A visit to a psychologist or a psychiatrist
The role of a psychologist is to provide mental support to persons in crisis and to diagnose psychological problems and conflicts. A deeper psychological diagnosis is necessary in persons, suffering of:
- anxiety states,
- obsessive thoughts and activities,
- low mood,
- sleep and appetite disorders,
- problems with coping with negative emotions (anger, malice, fear) and impulses.
A visit may cover the diagnosis of personality to learn the fixed pattern of reacting to external events and internal experiences - patterns which impede adaption and coping with life difficulties, as well as solving of conflicting interpersonal situations. Diagnosed are also the styles of coping with the stress, psychological defence mechanisms, self-image and -self-evaluation as a significant resource, helpful in coping with difficult situations. It is important to learn emotional relations in the family of origin and traumatic experiences from childhood and adulthood.
The result may be useful to design a plan for psychotherapy
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Such a visit may be easier when the patient is accompanied by some close person - such a person is allowed by a doctor to be present.
How is a visit to a psychologist or a psychiatrist arranged
A psychiatric doctor does not apply any complicated diagnostic methods, sometimes does not wear a white gown. A sincere conversation is most important, which enables to explain the causes of anxiety to the examined person. The doctor will ask question to obtain information necessary for diagnosis.
Questions about delusions and hallucinations (schizophrenic symptoms) may sound strange for persons with other disorders, but the answers to such questions are necessary in the diagnostic process. The psychiatrist may also evaluate such parameters as arterial blood pressure, may refer to additional examinations / tests which will help to obtain the diagnosis or monitor the therapeutic process.