Medical Psychology



Dr. Venu Gopal has extensive experience in the practice of psychiatry both in India and UK. After completing his MD and DNB in Psychological Medicine from the prestigious National Institute of Mental Health & Neurosciences (NIMHANS, Bangalore), he underwent advanced training (MRCPsych & CCST) in the United Kingdom. He worked as a Consultant Psychiatrist in the UK for nearly 10 Years before returning to Hyderabad in 2014. His clinical expertise lies in all aspects of General and Adolescent Psychiatry. In particular, he has a special interest in Stress, Anxiety, Depression and Mood disorders in all ages, and neurodevelopmental conditions like ADHD among children and young people. Dr. Venu Gopal is appreciated by his patients for his empathy and the time he spends in assessing his patients. He is also noted for the clarity of his communication with his patients as well as for his rational use of medications and psychological methods in treating his patients.



Hi, I am Pavithra. I am a Counseling Psychologist. I have completed my M.Phil in Psychology. I specialize in Cognitive Behavior Therapy. I have worked intensively with people facing issues of relationship, marital discord, anxiety problems, etc. I have authored many papers on Personality, Burnout and emotional intelligence.

Everybody faces difficult times. I believe that each person has the capability to deal with their own problems but it just so happens that sometimes we end up feeling helpless. At such times we tend to seek help from professionals like me who are trained in the field to help people help themselves. I am passionate about helping people find themselves. The goal of my therapy is to help the individual, not just to deal with the current situation but to help him/her develop holistically.


In today's world, people experience psychological distress in a variety of interpersonal, social and work-related contexts. These often have an underlying biological basis (for example, may meet criteria for specific disorders like depressive or anxiety disorders, etc) and need a medication-based approach to their management. Equally, people also benefit from various psychological and behavioural approaches to manage their symptoms and work towards recovery. The latter can involve various elements of behavioural activation, anxiety & stress management, interpersonal work, motivation enhancing strategies, cognitive therapy, and so on.

Medical Psychology is a medical specialty which aims to integrate psychological principles with the practice of Medicine. This approach has been adopted by the IDEA Medical Psychology team which provides a comprehensive and holistic assessment of clients' difficulties- from a biological, psychological and social perspective. Interventions are accordingly aligned to each of these perspectives, with the aim of achieving an enduring and sustainable recovery for our clients.

IDEA assessment packages have been developed with clients' needs in mind- starting from a basic psychiatric assessment package to comprehensive packages that include more detailed assessments.

Conditions


1.I feel it hard to strike a balance between work and personal life.

2.I have no confidence in myself.

3.I feel guilty to relax.

4. I experience mood swings or sudden changes in my mood.

A ‘Yes’ answer to most of these questions could mean you are experiencing stress

1. I find myself worrying constantly.

2. I feel anxious or nervous all the time.

3. I become annoyed easily.

A ‘Yes’ answer to most of these questions could mean you are showing signs of anxiety disorder.

1. I often think about contamination (germs, dirt, etc) or getting a disease.

2. I have unwanted thoughts about sex, religion and harm.

3. I seek perfection in everything I do.

4. I indulge in excessive washing, cleaning.

5. I repeated check light switches, doors, etc.

A ‘Yes’ answer to most questions is an indicative of OCD.

1. Have you been feeling mostly 'low', 'sad' or excessively 'worn out' lately?

2. Have you lost interest in the things you once liked doing?

A "Yes" response to either of these questions may be indicative of symptoms of depression.

1. Have you ever thought about killing yourself?

2. Do you keep thinking about the methods to kill yourself?

3. Have you ever tried to implement the ideas to kill yourself?

If any of the answers are a “yes”, meet your doctor immediately.

1. Have there been periods (days-weeks) when you have felt overly happy or irritable or more confident than usual?

2. Have there been periods when you have felt that you have loads of increased energy?

3. Have there been periods when you have felt that your thoughts were racing?

On the other hand,

1. Have there been periods (days-weeks) when you have felt persistently low or unhappy or excessively tired/ fatigued?

2. Have there been periods when you have lost interest in things that you previously used to enjoy?

If you have answered ‘Yes’ to question(s) from both sets above, read on:

Addiction can be defined as a condition in which an individual engages in an activity which can seem pleasurable in the beginning but becomes a compulsion over time. Addiction is mainly of two types –

1. Substance dependence – developing dependence on substances like alcohol, nicotine, tobacco, etc.

2. Behavioral addiction – Developing addiction to activities like gambling, internet, gaming, etc

The most common type of substance addiction is smoking.

1. Do you smoke more than 10 cigarettes per day?

2. Do find that you need to smoke soon after you wake up?

3. Do you find it difficult in places where smoking is prohibited?

4. Do you experience symptoms like headaches, anxious or depressed moods, irritability, restlessness or insomnia if you stop smoking?

If the answer to any of these questions is 'Yes', you may have a problem with Smoking/ Nicotine use.

1. Do you often consume alcohol more than intended to?

2. Have you tried to cut down alcohol intake but are unsuccessful?

3. Are you unable to control the urge to drink although you see it affecting your work and person life?

If the answer to any of these questions is 'Yes', you may have alcohol use disorder.

This refers to a particular type of addiction in which the individual feels compelled to engage in certain behaviors which may cause harm to the individual or others. Some common behavioral addictions include gambling, shopping, hoarding, stealing, etc.

Factors that contribute to development of behavioral addictions are personality, substance abuse, genetics. The onset on behavioral addiction can be in adolescence and young adulthood. Although behavioral addictions have characteristics similar to substance addiction, it is not identified as an independent disorder. Behavioral addictions are identified with the presence of ‘craving’ which leads to engaging in the behavior to reduce the craving and get a sense of pleasure.

Treatment of behavioral addictions could involve Cognitive therapy, Behavior therapy, Group therapy and Counselling.

1. Do you have difficulty in going to sleep or staying asleep?

2. Do you wake up feeling tired and exhausted?

3. When sleep is disturbed, do you find it hard to go back to sleep?

If there are more of “Yes” answers, it could indicate presence of insomnia.

In today's times, the primary focus is on improving the quality of our life. One most important factor in this is financial conditions. In order to live up to better standard of living, we strive to dedicate our time and efforts in our respective works. This tends to create some imbalance between work and the home atmosphere.

1. Going to work causes frustrations regularly.

2. I don’t feel refreshed when I wake up in the morning.

3. I cannot handle emotional problems well.

If any of the answers are a "yes", you may be experiencing burnout.

Hearing voices and having self-referential ideas (sometimes paranoid) ideas are often considered to be signs of a serious mental illness. However, research suggests that hearing voices and misinterpreting things are not uncommon experiences in the general population, and not everyone who has these symptoms has a mental illness. That said a proportion of people with these symptoms who may be suffering from a psychotic disorder. The following sections are intended to raise awareness of the symptoms of this disorder and when to seek help.

SCHIZOPHRENIA

1. Have you had the experience of hearing voices or sounds that no one else could hear?

2. Have you ever thought that people are talking about you or following you or plotting against you?

If you have had any of these experiences in the past few weeks or months,

Disorders in children are difficult to recognise. Each day is a new experience and each activity may or may not be repeated. Children are constantly growing and therefore it gets difficult to exactly pin point the symptoms of disorders.

A broad classification of childhood disorders are

  1. Developmental Disorders
  2. Behavioural Disorders
  3. Emotional Disorder

1. Do you smoke more than 10 cigarettes per day?

2. Do find that you need to smoke soon after you wake up?

3. Do you find it difficult in places where smoking is prohibited?

4. Do you experience symptoms like headaches, anxious or depressed moods, irritability, restlessness or insomnia if you stop smoking?

If the answer to any of these questions is 'Yes', you may have a problem with Smoking/ Nicotine use.

Services:


Comprehensive assessment
Psychological assessment
Counselling & Therapy
Measurement based interventions
Psycho-pharmacological treatments