What is psychiatry?

Psychiatry refers to the diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions, and can include prescribing medication as a form of treatment if necessary. There are a very large number of issues that are treated by psychiatrists, include dementia and memory loss problems, anxiety, phobias, depression, and disorders such as those regarding eating or sleeping.

What does this involve?

The treatment you receive is dependent on the issue or condition you are suffering from. You may be prescribed medication. You may receive further counselling or cognitive behavioural therapy, known as CBT

When will I recover?

Your recovery is dependent on the condition you are suffering from and the treatment you require, but patients should note that it may take many months to cement the change. You may require more than one counselling or therapy session. You may be required to take long-term medication. You may be required to make lifestyle or diet changes.

What risks should I know about?

Medications will come with their own side effects, and some may not be suitable for you, but your consultant should discuss this with you and answer any questions you may have