The significance of support during the treatment procedure is crucial: Dr Rashi Agarwal

Dr Rashi Agarwal is an experienced mental health professional with over six years of dedicated work in the field. With an M.B.B.S. and an Md in psychiatry, she has been actively involved in the work of mental health since 2017.

What is the best thing you enjoy about treating patients?

One of the most rewarding aspects of my work as a mental health professional is witnessing the transformative journey of my patients. It brings me immense joy when, after a period of treatment, we reach a point where medication is no longer necessary for them to live fulfilling and improved life.

When is a patient easy to treat? 

When patients have a strong support system consisting of friends and family, it significantly facilitates their treatment process. The presence of caring and understanding individuals who provide emotional support, encouragement, and a safe space to share their struggles can make a remarkable difference in their journey towards healing.

When is a patient difficult to treat? 

Treating patients can become challenging when they are dealing with addiction and have limited awareness about the harmful effects of drugs.

How helpful is it to the treatment course, if the patient is knowledgeable about the treatment procedure, benefits, risks etc.?

Yes absolutely. The more they are aware the more they are compliant with medicines, therapy and followups and there is less chance of them leaving treatment in between.

How can a patient improve their knowledge about the treatment procedure?

It has to start from the basics. People should learn from a very young age from their schools the importance of physical and mental health. Then comes the role of society and family. Subsequently, as professionals, we make a genuine effort to educate patients on a personal level, ensuring that we provide them with practical guidance and realistic outlooks regarding their future actions.

How does medical misinformation act as a problem in the overall treatment procedure?

It is a big problem. With the advent of free social media and the internet, there is a lot of misinformation all over the internet and people get confused about where to take their information from. One should always ensure authenticity, please verify the source of the information and assess their credibility.

A few pieces of advice that you always give to your patients…

Follow your doctor’s advice, exercise regularly, maintain good eating habits and sleep hygiene, and stay away from unqualified and unsolicited advice.

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