Human Condition

Hi!Our life is full of both joys and sorrows. Mostly we handle our human condition well but at times some of us land at a rough patch and need help. A psychiatrist has training in dealing with such situations because of his/ her training in the workings of body and mind. We are able to offer remedies which could range from medications to psychotherapy. At times the involvement of family and social and spiritual support could be well warranted.I need to add that such situations are often times opportunities for growth and I would feel very privileged if I could facilitate 

Bio of Dr. Sunil Bhatia:

Know your Psychiatrist

Born and brought up in New Delhi – the capital of India, I completed my medical school and psychiatric education at the prestigious, Maulana Azad Medical College. After immigrating to the States, I trained at Brookdale Hospital affiliated with SUNY Downstate in Brooklyn, New York. I was the chief resident and a fellow at New York Psychoanalytic Clinic in my final year of training. Thereafter, I had a brief training in child psychiatry. I came to the Upstate in 2000 and since then I have worked in both clinical and teaching positions at mental health clinics, State Hospital, Mary Black Hospital, Spartanburg Regional Hospital and PRISMA Health System. My approach in Psychiatry is Client Centered. I strongly believe that psychiatric problems can engulf our whole being and underlying causes are multi factorial – genetic, medical, psychological, social , spiritual and so on. The treatment modalities should be based on our knowledge in neurosciences, behavioral sciences, literature, philosophy and religion. My mantra is to promote “ physical, mental, social and spiritual well being.” Above all, my message to my future patients is that: “we are all struggling with the problems of life and helping them is a privilege and opportunity for learning more about life.”

“When, Why and What of Psychiatric Help!”

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.