What are various critical mental illness?

There are multiple mental illnesses, also known as psychiatric disorders. The list includes bipolar disorder, depression, ADD/ADHD, OCD, PTSD, anxiety, insomnia, psychosis, and schizophrenia.

Most dangerous are bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, which requires quick treatment once diagnosed. But before you read about the treatment, you need to know about bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

  • BIPOLAR DISORDER –

People who suffer from Bipolar disorder experience extreme mood swings ranging from depressing low to exciting highs.

In an exciting mood, the patient feels very little need to sleep and rest, while in depressing lows, the patient feels low self-esteem and very little urge to do work.

The mood swing may also include suicidal thoughts. This period may last for days or months. Bipolar disorder treatment lasts lifelong and needs psychotherapy and some combination of medications.

  • SCHIZOPHRENIA –

Patients who have schizophrenia face symptoms including disorganized speech, lack of thinking ability, hallucinations, delusions, weak and lack of proper behavior.

Schizophrenia also requires lifelong treatment and involves psychotherapy, coordinated specialty care services, along with a combination of medications.

The treatment of both Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia requires time. Hence you should seek the help of a doctor who has rich experience in handling cases related to bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

You can go to your doctor’s website to read about his qualification and experience. You should also find if your doctor is one who listens to the problems and then gives medications, or he is the one who remains in a hurry and forces his medication and treatment on you. You can find answers to these questions by reading the reviews of patients who were treated by your doctor earlier.

The most important thing is your privacy. Hence your doctor should be willing to sign a confidentiality clause. It prevents him from sharing your medical history with any other person.  However, if your case is of child or elder abuse, or you are posing a threat to the life of others and yours, then your doctor may report it to the police.

Treatment involving Bipolar disorder and schizophrenia

A severe case study is required to treat bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, as both of these are lifelong conditions. Hence, the doctor starts with the session involving psychiatric evaluation of your patient, which may last up to 60 min.

But if it seems that 60 minutes is not enough, then the doctor gives you the next appointment to finish the rest of the evaluation. The reason behind this is to gather information about symptoms and what causes those symptoms to aggravate. After the start of treatment, your doctor asks you to come for weekly follow-ups to see the effect of treatment given to you. The follow-up session is usually 30 minutes long, and if the doctor feels any need to change medications or treatment, he tells you that in the session. Once your patient’s condition gets stable, the doctor then schedules the follow-ups once in 3 months.

Based on the condition of your patient’s bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, your doctor may provide you with treatment of short-term supportive therapy, or he may also recommend you some other doctor for long term supportive therapy.

Can you pay using an insurance policy for the treatment?

If you are covered in an insurance policy, then you should contact your insurance company to enquire whether the bipolar disorder treatment or schizophrenia treatment is covered under the policy or not? If yes, then you can pay using an insurance policy.

However, you should note that many doctors charge registration fees by credit card only. Upon payment through credit card, you get a superbill that confirms payment, which you can submit to your insurance company to get the cost of treatment in your reimbursement account.

Treatment of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia usually lasts lifelong, so it will be better if you are covered in an insurance policy to ease the burden of treatment cost from your back.

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