Psychiatry literally means the ‘medical treatment of the mind‘ so it is the medical speciality devoted to the treatment of disorders of the mind. Psychiatrists are therefore doctors who specialise in the medical treatment of such conditions.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1 in every 4 people develops some form of mental disorder at some stage in their life – the Surgeon General in the US estimates that 20% of the population of the States suffer from some form of recognisable mental disorder at any one time. It is the most common cause of disability in the western world. In fact, mental illness is more common than cancer, diabetes, or heart disease
The commonest mental disorder is depression, although there are also plenty of sufferers from alcohol and other drug misuse disorders as well. Psychiatry also covers various other quite commonly used and misused terms such as schizophrenia, psychosis, personality disorder, and bipolar disorder and many other rarer, distressing human problems and diseases – from body dysmorphic disorder to Huntington’s disease.
Regardless of what you may have heard, most mental disorders can now be diagnosed as reliably and accurately as the most common physical disorders, and with appropriate treatment, symptoms and suffering can be significantly reduced. However, up to two-thirds of those with a diagnosable mental disorder do not seek treatment, whether for fear of being stigmatized or lack of awareness.
Here at Psychiatry-UK LLP we have a group of Consultants with the expertise to work across the whole range of disorders of the mind including drugs and alcohol problems, eating disorders, problems associated with old age and those which develop in childhood and adolescence. As well as prescribing suitable drug treatments, we also have access to highly trained specialists in psychological therapies, either as members of the chamber or working closely with us and recommended by us.
We hope that the privacy offered and the confidentiality guaranteed by being able to access such highly trained specialists from a persons own home will allow some of those who might not otherwise be willing to discuss their problems and get some help.
If you feel that you need to explore any mental health issues, why not consider having a private consultation?