, some of which are as per below : such as 
    • A person’s genes and family history
    • Childhood abuse or stress
    • Chemical imbalances in the brain
    • Intense Brain injury 
    • Overuse of alcohol or drugs 
    • A mother's exposure to viruses or toxic chemicals while pregnant
    • Loneliness or isolation from social life
    • Cancer or any other serious medical situation


    For the overall wellbeing of an individual, sound mental and emotional health is critical. Many a times, people ignore the signs and warnings associated with the mental health problems and delay to get help of a Psychiatrist. If there is even a slightest need to seek the help of a Psychiatrist then a person should shed all fears and inhibitions and get in touch with the psychiatrist online. To overcome any kind of mental health problems or disorders, a person should try online consultation with Psychiatrist. 

    Depression is among the mental disorders that is most prevalent and neglected. It associated with defects in limbic system neurotransmitters. A functional deficiency of serotonin or norepinephrine or both is implicated in depression, a disorder characterized by a pervasive negative mood accompanied by a generalized loss of interests, an inability to experience pleasure, and suicidal tendencies. Serotonin and norepinephrine are synaptic (a synapse is the space between two neurons) messengers in the limbic regions of the brain involved in pleasure and motivation, suggesting that the pervasive sadness and lack of interest (no motivation) in depressed patients are related at least in part to disruption of these regions by deficiencies or decreased effectiveness of these neurotransmitters. 

    • Cover information about the Psychiatrist and their qualification. 
    Medical doctors expert in the mental health issues are called Psychiatrists. Their specialty is treating and diagnosing patients suffering with mental illness. Psychiatrists have an in depth knowledge of physical and mental health – and their effect on each other. You can choose to get your appointment for online consultation with psychiatrist and understand the required treatment for your mental health. 

    Psychiatrists help people with mental health illness such as addiction, eating disorder, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and anxiety. The branch of medicine which focuses on treatment, diagnosis, and prevention of mental, behavioral and emotional disorders is called Psychiatry.
    A medical doctor; an M.D or D.O, whose specialty is treating mental health disorders which may also include substance use disorders, is a Psychiatrist. 

    • When should one consult a Psychiatrist?
    Symptoms and signs of mental illness vary from person to person it also depends on the circumstances, disorder, and other factors.
    Common signs and symptoms include:

      • Feeling down or low
      • Extreme mood changes with lows and highs
      • Withdrawal from social life, friends and activities
      • Sleeping problems, tiredness, feeling low on energy all the time
      • Excessive hostile behavior, violence or anger
      • Detachment from reality, having delusions, hallucinations and  paranoia 
      • Unable to deal with stress or daily issues
      • Facing trouble to understand and relate to people and situations
      • Have confused thinking or face a reduced ability to concentrate
      • Problems with alcohol or drug use
      • Major changes in eating habits
      • Change in sex drive
      • Suicidal thinking
      • Excessive fears or worries
      • Extreme feelings of guilt

      Many a times the symptoms are physical, like, back pain, stomach pain, headaches, or may be other unexplained pains and aches.

      Mental illness is quite common. In around 1 out of 5 adult has some kind of mental illness somewhere in their lifetime. It can start at any age, May be in the childhood or middle age or in the later life. But in most cases it begins in the early stage of life. 

      • Can Psychiatrist help on get over depression and anxiety?
      Yes. Depression is a mood disorder that encompasses a lot of factors. A genetic component has also been proved to cause depression. The imbalance of the neurotransmitters like serotonin can cause a lot of symptoms of depression or anxiety and the psychiatrist doctor can diagnose the cause and treat the same by prescribing medications that keep the levels of these chemical substances balanced.

      • Do Psychiatrist counsel their patients?
      Counselling a patient is of utmost importance because this can lead to the diagnosis of the reasons that are causing the disease. Psychiatrists try to talk to the patient so that the patient opens up about the things that are bothering or worrisome to him/her. Also by counselling the patient, the psychiatrist makes sure that the correct diagnosis can be reaches as many symptoms are common to multiple mental disorders. Get your online consultation with psychiatrist booked with Mediflam. 

      • Why online consultation can help?
      With the advent of modern technology, it is very possible for the patient experiencing any symptoms of any mental disorder to at least get a probabilistic diagnosis by connecting with the leading psychiatrists on an online platform. Then the doctor can advise the patient for further process to confirm the diagnosis and get treated at the earliest. Also many patients are not comfortable opening up about the mental issues that they face because of the stigmas attached to it. In a virtual session, the patient can feel a lot more comfortable to discuss the problems that are bothering him/her and can get better counseled. Also the patient can connect to some of the best psychiatrist doctors available in the country so that he/she doesn’t have to be satisfied with the doctors available in his/her place.

      • Why instant help is required for anxiety?
      Anxiety is a natural response to stressful situations that a person is confronted with. But a lot of anxiety can itself become stressful and start hindering in day to day activities leading to low productivity and an enhanced mental stress. It is very important to get help immediately if anxiety becomes chronic and goes out of control.

      • What are symptoms of depression?
      There are many symptoms of depression which are highly subjective. Some of the symptoms are common and are usually seen in all the patients. These include:
      • Feeling down or low
      • Excessive fears or worries
      • Extreme feelings of guilt
      • Withdrawal from social life, friends and activities
      • Sleeping problems, tiredness, feeling low on energy all the time
      • Unable to deal with stress or daily issues
      • Have confused thinking or face a reduced ability to concentrate
      • Major changes in eating habits
      • Change in sex drive
      • Suicidal thinking


      Get your online consultation with psychiatrist booked with Mediflam and understand the treatment required for your mental health. 

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