My client is diagnosed with a psychiatric problem and has been on medication. However, due to the lockdown, he is unable to contact his treating doctor. I have suggested to him to consult a different doctor for the time being who is available and willing to help him. But my client is not open to meeting a new psychiatrist. Despite my efforts, his anxiety seems to be getting worse. Any tips on how to help this client?

QuestionsCategory: Health worriesMy client is diagnosed with a psychiatric problem and has been on medication. However, due to the lockdown, he is unable to contact his treating doctor. I have suggested to him to consult a different doctor for the time being who is available and willing to help him. But my client is not open to meeting a new psychiatrist. Despite my efforts, his anxiety seems to be getting worse. Any tips on how to help this client?
Pushpanjali asked 2 years ago
1 Answers
Dr. Ajit Dahale, Dept. of Psychiatry, NIMHANS Expert answered 2 years ago
  Possibility of teleconsultation with the treating doctor can be checked. The reasons for not consulting another doctor can be clarified and possible solutions discussed. Also, options of other doctors than the one provided earlier, can be given. The client can be reassured that though it is advisable to have a consultation with another doctor, yet he is free to discuss and decide about following that doctor’s advice. Also, it can be emphasized that delay in treatment rationalization will automatically delay the clinical improvement.  In view of increasing anxiety, different therapeutic approaches for anxiety reduction can be added to the current therapy processes.