Polska Przychodnia: Psychiatrist

A psychiatrist is a doctor who specializes in mental health.

What do I do in my psychiatric practice? 

I provide diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders and illnesses. I take the patient’s medical history asking about symptoms, personal and family history, stimulants, and somatic diseases. I make a diagnosis and offer treatment. As a doctor, I treat mainly with medications. I am always ready to give an advice on alternative treatment methods or the need for psychotherapy.

What I do not do in my practice: 

I do not provide an individual, couple or group psychotherapy which require a regular one-hour appointments every 1-2 weeks for several months. This service is available in our practice as a part of a psychologist's consultation.

I also do not provide diagnosis and psychotherapy for couples. This service is available from our practice as a part of a psychologist's consultation. 

Disorders and illnesses that I treat:

  • Psychotic disorders (schizophrenia, reactive and exogenous psychoses)
  • Neuroses and disorders of the neurotic type (stress, anxiety disorders, panic attacks, obsessions and somatic)
  • Affective disorders (bipolar disorder, depressive disorders)
  • Eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, obesity)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTDS) 

Disorders and diseases I do not treat:

  • Alcohol and drug addictions
  • Gambling
  • ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder)
  • Learning disabilities
  • Personality disorders including borderline syndrome
  • Sexual dysfunctions
  • Sexual paraphilias
  • I don't prescribe stimulants
  • I do not do medico-legal work and I do not work as an expert witness.

Who can I help as a psychiatrist:

Working as an adult psychiatrist I treat people between 18 and 65 years of age. 

Who I cannot treat as an adult psychiatrist: 

I do not treat children and adolescents; they should be referred to a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist.

I do not treat people with learning disabilities. There is a separate psychiatric subspecialty in the UK and in this case please seek help from a Learning Disability Psychiatrist.

I do not help with alcohol and drug addictions. In the UK there is a separate subspecialty (Addiction Psychiatrist). If you are looking for help, please visit the Addiction Service.

 

An early diagnosis means a disease or disorder can be cured even if long-term therapy is required. Going to a doctor and starting treatment will certainly improve your well-being and can help to improve your quality of life.