If you or someone you care about is suffering from a mental illness, or not coping well with things emotionally, a psychiatrist might be the right person to speak to. Dr. Joseph is a qualified expert at diagnosing and treating mental health problems. Your peace of mind is our main goal, we are here to help so please feel free to reach out to us by calling our clinic and visiting us.
Mental Health - What do they do?
Psychiatry is the branch of medicine devoted to the study and treatment of mental illness. For many centuries the study of the mental sphere was neglected, however, in recent decades our knowledge and the way of treating psychological pathologies has changed radically. In fact, much publicity has now been given to the importance of mental health, which is key to our lives.
The psychiatrist is an experienced professional, expert in mental illness, whose specialty takes a couple of years more than any other. In addition, they have subspecialties depending on the type of approach and the various techniques they apply to patients, which take years to master.
When to see a Psychiatrist?
A mental health condition is a medical condition that affects a person's thinking, feelings, mood, everyday life and ability to relate to others. As with other physical health conditions, mental health conditions may be caused by genetic, environmental, biological, social and/or cultural factors.
Common mental illnesses:
· Panic disorder
· Specific phobia
· Social anxiety disorder
· Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
· Posttraumatic stress disorder
· Bipolar disorder
· Substance use/abuse disorder
· Bulimia nervosa
· Binge eating disorder
· Adjustment disorder
· Dissociative disorders
· Sleep disorders
· Sexual disorders
· Somatoform disorders
· Pain disorder
· Body dysmorphic disorder
· Psychotic disorders
· Borderline personality disorder
· Attention deficit - Hyperactivity disorder
Common symptoms include:
· Feeling sad or down
· Extreme mood changes
· Low energy, problems sleeping
· Disinterest in regular activities and friends
· Excessive worrying
· Detachment from reality or hallucinations
· Suicidal thoughts
Benefits of psychotherapy
Psychotherapy can help you to think about why your unconscious processes lead you to hold certain beliefs and act in certain ways. It can help explore your earlier life experiences to gain insight into how these events might be impacting and guiding you today.
This will help you to react and behave in a more conscious and deliberate way and make necessary changes that are more helpful to your way of thinking.
These benefits depend on your particular circumstances and requires your full participation.
Psychiatric medications don't cure mental illness, but they can significantly improve symptoms. They can also help make other treatments, such as psychotherapy, more effective. The best medications for you will depend on your particular situation and how your body responds to the medication such as:
· Antidepressants, which are used to treat depression, anxiety and sometimes other conditions.
· Anti-anxiety medications are used to treat anxiety disorders, such as generalized anxiety disorder or panic disorder.
· Mood stabilizers are most commonly used to treat bipolar disorders, which involves alternating episodes of mania and depression.
· Antipsychotic drugs are typically used to treat psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia.
How can we help you:
· Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT)
· Emotion-focused therapy (EFT)
· Eye Movement Desensitization Re-exposure (EMDR)
· Family therapy and family-based interventions
· Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT)
· Schema-focused therapy
· Solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT)
Schema Therapy is an approach to the treatment of psychological problems that do not usually respond to brief therapy. Schema therapy is now widely used internationally, with a growing presence in Europe.
A schema is a stable, enduring negative pattern of thinking, feeling and behaving that develops during young age and continues into adulthood. The schema is reinforced through core beliefs, actions and relationships throughout an individual’s life. Negative schemas develop when primary childhood needs are not met. This can lead a perdon to act in a way that hurts themselves or others.
When parents can more or less meet the child’s core emotional needs appropriately, the child develops into a healthy adult.
Schema therapy has demonstrated significant results in reducing early maladaptive schemas (EMS) and improving symptoms as applied to a range of mental health disorders in adults including Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), other personality disorders, eating disorders, anxiety disorders, and post‐traumatic stress disorder.
A schema refers to and defines:
· How we see ourselves and our relationships with others.
· How we interpret memories, emotions, thoughts and beliefs in everyday situations.
· How we cope, respond and make decisions about everyday situations.
English Doctor Barcelona: Experts in Mental Health
Finding a person who will provide real psychiatric support is not easy. Not only must he or she be a true professional, with extensive knowledge, but they must also be empathetic and humane. At English Doctor Barcelona we know how important it is to regain control over our thinking and mental health, which is why Dr. Joseph will make sure you get back on track with your life.
No paperwork, no cumbersome therapies and no waste of time. At English Doctor Barcelona we have experts who can understand you to perfection, no matter what country you come from. We are a medical center with great concern for your mental health with expertise in creating personalized plans for you recover when you feel lost.