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According to World Health Organisation one in every four people is suffering from some sort of mental disorder. There are around 450 million people in the world who have serious mental health issues. Despite its prevalence, mental illness, psychiatric conditions and treatment are still surrounded by social stigma and shrouded with misconceptions. This is why people with mental illness often hide their conditions from friends and family and as a result, they do not get enough treatment. Over here we discuss a few myths that still grip mental issues and psychiatric treatments:

1. Psychiatrists will force-medicate you

Every psychological condition comes with different modes of diagnosis. Each patient has different needs. A qualified psychiatrist never force medicates his/her patient. Psychiatrists work with the patients and understand their condition. Based on their diagnosis, they prescribe medicines or therapy.

2. Only Crazy people undergo Psychiatric treatment

This is absolutely wrong. The majority of people who visit a psychiatrist usually go for treating a certain imbalance so that they can manage the symptoms of their mental illness. Also, there are people who undergo psychiatric treatment to treat side effects of any other condition. For instance, people suffering from Asperger’s Syndrome might need psychiatric treatment for combating anxiety.

3. Psychiatric treatment has no room for behavioural or talk therapy

Contrary to this belief, behavioural therapy and talk therapies are among the most effective methods employed by the psychiatrists.

4. People with mental illness never recover

Though there are cases where people with a certain mental condition need to undergo lifelong treatment but this is just in a few cases.  Most of the mental conditions are curable. The psychiatrists mainly look for mental imbalances and once these imbalances are corrected, the patient is cured.

5. Psychiatric drugs affect your personality

Any medication can have negative effects when they are misused. People usually view such changes in a negative light. However, the truth is, psychiatric drugs treat a certain mental condition and help patients. For instance, a person suffering from depression feels positive after using psychiatric medication. It makes them free from self-destructive thoughts and brings a positive change.

Hopefully, these points will help eliminate the misconceptions. If you are looking for psychiatric treatment Kolkata, then contact us.

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