Sonali was a bright medical student, the top of her class and an extrovert. However something changed and she started to show signs of isolation. She refused to come out of her room, wouldn’t take a bath and became aggressive in nature. Sonali started to avoid meals and would like to sleep the entire day. She would aimlessly watch TV and browse the internet. Her parents decided to consult a medical professional and take some advice about their daughter’s sudden change.
Sonali and her family consulted Dr Ruby Ahuja, Consultant Psychology at Paras Bliss Hospital, Panchkula. Dr Ruby specializes in women and child mental health. She has high expertise in managing mental health issues in adolescents, teenagers and women suffering from post partum depression, menopausal mood swings and menstrual stress. On consultation, Sonali shared that she would often cry herself to sleep and cry for a number of hours, for no reason.
Dr Ruby Ahuja shares, “Sonali was suffering from Depressive Disorder. This condition is also called Dysthymia. It can be defined as a depressed mood that lasts for a long time. A person diagnosed with depressive disorder may have episodes of major depression along with periods of less severe symptoms, but symptoms must last for two years to be considered persistent depressive disorder. The signs and symptoms associated with a Depressive Disorder are:
Sonali displayed all the above and to treat the same we wanted to know the root cause of the issue.”
Dr Ruby implemented Cartharsis Therapy on Sonali. This included the introspection of the past to understand the stem of the depression. Her history highlighted relationship issues. She had inability to continue relationship sand commit to them. Her feelings of hopelessness and anxiety were due to her uncertainty concerning herself. Dr Ruby started sessions of Psychotherapy with Sonali.
Dr Ruby shares, “Psychotherapy includes the treatment of mental disorder by psychological rather than medical means. It may be longer and harder to follow, however has better and long lasting results. The interactions help a psychologist understand the risk factors and the cause of the depression episodes. The common issues are personal or family history of depression, major life changes, trauma, or stress, certain physical illnesses and medications. In psychotherapy it is important to understand that no two patients are same and we need to follow a detailed and careful path while treating patients suffering from mental health issues.”
Today after 4 sessions of detailed psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, Sonali is more stable. She has joined her college, has started to reconnect with her friends and focus on her studies. Intensive counseling sessions with her parents also helped her connect and appreciate the support that surrounded her.
Cognitive behavior therapy was done which involved changing her previous habits and cognition to a newer cognition for better life-skill management. Pharmacological approach was also used so some medicines were added along with psychotherapy.
Dr Ruby shares, “Numerous women suffer from mental health issues. This disease can affect men and women of all age groups. The risk factors for mental health diseases such as Depression are many. It is important for us to be aware of the alarming signs and symptoms, so that we can help ourselves. Moreover it is also important for us to help someone who needs medical help and professional advice.”