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How COVID-19 Pandemic Affected Mental Health in Our Communities?

By |September 24th, 2022|

How COVID-19 Pandemic Affected Mental Health in Our Communities? The end of 2019 marked the beginning of the spread of the Corona-Virus. Originating in China, it began to take over the world, and one by one, nearly every country in the world had people losing their lives or falling severely ill because of the virus. Following the emergence of the Virus WHO, by March 2020, declared a global pandemic due to the global-wide spread of the disease. Countries, all around the globe, came to a stand-still. Lock-downs were put in place and only under dire circumstances could a person leave the safety of their home. By February 2021, over 108 million cases were reported worldwide. The threat was real. People were well and truly horrified by such a disease. Never in their lives had they faced such a horrifying reality. And this reality had a major effect on their mental health. From anxiety to depression to panic attacks. Not to mention the loss of loved ones because of the Virus. Measures to prevent the spread of the virus included canceled flights, mandatory use of face masks in public places, social distancing, restrictions of large gatherings, closure of restaurants, schools, universities, offices. While worldwide health authorities and WHO worked on containing the outbreak, such a period of health crises has had serious repercussions on the human mind and emotional state of being. All these factors, and more, contributed to a major spike in the development of mental [...]

What Is the Difference Between Psychiatrists, Therapists and Psychologists?

By |September 24th, 2022|

What Is the Difference Between Psychiatrists, Therapists and Psychologists? What is the difference between a Psychiatrist, Therapist and a Psychologist? These terms are used interchangeably and considered synonymous with one another. But that is far from the truth. Though all three work together to improve the patient's health, they are very different from one another. Psychiatrist A Psychiatrist, in layman’s terms, is a medical doctor who takes into account both the mental and physical aspects of a psychological problem. They diagnose mental disorders and focus on the chemical imbalances in the brain. Since they are trained physicians, a psychiatrist can order or perform both medical and psychological tests to determine the physical as well as mental state of a patient. There are times when a type of mental condition may be a symptom of an underlying medical condition. A common example is brain tumors, which lead to depression, anxiety disorders and panic attacks. Not to mention personality changes, auditory and visual hallucinations and even mania. With the help of tests a psychiatrist can make a connection between the mental and physical illnesses, along with the complete family as well as a genetic history to check the medical and psychological data they can make a proper diagnosis. This can lead to a better and more efficient treatment plan. People may seek psychiatric help for various reasons. The problems might be sudden, such as those including panic attacks, suicidal thoughts, frightening hallucinations, hearing voices, etc. Others may [...]

Start Virtual Therapy

By |September 24th, 2022|

Start Virtual Therapy There are many different forms of therapies that offer support to work through mental health needs. Traditional therapy provides support through face-to-face or in-person interactions with a licensed therapist. With the advancements in technology and the looming danger of COVID a new form of therapy has formed in recent years, known as Virtual Therapy. This therapy, as the name suggests, is virtual in nature and takes place via the phone, an app or a video chat. It is also known as Online Therapy or Tele-therapy. Other mediums that come under the category of Virtual Therapy include texts, chat and emails. Virtual Therapy is a type of tele-medicine. It can occur at any time through phone conversations and text messaging. And though there are some limitations, it is quickly becoming an important resource for a growing number of people. Research has suggested that Virtual Therapy is just as effective as traditional therapy but more convenient naturally. With the advent of COVID, Virtual Therapy has thrived. Therapists have taken to having sessions with their patients through virtual platforms, because not only has this kept people safe from a deadly virus, it has also helped them get through a difficult and traumatizing time in their lives. How Traditional Therapy Differs from Virtual Therapy Here’s how Virtual Therapy differentiates from Traditional (In-Person) Therapy: Pros of In-Person Therapy Cons of In-Person Therapy Having face-to-face sessions with a patient allows the therapist to read the non-verbal cues. These may be [...]

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