Department of Mental Health & Psychiatry

Psychiatry is the branch of medicine focused on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor (an M.D. or D.O.) who specializes in mental health, including substance use disorders. Psychiatrists are qualified to assess both the mental and physical aspects of psychological problems.

People seek psychiatric help for many reasons. The problems can be sudden, such as a panic attack, frightening hallucinations, thoughts of suicide, or hearing “voices.” They may be more long-term, such as feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or anxiousness that never seem to lift or problems functioning, causing everyday life to feel distorted or out of control.

Gleneagles Global Health City is one of the best psychiatry hospitals in Chennai with the best doctors highly specialized in this field. Our team of doctors are trained and expertise from famous universities. We offer comprehensive evaluation, diagnosis, and treatment to heal your mental illness.

The best hospital for the treatment of psychiatric disorder in Chennai is well equipped with good infrastructure and a team of the best psychiatrist in Chennai providing counseling and personalized diet plan which will relax your brain muscles to carry out the treatment with ease.

The wards are staffed with trained nurses who monitor the status of the patient and prepare a timely report and present it to the senior doctors who provide the best of the treatments based on the patients’ condition.

The Psychiatry department at Gleneagles Global Health City includes:

  • Cognitive-behavioural therapy
  • Women’s mental health
  • Bipolar disorder treatment
  • Community mental health
  • Treatment for depression and anxiety
  • Mental health issues in adults

We believe that health is holistic, our psychiatry department takes care of your mental health, the most neglected part.

Why Choose Us For Mental Health & Psychiatric Care?

We have one of the best psychiatrists in Chennai with years of experience in this field, treating thousands of patients each year. The psychiatrists are well furnished with the latest technology machines to provide the best of service and care to victims making it the best psychiatry hospital in Chennai.

Why Gleneagles Global Health City, Chennai?

Excellent Doctors

Our doctors are highly knowledgeable, skilled, compassionate, and will be there for you when you need them the most. Our goal is measured by the number of people in whom we restore the hope of a healthy tomorrow.

State-of-the-art Infrastructure

Streamlined processes, advanced technologies, world-class infrastructure, specialized and interdisciplinary care, and unparalleled simplicity of meeting every patient’s health needs. We are committed to your well-being.

Cutting-edge Technology

Providing global access to advanced healthcare. We embrace high-precision technologies for giving you a world-class healthcare experience. Our exceptional medical expertise is matched by our commitment to personalized care.

Our Diagnostic Capabilities for Psychiatric Disorders

Gleneagles Global Health City, one of the best hospitals for the treatment of psychiatric disorder in Chennai employs advanced diagnostic and assessment methods to understand the severity and/or cause of mental health disorders. The department offers preventive methods, education, and awareness by some of the best psychiatrists in Chennai. Being one of the most sought-after options for comprehensive reconstructive care, we employ the finest infrastructure and state-of-the-art facilities to help our patients heal to their finest capacity. To ensure that every patient receives the utmost care and treatment, we incorporate a holistic approach that combines accurate diagnostics, expert care and customised consultation with the top specialists.

How is mental illness diagnosed?

To determine a diagnosis and check for related complications, you may have:

  • A physical exam. Your doctor will try to rule out physical problems that could cause your symptoms.
  • Lab tests. These may include, for example, a check of your thyroid function or a screening for alcohol and drugs.
  • A psychological evaluation. A doctor or mental health professional talks to you about your symptoms, thoughts, feelings and behavior patterns. You may be asked to fill out a questionnaire to help answer these questions

How do we determine which mental illness do you have?

Sometimes it’s difficult to find out which mental illness may be causing your symptoms. But taking the time and effort to get an accurate diagnosis will help determine the appropriate treatment. The more information you have, the more you will be prepared to work with your mental health professional in understanding what your symptoms may represent.

Types of mental illness

  • Neurodevelopmental disorders. This class covers a wide range of problems that usually begin in infancy or childhood, often before the child begins grade school. Examples include autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and learning disorders
  • Schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders. Psychotic disorders cause detachment from reality — such as delusions, hallucinations, and disorganized thinking and speech. The most notable example is schizophrenia, although other classes of disorders can be associated with detachment from reality at times.
  • Bipolar and related disorders. This class includes disorders with alternating episodes of mania — periods of excessive activity, energy and excitement — and depression.
  • Depressive disorders. These include disorders that affect how you feel emotionally, such as the level of sadness and happiness, and they can disrupt your ability to function. Examples include major depressive disorder and premenstrual dysphoric disorder.
  • Anxiety disorders. Anxiety is an emotion characterized by the anticipation of future danger or misfortune, along with excessive worrying. It can include behavior aimed at avoiding situations that cause anxiety. This class includes generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and phobias.
  • Obsessive-compulsive and related disorders. These disorders involve preoccupations or obsessions and repetitive thoughts and actions. Examples include obsessive-compulsive disorder, hoarding disorder and hair-pulling disorder (trichotillomania).
  • Trauma- and stressor-related disorders. These are adjustment disorders in which a person has trouble coping during or after a stressful life event. Examples include post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and acute stress disorder.
  • Dissociative disorders. These are disorders in which your sense of self is disrupted, such as dissociative identity disorder and dissociative amnesia.
  • Somatic symptom and related disorders. A person with one of these disorders may have physical symptoms that cause major emotional distress and problems functioning. There may or may not be another diagnosed medical condition associated with these symptoms, but the reaction to the symptoms is not normal. The disorders include somatic symptom disorder, illness anxiety disorder, and factitious disorder.
  • Feeding and eating disorders. These disorders include disturbances related to eating that impact nutrition and health, such as anorexia nervosa and binge-eating disorder.
  • Elimination disorders. These disorders relate to the inappropriate elimination of urine or stool by accident or on purpose. Bed-wetting (enuresis) is an example.
  • Sleep-wake disorders. These are disorders of sleep severe enough to require clinical attention, such as insomnia, sleep apnea, and restless legs syndrome.
  • Sexual dysfunctions. These include disorders of sexual response, such as premature ejaculation and female orgasmic disorder.
  • Gender dysphoria. This refers to the distress that accompanies a person’s stated desire to be another gender.
  • Disruptive, impulse-control and conduct disorders. These disorders include problems with emotional and behavioral self-control, such as kleptomania or intermittent explosive disorder.
  • Substance-related and addictive disorders. These include problems associated with the excessive use of alcohol, caffeine, tobacco, and drugs. This class also includes a gambling disorder.
  • Neurocognitive disorders. Neurocognitive disorders affect your ability to think and reason. These acquired (rather than developmental) cognitive problems include delirium, as well as neurocognitive disorders due to conditions or diseases such as traumatic brain injury or Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Personality disorders. A personality disorder involves a lasting pattern of emotional instability and unhealthy behavior that causes problems in your life and relationships.
  • Paraphilic disorders. These disorders include sexual interest that causes personal distress or impairment or causes potential or actual harm to another person.
  • Other mental disorders. This class includes mental disorders that are due to other medical conditions or that don’t meet the full criteria for one of the above disorders.

Psychiatric Disorders Treatment & Procedures Available

What are the different ways to treat mental illness?

Your treatment depends on the type of mental illness you have, its severity and what works best for you. In many cases, a combination of treatments works best. Some of the treatment are:

  • Medications

Although psychiatric medications don’t cure mental illness, they can often significantly improve symptoms. Psychiatric medications can also help make other treatments, such as psychotherapy, more effective. The best medications for you will depend on your particular situation and how your body responds to the medication. Some of the most commonly used classes of prescription psychiatric medications include:

  • Antidepressants.
  • Anti-anxiety medications.
  • Mood-stabilizing medications.
  • Antipsychotic medications.
  • Psychotherapy

Psychotherapy, also called talk therapy, involves talking about your condition and related issues with a mental health professional. During psychotherapy, you learn about your condition and your moods, feelings, thoughts, and behavior. With the insights and knowledge you gain, you can learn to cope with and stress management skills.

  • Brain-stimulation treatments

Brain-stimulation treatments are sometimes used for depression and other mental health disorders. They’re generally reserved for situations in which medications and psychotherapy haven’t worked. They include electroconvulsive therapy, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation, deep brain stimulation, and vagus nerve stimulation.

  • Hospital and residential treatment programs

Sometimes mental illness becomes so severe that you need care in a psychiatric hospital. This is generally recommended when you can’t care for yourself properly or when you’re in immediate danger of harming yourself or someone else.

Our Doctors – Psychiatrists/Mental Health Specialists

You will get one of the best psychiatrists in Chennai at Gleneagles Global Health City, Chennai brings together some of the best and most experienced psychiatrists in the country. They have the expertise and specialized skills, dealing with mental health. A thorough investigation is the first step in effective mental health procedures. Following the tests and analysis, the heart team will help the patient and caregivers understand the treatment given to them

Dr Siddhika Ayyer
Dr Siddhika Ayyer

M.B.B.S, D.P.M, D.N.B (Psychiatry)

Visiting Consultant

FAQ: Psychiatry

What is Psychiatry?

Psychiatry is the branch of medicine focused on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders.

Who are Psychiatrists?

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor (an M.D. or D.O.) who specializes in mental health, including substance use disorders. Psychiatrists are qualified to assess both the mental and physical aspects of psychological problems.

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