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To see a psychiatrist in the UAE, there are a number of options for you:
- You can make an appointment with your hospital psychiatrist, in the same way you book an appointment with any other specialist.
- If there is a mental health clinic in your Emirate, you can contact them and make an appointment with a psychologist.
- If you are a student, a social worker or psychologist may be available at your school or university. This will be a first, free, step in your recovery.
- Unfortunately, most health insurance plans in the UAE do not cover mental health services to date.
Unfortunately, most health insurance plans in the UAE do not cover mental health services to date. So you will probably have to pay directly and not through your insurance company.
Most appointments are held by psychiatrists range from AED 400 to AED 800 per visit. There are discounts or offers from time to time that may make prices affordable.
Unfortunately, these prices are still expensive for many of us. But, ask yourself: Am I willing to pay similar amounts for my physical health? If your answer is yes, remember that mental illness is as important as physical diseases, affecting all aspects of your life – including your productivity both in your studies and in your workplace.
A psychiatrist is a doctor who studied Medicine (MBBS, MBBCh, MD) at a medical school, in which he completed four to six years of medical training for a year or more, then specialized in psychiatry for at least 3-6 years. Which means that a doctor is not prepared to be a psychiatrist until after a long journey of study, specialization and scientific research to be ready to treat people.
What are the special skills of a psychiatrist?
All psychiatrists are capable of:
- Assessing your state of mind
- Uses a medical concept known as the “psychosocial psycho-understanding model”*
- Uses his medical knowledge in order to assess the possible causes to your expericene
- After an assessment, he may give you a formal diagnosis based on the severity of your symptoms.
- Performs a dialogue-based psychological therapy that will help you improve.
- Prescribes medications that help you recover.
In addition to these “basic” skills, a psychiatrist will specialize in developing skills in working with special problems affecting different groups of people.
* This medical concept states the importance of several factors and their impact on your mental health, such as your previous experiences with your family, your culture, your surrounding environment and your workplace.
Psychologists may have a degree in psychology or “clinical psychology”. Accredited clinical psychologists are not doctors, but they have undergone long and intensive training after obtaining a degree in psychology.
Clinical psychologists are primarily interested in studying how people think, react and interact with people and circumstances around them.
A therapist may be a psychiatrist, clinical psychologist or other mental health professional who has received additional specialized training in psychotherapy.
In addition to listening and discussing important issues with you, the therapist can suggest problem-solving strategies and, if necessary, help you change your attitudes and behavior. It is important not to agonize over who to see first. Any of them will be more than capable of getting you on the right track.