A psychiatrist is a doctor that has completed further training to specialize in assessing, diagnosing and treating mental health conditions. They understand physical and mental health and how those aspects affect each other. As such, they can assist in treating severe or complex mental health problems and can prescribe medication.
Psychiatrists help treat mental health issues firstly by assessing mental and physical symptoms. They diagnose and work with a person to develop a treatment plan for recovery. They also give advice about diet, sleeping patterns and other lifestyle factors to help a person get better.
Psychiatrists provide information about your condition and recommend treatments and explain all the details of how treatments work. This includes providing information on what side-effects may occur, any risks and how much it costs. Patients have the choice on whether or not to have the treatment recommended by the professional.
Seeing a psychiatrist is quite like seeing any other kind of doctor. The psychiatrist will inform you of your right to confidentiality and what that means. They will then conduct a detailed assessment by asking questions about your life and your feelings, as well as your background and what’s happened in your past.
After conducting an assessment, your psychiatrist will discuss with you their findings and options for treatment.
The short answer is, It depends on where you go and who you see.
Psychiatric costs or fees range – from our research, around the Philippines you will pay anywhere from ₱ 2,000 to ₱ 7,000 to see a private practitioner (psychiatrist) in Metro Manila.
According to the World Health Organization’s Mental Health Atlas 2011 on the Philippines, there are only 0.38 psychiatrists and 0.22 psychologists for every 100,000 Filipino people. In contrast, the Department of Health reported that one in 5 Filipino adults has some form of mental illness, for example anxiety, depression or schizophrenia.
Evidently, mental health professionals aren’t common to come across.
You can find psychiatrists via directory listings such as Practo. More commonly, though, people are looking to search engines such as Google to find services. This is a very accessible and simple way of finding your nearest psychiatrists, and choosing which one you’d like to see.
A positive step made in 2018 was the signing of the Mental Health Law, which will help provide affordable and accessible mental health services for Filipinos. Senator Risa Hontiveros said of this move, “No longer shall Filipinos suffer silently in the dark. The people’s mental health issues will now cease to be seen as an invisible sickness spoken only in whispers.”
At Prescription Psychiatrists & Psychologists, we’re very happy to hear this news and look forward to successful implementation.