Analysis. Diagnosis. Treatment.
By analysing the patient’s thoughts and feelings and asking questions about their complaints and symptoms, the psychiatrist can diagnose various illnesses such as psychosis, depression, anxiety, phobias, personality disorders and adjustment disorders amongst others.
NeuroLoulé offers diagnoses and treatment of Psychiatric disorders in a calm, friendly environment with the comfort of the patient at the forefront of our approach. With over two decades of experience practising Neurology, Psychiatry and Neuropsychology, and ten years lecturing at the University of Algarve, Dr Gil dos Santos G. João has built an authoritative reputation as a psychiatrist and offers specialised consultations and treatment plans to the Portuguese, German and English speaking communities both nationally and abroad.
How does a psychiatrist diagnose mental disorders?
Psychiatrists can identify mental illness by talking to the patient. The effects of an illness can also be examined, for example, how does the illness present itself? Does it limit the patient’s daily activities? Are there symptoms of depression? Are any external factors involved? Is there any effect on the patient’s concentration and memory? Does the patient have difficulties finding the right words? Is there altered thinking? Does the patient have less energy or motivation? Has there been any change in emotions or feelings?
Where appropriate, the patient may be referred for further investigations such as a CT scan, EEG or psychological tests.
The diagnosis and treatment options will be discussed with the patient. In general, treatment with medication or psychotherapy will be recommended. In many cases, a combination of both results in the best outcomes.
In other areas of medicine, consultation is used first and foremost to explain the patient’s symptoms and how they have progressed whereas, in psychiatry it is used to establish a diagnosis and provide treatment concurrently.
PLEASE NOTE: Psychiatry appointments need to be booked in advance. It is possible to arrange emergency appointments, but please call us first so that we can ensure enough time is available.