Lately, mental health has been gaining visibility, and services have become more accessible than before. This has led to creating a growing need for psychiatrists — medical doctors who specialize in treating mental illness and a range of disorders that affect people of all ages. Along with this, services of non-physician providers, who offer counseling and support services in areas such as behavioral disorders, substance abuse, and other types of mental health issues are in high demand.
The future of psychiatry will likely be increasingly personalised — and patients may not even need to leave their homes to access care. Already, virtual therapy websites set patients up with online sessions, allowing them to access therapeutic support. This brings easily accessible therapy to rural communities and people who may not feel comfortable visiting a therapist’s office. Many insurance policies now cover these virtual treatments, and increased availability in internet bandwidth and camera technology means those sessions can be just as effective as seeing a therapist in person.
And, with regards to this, our next roundup of the year focuses on the psychiatry trends of the year.
Obsession with filters leading to plastic surgery
Off late doctors have been seeing youngsters as early as 14 to 15 yrs wanting to undergo plastic/cosmetic surgery. Doctors have infact seen around 3-4 cases recently. They attribute it mostly to social media and apps with filters. The obsession is taking a huge toll on adolescents. Plastic surgeons are reporting that patients are coming to them with selfies of themselves edited using the filters on social media and asking to look more like the retouched photo.
Male sexual issues
Many urban couple are seeking counselling mostly with issues relating to male sexual issues. On an average 4 to 5 couple come up to doctor where the husband is suffering from issues like premature ejaculation, low sex drive, erectile dysfunction among others.
According to various researches and statistics ,around 61% of the adults have experienced, at least one traumatic event in their lifetimes. For trauma-informed care to be effective, it has been emphasised that the need for a holistic approach that includes treatments and strategies that play to an individual’s strengths versus their weaknesses. In some cases, trauma-informed care could run the risk of hyper-focusing on an individual’s trauma exclusively, rather than homing in on an individual’s strengths to effectively understand and treat them.
Recent research has found that neurons can be regenerated using stem cells, human trials may take a few years, but this could be a therapeutic intervention for people with neuropathy ( people who lose their sense of touch) this condition is caused due to accidents, certain drugs, trauma, injury or even diabetes.
Psilocybin for alcohol use disorder
When combined with psychotherapy, psilocybin appears to be effective for alcohol use disorder. Taking one recreational drug as a treatment for over-dependence on another is hardly intuitive, but a new study found that psilocybin, the psychedelic compound in magic mushrooms, could be a promising treatment for alcohol use disorder. According to research, those given psilocybin-assisted therapy reduced heavy drinking by 83%, compared with a 51% reduction among those who received an antihistamine placebo. Heavy drinking was defined as days with four or more drinks for women or five or more drinks for men.