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Psychiatric Disorders

Human beings can endure emotional pain as much as physical pain, as humans we are made out of a body and a soul that are attached together, each one affects the other.

Unfortunately when someone suffers from physical pain they tend to seek professional help instantly, in contrast to emotional pain where a person puts up with his distressing feelings and thoughts for a very long time. Finally, when he cannot tolerate it anymore, he might confide in a friend or visit a psychiatrist after it has consumed his energy and happiness. Our advise for the patients is to visit a psychiatrist as soon as possible, treatment is available, the earlier they get help the better their prospects are for improvement and living a happy and content life.

Psychiatric disorders have been divided into two main categories which are mainly related to the level of insight into a person's condition.

The first group of disorders includes patients who seems -on the surface- to be functioning fine and living a normal life but actually that person is in a lot of pain and torment and is trying hard to appear well. He is aware of his condition and feels that what he is going through is unusual, he tries to conceal it for fear of humiliation which could lead him isolating himself and sometimes, self medicating.

The most common disorders in this group are:- anxiety disorders, depression, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorders, conversion disorder, psychosomatic disorders, sexual dysfunctions, postpartum disorders.

The second group includes psychotic disorders where patients are confused and have irrational thinking, they are not aware that they have an illness and feel insulted if someone brings it to their attention.

A psychotic patient can hear voices talking to him in the absence of anyone being there and has an unfounded explanation for it, these are called delusional beliefs. These beliefs are unrealistic and improbable yet you cannot convince him otherwise.

This person distances himself from reality and lives with his morbid beliefs which could affect his behavior and his relationships. For example, if someone believes that his neighbor is against him, this could lead him to being hostile towards his neighbor, or a person who believes that his wife is unfaithful could follow her around, divorce her or in the worst case, try to kill her.

If a psychotic patient does not get the help he vitally needs, his condition may deteriorate and he might lose his job and his family.

It is mandatory for the patient's family to detect the early signs of mental illness and to support him seek professional help immediately.

Too much emotional involvement by the family can be counter productive but also ignoring the patient's needs is harmful.

Thus, a psychiatrist who is designing the patient's treatment plan has to put in consideration his family as an important partner who is central to the success of therapy and relapse prevention.