How do I know that I need to take professional help?

When you find it difficult to cope and/or live life in a fulfilling way and it is clearly different from your usual self you might need professional help.

How will I know that I have depression or anxiety?

If you find that you are feeling sad or stressed for at least two weeks at a stretch and that these feelings are causing disturbance in your daily life you may need to visit a mental health professional who will confirm whether you have a clinical disorder.

Is medication absolutely necessary? Will I get addicted to it?

Depending on the nature, duration and severity of illness, you may or may not be prescribed medication.
Psychiatric medication is not addictive in nature. But, just like long –term intake of any medication for physical illnesses (e.g.: high blood pressure, high blood sugar medicines) may have an impact on the body, the same is the case with psychiatric medicines.

Difference between psychiatrist, psychologist and counsellor

A psychiatrist is an M.B.B.S. qualified doctor with specialisation in Psychiatry at post-graduation level (e.g.: M.D., D.P.M, D.N.B or their foreign equivalents) and he/she can prescribe medication for psychiatric illnesses.

Psychologist is someone who has done a post-graduation in Psychology and uses tests and therapeutic methods to treat psychological problems.

A counsellor is someone who has been trained in counselling methods and helps people manage their personal problems.

How many sessions do I have to come for with respect to therapy?

It depends on the nature, duration and severity of your problem.

How will Career Counselling benefit me in choosing the right path?

Career counselling outlines which area a person’s aptitudes and interests lie in by using certain tests. The results of these tests are a good indicator of the probable career choices that a person can make in keeping with their innate potential. After the testing, a comprehensive report is given to the client which a counsellor will explain and clear any doubt or query regarding the findings.

What is the need for psychometric assessments or psychological testing?

Psychological tests are also known as psychometric assessments. Theyare paper-pencil tests that are used by mental health professionals to get a clear picture regarding a person’s Intellectual functioning, personality, emotional state and to check for psychological disorders. It works in the same way as the blood test ordered by the general physician or any other doctor.

If the client, in question, is not willing to come what should I do as a family member?

Firstly, as the care-giver of the client, you can visit a psychologist/psychiatrist and discuss the problems of the client. It is important to mention that the client is unwilling to seek help and the psychologist/psychiatrist can suggest the future course of action.

Do psychological therapies have any negative impact?

No, they do not. Psychological therapies are conducted by trained professionals who are well versed in patient care.

Is psychotherapy the same as hypnosis?

Hypnosis is a type of psychotherapy. It works by inducing a trance like state in the client through which the therapist accesses their unconscious mind in order to resolve long-standing conflicts.
Other forms of psychotherapy include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, Rational Emotive Behaviour Therapy, Client Centred Therapy and many more, none of which use hypnosis.

I am taking counselling or therapy then do I also need medication?

A client taking counselling or therapy may or may not require medication. It depends upon the nature and severity of the problem.

Can we increase I.Q.?

No, I.Q. cannot be increased. It remains stable thoughout. However, there might be slight changes in I.Q. points over the life span based on the developmental phase.

Can I have more than one disorder at the same time?

Yes, you can have more than one disorder at a time. This condition is known as comorbidity.For example, children suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder may have Oppositional Defiant Disorder; or an adult suffering from Depression may also have Anxiety Disorder.

Are psychological disorders curable?

Psychological disorders can be cured with the right combination of psychotherapy and/or medication. It is possible to recover from the psychological disorder and resume one’s natural course of life.

Who do I come to consult if I have a psychological problem?

You can reach out to any mental health professional who you have access to whether it is a counsellor, psychologist or a psychiatrist. Please note that psychology is a multidisciplinary field and as per your need, you might be referred to other professionals within the field. For example, you visit a psychologist first and after a few sessions, they may refer you to a psychiatrist for medication.