Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective And Other Psychotic Disorders
Psychosis is when you lose touch with reality and see, hear and believe things that are not true. Schizophrenia is a chronic brain disorder that causes psychosis as well as other symptoms. Schizoaffective disorder is when aspects of both schizophrenia and mood disorder are present.
At CHENNAI MINDS, Dr. Radhika will assess your symptoms accurately and prescribe appropriate medications. These medications may not completely cure your illness but will enable you to lead a normal and productive life. This includes treating dual diagnosis and co-morbidities.
These include unipolar depression, bipolar type I and type II. Depression is characterised by low mood, loss of interest in activities and reduced energy. Bipolar disorders are when depression alternates with high mood (mania/ hypomania).
At CHENNAI MINDS, mood disorders are accurately diagnosed and treated as they could lead to complications such as self-harm and suicide. Medications such as antidepressants and mood stabilizers are prescribed after assessment and investigations.
We use the NICE guidelines and have had good experience in the use of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and counseling along with medications.
This includes generalised anxiety disorders, panic disorders and phobias. about different things. Antidepressants such as SSRIs are licensed and effective in the use of anxiety disorders along with CBT and counselling, lifestyle modifications.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Obsessive-compulsive disorder is a common condition that comprises of obsessions (repeated thoughts, urges, images that cause anxiety) and compulsions (that are actions done in response to the thought).
SSRIs are found to be effective in OCD along with Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT). I, Dr. Radhika of Chennai minds have good experience in treating OCD by CBT and have also attended specialist clinics in NIMHANS to understand more about treating resistant OCD.
Assessment & Management Of Alcohol Dependence Syndromes
Alcohol dependence can be a disabling illness. I in Chennai minds offer detailed assessments and I have expertise in detoxification, use of latest anti-craving medications, counselling to overcome addiction.
In India, up to 9 lakh people die every year due to tobacco-related diseases. At CHENNAI MINDS, Dr. Radhika offers an in-depth assessment to know the level of dependence. We offer Counselling and medication treatment to quit Nicotine dependency.
Sleeplessness can have many causes related or unrelated to mental illness. At CHENNAI MINDS, Dr. Radhika will rule out any treatable mental illness. Following that, we would offer counselling on sleep hygiene and treatment if necessary.
Challenging Behaviour In Autism Spectrum Disorders
Dr. Radhika has a higher specialist training in intellectual disability psychiatry and well trained in this area using the Antecedents, Behaviour, Consequences model and treating co-existing mental illness leading to challenging behaviour, counselling and supporting families on these issues.
Internet Addiction Disorders
Dr. Radhika offers assessment and treatment of this new developing condition, including co-morbidities that leads to internet addiction which is the bane of our modern life. She has extensive experience from the SHUT clinics (Service for Healthy Use of Technology) in NIMHANS.
ADHD is a childhood disorder and sometimes symptoms persist into adulthood interfering with day to day work that requires sustained concentration, organization and planned execution. Dr. Radhika has a special interest in this condition and offers consultation and treatment.
Tourette syndrome is characterised by motor and vocal tics such as such as eye blinking, head jerking, coughing or even swearing. Tourette syndrome and other tic disorders may require medications if severe and interfering in day to day functioning.
At CHENNAI MINDS, Dr. Radhila has a special interest in this condition based on her research thesis. We offer consultation in the management of this condition.