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How Medical Doctors Can Spot Mental Health Issues In Their Patients

Doctors, are you aware? How to know your patients need Mental Health Support?

How Medical doctors and General Physicians can sort out mental health issues in their patients by keeping in mind the following symptoms:

This list is collected by numerous observations that can lead to more investigation of mental health issues.

Physical investigations

These symptoms are observable as well as subjective and objective investigation expose these to you.

Bodily aches

Sleeplessness

Change in appetite

Panic attacks/fits

Lack of energy

Taking psychiatric medications

Lack of social skills

Social contacts

Frequent arguments and fights

Difficulties in decision making indecisiveness

Complaints

Traumatic experiences

Bereavement

Child raising problems

Hyperarousal

Concentration problems

Memory loss

Appearance

Sad

Anxious

Frightened

Lack of care of the appearance

Unusual movements, tics, mannerisms

Inner problems

Difficulty in making choices

Shame

Guilt

Excessive worrying

Relationship issues

Loneliness

Social withdrawal

Personal neglect

Sadness

Fear

Overwhelming emotions

Crying excessively

Feeling of loss

Prolonged grief

Suicidal thoughts

Suicidal plans

Suicide attempts

Aggression without any reason

Emotional crisis or distress.

Suspicion of violence

Typical medical complaints due to victimization are:

Headache

Neck pain

chest pain

Physical signs of victimization of violence are:

Bruises

Burns

Cuts

Fractures

Psychological symptoms of victimization are like:

Depression

Anxiety

Person being quiet

Withdrawn

Fearing

Crying

Poor eye contact

Tired

And suicidal ideas etc.

Typical questions which may lead to further investigations

Do you have any problem sleeping at night?

How is your general mood, or what do you feel most of the time?

Do you have any worries?

Do you have any significant changes in life, i.e., marriage, divorce, adoption, unemployment, job-related stress e.t.c?

Do you have sought any help for this problem in the past?

Do you have any family history of this issue?

Have you undergone any counseling or therapy for this issue?

If any answer to the above questions is yes, you must consider referring such a patient to Mental Health professionals. They have tools to assess such patients. If they evaluate them at an early stage of their issue, the effort needed to treat them is lesser than when left unresolved for years.

If they have any stigmas related to Mental health care, you are the person who can help him or her to destroy this destructive pattern of thinking. And encourage them to seek help before it is too late.

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