Clinical assessment and treatment of adults over the age of 15 years. Services are provided initially as a consultation based appointment with Dr. Mariam Alawadhi, our consultant Psychiatrist in which all information’s are gathered from the patient and if any family members are present. Depending on the diagnosis and the treatment plan, follow up sessions are then scheduled in order to ensure continuity of care and treatment response. A wide range of clinical issues are being treated in the clinic, those include:
Mood disorders are psychological disorders characterized by the elevation or lowering of a person's mood. These includes:
- Depression —is also known as clinical or major depression, which can change the way people feel, leaving them with mental and physical symptoms for long periods of time. It can be triggered by a life event such as loss of a job, the end of a relationship or the loss of a loved one, or even other life stresses like a major deadline, moving to a new city or having a baby.
- Bipolar Disorder —is also known as manic depression because people with this disorder go through periods of intense depression and other periods where their mood is extremely high. These "high" periods are known as mania. It is important to note that most people with bipolar disorder also have periods where their moods are "normal".
- Postpartum Depression —is a form of depression that a mother can experience within the first few weeks, months or even up to a year after having a baby. 10% to 16% of women with postpartum depression begin experiencing symptoms during pregnancy. If left untreated, this depression can last for months or even years after the baby is born. The longer an episode of depression goes untreated, the longer the recovery and the higher the risk of suicide. It’s true that it’s normal for many new mothers to feel a bit down after childbirth, but if these “baby blues” last more than two weeks and affect your ability to take care of yourself and your baby, you may have postpartum depression.
Anxiety disorders describe a group of related mental illnesses. These include:
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)—is when someone is a part of or witnesses one or more traumatic events. This can be harmful to their mental health. Some examples of traumatic events are war, assault and other crimes, accidents and natural disasters. In addition to other symptoms, a person suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder can relive these events long after they’re over, through nightmares and flashbacks.
- Social anxiety disorder—is when a person is terrified of social settings because they feel other people are judging them and they fear they’ll embarrass themselves. This is also known as social phobia.
- Specific phobias—is when a person experiences extreme or unreasonable terror when confronted with a certain object, situation or activity. This terror can lead to a strong need to avoid that object or situation. The objects of phobias are diverse and can include fear of dogs, flying, enclosed spaces, water, and blood among others.
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)—is when a person has recurring, unpleasant thoughts (these are called obsessions), like thinking their hands are always dirty. As a result, they may develop repetitive and time-consuming behaviors to try and reduce anxiety or distress (these are called compulsions), like washing their hands hundreds of times a day.
- Panic Disorder — is a type of anxiety disorder that causes repeated, unexpected attacks of intense fear, along with fear of having more attacks. If you have panic disorder, you are probably also scared that bad things will happen to you because of the attacks.
Eating disorders are a group of mental illnesses that affect the way you feel about food and the way you feel about your body and yourself. There are three main eating disorders are
- Anorexia nervosa — is a mental illness that affects how you feel about your body and how you eat. People living with anorexia try to lose weight by eating very little, refusing to eat at all or exercising too much. Other people eat a small amount of food and then immediately try to eliminate the food by purging.
- Bulimia nervosa — in bulimia you eat a lot of food in a short period of time called binging. While you eat, you might feel like you can’t control how much you eat and when you’re finished eating, you might be scared that you’ll gain weight. As a result, you might try to purge the food.
- Binge-eating disorder — in binging, people eat a lot of food in a short period of time on a regular basis. You can’t control what you eat or how much you eat, but you feel distressed, disgusted, guilty or depressed after eating, but they usually don’t purge. Binge-eating disorder is sometimes called “compulsive overeating.”
Dementia is the name for a group of symptoms caused by disorders that affect the brain. People with dementia may not be able to think well enough to do normal activities, such as getting dressed or eating. They may lose their ability to solve problems or control their emotions. Their personalities may change; they may even become agitated or see things that are not there
Psychotic is often described as a “loss of reality” or a “break from reality” because it makes you experience or believe things that aren’t real. It can change the way you think, act, feel or sense things. Psychosis can be very scary and confusing, and it can significantly disrupt your life. You may experience vague warning signs before the symptoms of psychosis begin. Warning signs can include depression, anxiety, feeling “different” or feeling like your thoughts have sped up or slowed down.
Problems getting to sleep, staying asleep, or feeling rested after sleep are surprisingly common. One in four people experience regular sleep problems. Sleep difficulties occur when you experience stress, major life changes, health problems or substance use problems. Sleep problems can have a negative effect on your mental health by influencing your emotions, thoughts, behaviors and body sensations.
There is a mental aspect to every physical disease. How we react to disease and how we cope with disease vary greatly from person to person. Some people can have unexplained physical symptom as a result of an underlying psychological distress.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
ADHD is a mental illness that affects the way a child behaves or acts. ADHD starts to cause a lot of problems before a child is seven years. Children with ADHD might have a hard time paying attention to what’s going on around them or they might make careless mistakes at school or struggle to organize things. They may even fidget often or look very restless also find it hard time waiting in line or waiting for their turn. ADHD is noticed in young adults too.
Group therapy provides psychotherapy treatment in a format where there is typically one therapist and six to twelve participants with related problems. People in group therapy improve not only from the interventions of the therapist, but also from observing others in the group and receiving feedback from group members.