We can all struggle to cope with the challenges life sends our way. However, for some people this can be further compounded by factors such as having had an unhappy childhood or having experienced excessive stress, trauma or losses. This could impact your ability to lead a happy and fulfilling life.
Modern medicine, paired with world-class psychiatry expertise, makes it possible for Medcare-Camali to help you through your struggles and gradually overcome them. Our psychiatrists can help with a number of different conditions, from the simple to the most complex. Every person brings with them unique life experiences that we work through together.
A: Our highly qualified psychiatrists can evaluate and manage a range of conditions:
A: A psychiatrist is a medically trained professional who helps patients and their families manage and potentially overcome mental health issues and disorders. The training required to become a Specialist Psychiatrist is a minimum of 9 years. Using an in-depth interview process, they will work with you to explore your history, symptoms, culture and environment to reach an accurate diagnosis.
A psychiatrist can prescribe medication, if they find that a patient’s mental health would benefit from a short or long-term course of it. Any decisions regarding medication are best done in a collaborative manner giving people sufficient information to make an informed decision. Any medication is always prescribed as part of a holistic biological, psychological and social package of care.
All psychiatrists will have had some therapeutic training or expertise but it varies from one psychiatrist to another how much they will do the talking therapies themselves or whether they will work jointly with other colleagues.
Psychologists and/or Counsellors typically offer talking therapies to treat a range of conditions. They have usually completed a Masters level qualification or equivalent in their field of expertise. Clinical Psychologists have usually required a higher level Clinical Doctorate qualification in their field of expertise and can treat more serious conditions and supervise other therapists. Many psychologists can perform cognitive testing (such as an ‘IQ’ test) or personality tests depending on their expertise and qualifications. Psychologists do not have the privileges to prescribe medication although – especially if they work in multidisciplinary teams – will be familiar with medications and can work together with psychiatrists to offer the best possible package of care.
A: You can book to see a psychiatrist if your symptoms are affecting your ability to function. If you are unsure, you can book a free 15-minute telephone assessment with a referral coordinator; and they help you decide on the best course of action.
A: We work with some of the region’s best medical professionals. Pairing their exceptional qualifications and experience with our values of compassion and care, our psychiatrists work as part of a multi-disciplinary team offering a holistic and balance package of care. Our focus is to offer the right treatment for the right person at the right time.
Our clinicians are highly qualified and experienced (many with over 10 years of clinical experience) and trained to the highest international standards.
A: This is assessed on a case-by-case basis. Depending on your needs and treatment plan, you may need to meet with your psychiatrist weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly. During this time, your psychiatrist will be able to understand your progress and the effectiveness of the treatment plan.
A: Medication is not always necessary, although the adverse symptoms of some mental conditions can be managed with it. A typical class of psychotropic medication includes antidepressants, antipsychotic medications, sedatives and anxiolytics, hypnotics, mood stabilizers & stimulants. These can help control your symptoms, making everyday life easier & more manageable.
A: Everything you discuss with your psychiatrist is confidential. The rare exception to this is if you or someone you know is in imminent danger. Our members of staff are trained to adhere to and respect patient confidentiality. If, in the rare circumstance, there would need to be an emergency-based disclosure, this will be discussed with you first.
A: Advise them to go and see a Family Doctor or General Practitioner (GP) who can then refer them to a psychiatrist. This will help with insurance coverage. However, you can call the clinic and book to see a psychiatrist directly.
A: Medcare-Camali’s psychiatrists are multi-lingual offering services in English, Arabic, Hindi and Urdu amongst others. Abiding by the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), Medcare-Camali’s team follows international standards. Our professionals are some of the best in the UAE and the region.
Your initial consultation is the first appointment and will last between 50 to 60 minutes. During this time, your psychiatrist will start to get to know you by listening careful to help identify what your fundamental difficulties are and to better understand your condition and what kind of help you are looking for.
Taking a holistic biological, psychological and social approach, the psychiatrist will endeavor to support, guide and equip you with tools, techniques and medication (if required) to deal with your unique condition on your journey from ill health to wellness. You can also opt for support from the comfort of home with our online psychiatrists. Medcare-Camali is here for you.
Last update date: 21-03-2023
Dr. Girish Banwari is a psychiatrist with over 10 years’ clinical experience in both government & private settings in specialised psychiatry clinics as well as tertiary care, multispeciality hospitals.