Patients suffering from one or more symptoms associated with psychiatric illnesses, including major depression, anxiety disorder, bipolar mood disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, personality disorder or mild psychosis, are referred to the general psychiatry unit. This unit is geared to help patients through crisis periods in their lives, for example the death of a spouse or child, a divorce or relationship conflict. Many patients present with more than one diagnosis, and these are treated individually.
In keeping with Akeso’s integrated treatment philosophy, all general psychiatry patients are treated by a multi-disciplinary team of healthcare professionals including psychiatrists, psychiatric nurses, medical doctors, psychologists, occupational therapists, social workers and family therapists.
Therapeutic Programmes run in the General Psychiatry Unit
The core therapeutic approach in all of the therapy units is dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), which involves skill building for behavioural change in four main areas: self-acceptance, distress tolerance, emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness. The model includes mentalisation based treatment which helps individuals to understand the inner worlds of self and other in order to build skills in enhancing and sustaining relationships. Other modalities of therapy are incorporated, providing an integrated approach that is appropriate to a particular individual with a specific diagnosis. The underlying philosophy is that all treatment should be person-centred, in line with World Health Organization guidelines.
Therapy is provided on a one-to-one basis as well as in open, closed and community support groups and family groups.