When, Why and What of Psychiatric Help”
Everyone reaches a point where they think: “we need help,” but if their healing processes are compromised, then they are unable to help themselves. Although our bodies and minds have the capacity to heal, sometimes the healthy part gets buried underneath the wounded self. For example, when a surgeon is treating a wound, he has to secure healthy margins of the wound, to put a suture to close the wound. Similarly, a psychiatrist assists with the mental wound; to secure those parts of the mind which are unaffected by the disease process. He appeals to those parts of your being, which are relatively healthy. Simply by giving medications, this is not a cure-all solution. In addition, medications are like a surgeon’s knife. They can cure, as well as injure. Mere tools require skills to use them effectively. Because of the necessary required skills, that is the reason a psychiatrist has to attend medical school and to study psychology and sociology. He also has to know how the society functions, because the individual he is treating does not live in a vacuum. Under optimal conditions, he is required to understand his own mind; which is an important tool to understand others. In addition, he needs to know his own biases and develop some clarity to know what the patient’s problems are, and not to confuse his own issues with the patients. On HBO Max, there is a relevant TV show “in treatment,” which describes the hard work of the psychiatrist; to correct these processes and to be able to assist the patients.