Diseases of the mind, commonly known as ‘ psychiatric illness ‘ or in common language ‘ madness ‘ affects adults relatively commonly. Psychiatric problems also affect children, however at a slightly later stage, in middle and late childhood. Many intense life events ( loss of a parent, loss of a sibling, change of address, witness of any stressful situation ) can trigger off psychiatric illness in children. Diagnosis maybe difficult sometimes, and a high index of suspicion is required to make an early diagnosis. Fortunately, most childhood psychiatric illnesses are transitory or temporary and the child can be effectively treated and brought back to a normal state.
Psychiatric Illness also affects women and mothers in the post delivery period. Our Psychiatrist is qualified and experienced to address these issues and offer proper professional guidance.
At Lotus Hospitals for Women & Children , we offer excellent professional help for patients needing such counseling and treatment. The causes of psychiatric illness in children and women are varied : genetic predisposition, environmental factors, certain drugs and medicines used for other illnesses and toxins and certain liver and metabolic diseases have psychiatric components . The psychologist services include individual and group psychotherapy, social skills training and individualized academic assistance. Other services include parent training to support child behavior changes, family therapy to help families cope with significant stress, and counseling to help integrate children with chronic illnesses into the school environment.
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The Psychiatry Department also works closely with the Child Psychology Service, Speech Therapy Service and the Neurorehabilitation Programme.
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