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What does it mean to see a psychiatrist?


“Turning to a psychiatrist” means turning to a doctor who specializes in the study of human emotions. A psychiatrist can help a person become happier, work better, and better deal with themselves, surrounding people, and circumstances. A psychoanalyst is a psychiatrist specializing in one of the types of psychiatric treatment, namely psychoanalysis, the subject of which, as we will see later, is to study and balance Id stresses in a patient. Other psychiatrists use other methods of treatment - various types of psychotherapy, medications, hypnosis and shock treatment. Some psychologists receive special training that allows them to engage in psychotherapy, although they are not allowed to prescribe medications or apply shock therapy. They are called "clinical psychologists." Like that. Some “social workers” (employees in US social affairs) also receive training. Professionally trained people using psychological methods of treatment are called psychotherapists.
When one person goes to another for a long time for advice or help, a strong and complex emotional connection arises. This happens regardless of whether the doctor and client are aware of it. Such a connection can manifest itself in conscious feelings of animosity, hostility, gratitude, resentment, admiration, or contempt. Some of these feelings may be natural and understandable, but often they are stronger than what the situation requires, since part of their strength and energy comes from childhood emotions left in the Eid and now transferred to the doctor. This process is called transfer. One of the main goals of a psychoanalyst is to analyze and make transferred feelings disappear; meanwhile, other psychiatrists and psychotherapists often prefer to leave the transference intact, as a strong sense of patient attachment to the doctor can help the treatment. For example, a patient who is very delighted with his psychiatrist, even if this admiration is exaggerated by children's feelings, is more likely to take his medications regularly.
Psychotherapy includes treatment methods, the effectiveness of which depends on the emotional relationship between the patient and the doctor. One of the most important scientific problems for all doctors is to determine how much the result of treatment depends on this emotional factor and to what extent it is really due to the physical or chemical methods used. Emotional factors of this kind affect even the most impersonal surgery. When the appendix is ​​removed, the amount of anesthetic required and the rate of wound healing may depend on the patient’s attitude towards the doctor.
There are several types of psychotherapy: subconscious and conscious, informal and formal. In subliminal psychotherapy, the doctor and, as a rule, the patient lose sight of the fact that emotional factors influence the treatment; the same happens sometimes with dental and surgical operations. In conscious psychotherapy, the doctor knows that he uses his emotional strength to treat, but the patient does not always know. In informal therapy, the doctor knows what he is doing, but modifies his treatment along the way; this type of treatment is used in certain situations by domestic doctors. In formal psychotherapy, there is a carefully thought-out plan for using the emotional situation in the interests of the patient according to a specific method; this is the type of treatment used by psychiatrists or psychoanalysts. Speaking of psychotherapy, we will mean this last kind.
Each psychiatrist naturally chooses a type of psychotherapy that can lead to the best results in the shortest possible time. The choice depends on both the personality of the doctor and the personality of the patient. A small number of psychiatrists are inclined to use hypnosis, since they are treated best with this method; most, however, believe that they are better off working without it.
The frequency of visits and the duration of treatment depend on the method used and on the needs of the patient. The psychoanalyst prefers to see his patients almost daily, or at least several times a week. It can last any time - from a year to five or ten years. On the other hand, during the treatment of Carrie Feyton and Janes Land, Dr. Tris (after the end of their attacks) saw them only once a month.
It seemed unreasonable to him to probe their psyche too deeply, already already too active. Therefore, he set himself a modest goal - to see that from month to month they remain in harmony with themselves and with the world around them, at least enough to engage in their profession. In some cases, this "preventative psychiatry" can continue throughout the rest of the patient's life. For mild illnesses, you may need only one or two visits. The most common schedule includes one individual visit per week or one group therapy session per week for approximately three years; and this is probably the minimum necessary to cure a neurosis or psychosis. A psychotherapist who has cured a neurosis or psychosis for this number of visits has the right to be proud of himself.
There are many methods of psychotherapy. First of all, individual and group therapy. Individual therapy is divided into psychoanalytic and other methods. In turn, psychoanalytic methods are divided into formal psychoanalysis and psychoanalytic therapy, using the ideas of psychoanalysis. Some other special methods, such as interaction analysis, are also associated with psychoanalysis, but view the problem differently. Along with methods that require special training, every psychiatrist knows the methods of re-education and persuasion in order to teach a person how to better manage their emotional reactions, without trying, however, to balance his Id tension. These methods are similar to suggestion, that is, an attempt to change the patient’s images by the action of the authority of a doctor without searching for their roots that go back to Id.
Group therapy is divided into psychoanalytic group therapy and group interaction therapy; other methods are applied to a lesser extent.
State or government hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities where patients live during their psychiatric treatment have specially trained staff to help patients relieve mental or physical stress and use their time to the greatest advantage. In solving their practical problems, such as money and family, "social workers" are especially useful to them; they also act as psychotherapists if they have the proper training. With the help of labor therapy, these workers try to ease their internal tensions by encouraging the patient's Eid and Ego to work together in the manufacture of specific things, such as carpentry, metal work, pottery, weaving, painting, or other arts and crafts. Industrial therapy trains the patient's ego in assessing reality, setting useful tasks for him, such as making furniture, repairing equipment, or office work. Musical and rhythmic therapy attempts to influence the patient’s frustrated way of feeling and thinking using programs that are carefully selected according to his personal needs or the needs of the groups he belongs to. Since all these types of activities are carried out in collaboration with other patients, they provide each of them with not only benefits specifically designed for him, but also some of the benefits of group therapy.
Most psychiatrists use a combination of methods appropriate to the individual needs of the patient. This is especially true for spa treatment, in which all types of activities are at the doctor’s service. However, it should be borne in mind that the art of a psychiatrist is incomparably more important than any amount of fresh air, sunlight and golf. Psychoses and neuroses rarely result from a lack of golf. A well-trimmed golf course calms the patient's family and inspires respect for his banker, but does not replace psychiatric art. When choosing a sanatorium should be guided by only one consideration: that the head or doctor was a good psychiatrist. Whatever his other qualities, they are not so important for the future patient.
Regardless of the professional approach and direction, the work of a psychotherapist is to observe human behavior, predict it and influence it. He must know what he is dealing with, and for this he needs preparation; know what to expect, and for this he needs experience; finally, to know what to do with it, and for this he needs skill.
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