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.
These symptoms are observable as well as subjective and objective investigation expose these to you.
Change in appetite
Lack of energy
Taking psychiatric medications
Lack of social skills
Frequent arguments and fights
Difficulties in decision making indecisiveness
Child raising problems
Lack of care of the appearance
Unusual movements, tics, mannerisms
Difficulty in making choices
Feeling of loss
Aggression without any reason
Emotional crisis or distress.
Suspicion of violence
Typical medical complaints due to victimization are:
Physical signs of victimization of violence are:
Psychological symptoms of victimization are like:
Person being quiet
Poor eye contact
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.