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HOW DO WE TREAT ?


We treat psychological, behavioral and mental health issues by a multidisciplinary team, using a judicious mix of various evidence-based scientific treatment methods.

Now, clarification of the above statement:

Psychological issues:

Distressing experiences of mind, causing difficulties in personal, psychosocial and occupational functioning

Behavioral issues:

Visible behaviours which are problematic and interfere with personal, psychosocial and occupational functioning.

Mental health issues

Traditionally called mental illness or mental disorders.

International classification of diseases by World Health Organisation, lists various conditions as mental and behavioural disorders. Traditionally, they are also called mental illness and constitute the core of the psychiatric speciality. To read about the major categories, click here…

Multidisciplinary

At Vazhikatti, the treating team consists of Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists, Counselling Psychologists, Occupational Therapist, Psychiatric Social Workers and Mental Health Nurses, who are all qualified and experienced in their respective aspect of care providing.

This team approach, meets the care needs of the patient and their family members, in all the important dimensions of Mental Health Care –Biological, Psychological & Social. Hence, it is also called Bio-Psycho-Social model of care.

The Team

A team is a group of individuals working together to achieve a goal. At Vazhikatti, the multidisciplinary team members work together envisaging the vision of creating smiles of relief, satisfaction and happiness through treatment excellence.

Scientific

A systematic way of building and organising knowledge, which have been tested and verified.

Evidence-based

Treatment decisions are optimised based on the evidence from well designed and well conducted research, in the field of psychiatry, around the world.

Judicious mix of treatment methods

Treatment depends on the nature and severity of the conditions and the underlying causes. The causes may be multiple and it may vary from individual to individual depending on age, sex, education, occupation, location, health and socioeconomic status, etc. Hence, treatment has to be personalized and optimised to meet the needs of the individual and also his family and life circumstances. This may involve counselling, pharmacotherapy, psychotherapy, psychosocial interventions, lifestyle interventions, etc, in varying combination. That is what we call, the judicious mix of treatment methods.

To know the various treatment methods practiced in the field of Mental Health Care click here…

How do we treat?

5 stages of Care

  • Stage 1: Point of contact and telephonic triage
  • Stage 2: In person reception and triage
  • Step 3: Assessment, diagnosis and treatment planning
  • Stage 4: Treatment initiation
  • Stage 5: Reviews and follow treatment

Core assessment process

  • History
  • Physical Examination
  • Clinical diagnosis
  • Psychological tests
  • Blood test & Imaging tests
  • Final Diagnosis

Delivery mode

  • Individual
  • Couple
  • Family
  • Peer group
  • Family group

Physical setting

  • IP
  • OP
  • Day care
  • Home visits
  • Tele psychiatry

Methods

  • Counselling
  • Pharmacotherapy
  • Psychoeducation
  • Psychotherapy
  • Psychosocial therapy
  • De addiction
  • Occupational therapy
  • Rehabilitation
  • Miscellaneous
    1. Life style management
    2. Brain stimulation therapy
    3. Hypnotherapy
    4. Biofeedback
    5. Electroconvulsive therapy
    6. Play therapy
    7. Narcotherapy
    8. Art therapy
    9. Yoga therapy

Support services

  • NGO
  • Government hospital referral
  • Government financial support
  • Home nurse
  • Life coaching
  • House call
  • Employment
  • Peer support
  • Family group

Personal note from Dr K Selvaraj:

You don't have to be mentally ill or disordered to seek help at Vazhikatti Mental Health Centre.The most basic form of help in the field of Mental Health Care is counselling. For otherwise healthy people with personal, psychological distress due to life’s challenges and problems, counselling alone may be appropriate and enough. Usually, interpersonal conflicts among family members, friends and workmates and issues in intimate relationships are dealt primary by counselling.

 The scope at Vazhikatti goes well beyond treating traditional mental illness and disorders. This wider scope has been kept in place even at the time of naming the organisation in 2002, and hence, called Mental Health Centre, rather than just a psychiatric hospital. Apart from treating mental illness, it envisioned stress management, mental health protection, mental health promotion, clinical training for aspiring mental health professionals and also research in the field of Mental Health Care.

Counselling

Psychological therapies

Behavioral therapy

 

Social therapy

Marital Therapy

Dialectical Behavioral therapy

 

Social Rhythm Therapy

Client centered therapy

Occupational therapy

 

Cognitive Remedial therapy

Electro convulsive therapy

Mindfulness therapy

 

Relaxation Training

Sleep Hygiene

Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy

 

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