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At Pall Mall Medical, our psychiatrists offer treatment and diagnosis for a full range of psychological conditions, without the need for a GP referral. Unlike psychologists, therapists or counsellors, psychiatrists are medically trained doctors, meaning they can prescribe medication alongside other treatments.
Our consultant psychiatrists can treat and manage a variety of conditions including:
Some people have trouble controlling their worries and feelings of anxiety and this can have a negative impact on their lives. For example, someone may be so worried about being in social situations that they avoid them altogether (social anxiety disorder) or a number of different things and situations may make them anxious (generalised anxiety disorder). A psychiatrist will discuss your anxieties with you and provide a course of treatment, possibly including medication, to help you cope with your anxiety.
People with bipolar tend to experience periods of intense overactive behaviour (mania) followed by periods of severe lows, with periods of stability in between. Treatment usually involves medication alongside psychological treatment.
Depression is characterised by long-term feelings of sadness, misery or hopelessness, often combined with feelings of anxiety and physical symptoms of tiredness and disturbed sleep. Treatment can involve lifestyle changes such as exercise combined with talking therapy and medication such as antidepressants.
People suffering from psychosis can experience a range of symptoms, many of which can be very distressing, including hallucinations and delusions. It’s crucial that people suffering from psychosis get the correct diagnosis and the support they need as the illness can affect behaviour and cause people to become aggressive or harm themselves or others. A combination of medication and talking therapy is usually prescribed to people suffering from psychosis.
Paranoia, delusions and hallucinations are just some of the many frightening symptoms associated with the serious mental illness schizophrenia. Treating schizophrenia involves talking therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and medication.
There are many illnesses which are believed to be caused by excess stress including insomnia, headaches and migraines, cardiovascular disease, skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, digestive problems and depression. Looking at the cause of the stress behind a stress-related illness can be the first step in treating the illness itself.
For elderly members of your family, psychiatry may be able to help with old age mental health problems, including dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
In children and teenagers, child psychiatry can help with various problems including eating disorders.
Dr Karim is a consultant psychiatrist and a senior member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, London with an extensive experience in…