So what kind of patients did I meet there, well basically patients with chronic conditions, meaning more than 6 months or milder presentation of psychiatry conditions.. Amongst which are:
Depression was the most common I saw.. either as major depressive disorder or bipolar disorder (aka mood disorders). Most cases where brought in after an unsuccessful suicide attempt or in the case of bipolar after a manic episode. quite sad stories but was good to see how therapy was helping them get back to their normal life.
Delusional disorders (a fixed belief that is either false, fanciful, or derived from deception) was the most fascinating to me. What fascinates the most is that this people have no insight to their problem, you cannot convince them that what you believe isn't true. Another thing that fascinates me is how hard is it for you as a doctor to tell this are delusions, what if what the patient is telling you is true? because there were cases where it wasn't possible to obtain hetero anamnesis (information from someone else).
here are some types of delusional disorder,
- Erotomanic Type (erotomania): delusion that another person is in love with the individual.
- Grandiose Type: delusion of inflated worth, power, knowledge, identity, or special relationship to a famous person.
- Jealous Type: delusion that the individuals sexual partner is unfaithful.
- Persecutory Type: delusion that the person (or someone to whom the person is close) is being malevolently treated in some way.
- Somatic Type: delusions that the person has some physical defect or general medical condition.
Schizophrenia (not all cases) the most interesting for me.. spoke about this in previous post.
Personality disorders.. basically a behavior that deviates from your normal expected behavior. one interesting one is borderline personality disorder, not quite there but almost there. this is between psychosis and neurosis. individuals are emotionally unstable
Alcohol Withdrawal or generally withdrawal from any substance of abuse (crack, coke, marijuana etc). Who knew how hard it is is to quit an addiction? you actually need to be admitted to a hospital facility because you could die from withdrawal symptoms, or in most cases relapse.. So please drink responsibly and stay away from drugs!!
and lots more can't mention/remember all.. One thing I kept asking myself, which am sure is the same for everyone is, doesn't everyone have some kind of psychiatry condition? because if there is one thing I know is that I have diagnosed myself with a lot of psychiatry condition.. I mean almost every one has some sort of personality changes or mood changes, or delusions at some point. (for example there are time I am walking in the night and I see someone and think they want to harm me..lol..). So what brings you to the Psychiatrist? (cause obviously not everyone out there is gonna go to the psychiatrist when u or someone notices a change in your normal behavior/personality). Well just when this 'change' interferes severely with your daily life.