What is psychiatry?
Psychiatry is the medical specialty devoted to the study, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental disorders such as mood disorders (e.g. depression and bipolar disorder), anxiety disorders, cognitive disorders (e.g. concentration and memory problems, which include dementia and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), psychotic disorders (e.g. psychosis), eating disorders (e.g. bulimia and anorexia), and substance abuse disorders.
Mental disorders are diagnosed in accordance with criteria listed in diagnostic manuals such as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), published by the American Psychiatric Association, and the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), edited and used by the World Health Organization. Diagnosis is not done to “label” an individual, but to enable accurate and thorough treatment according to recognised guidelines.
What is a psychiatrist?
A psychiatrist is a qualified medical doctor who has obtained additional qualifications to become a specialist in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental illness and emotional problems. Psychiatrists view illness in an integrated way by taking into consideration the related aspects of the body, the brain, and the mind.
How can we help you?
Prof Renata Schoeman does clinical assessments of children, adolescents, and adults for diagnostic and treatment purposes. She also provides second opinions and is available for medico-legal work.
She is highly experienced in treating
- Cognitive disorders (such as ADHD and dementia)
- Eating disorders (such as bulimia, anorexia and obesity)
- Mood disorders (such as major depressive disorder and bipolar mood disorder)
- Anxiety disorders (such as panic disorder, generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder)
- Neuropsychiatric disorders and fibromyalgia
- Psychotic disorders (such as schizophrenia)
Prof Renata Schoeman strongly believes in a holistic (bio-psycho-social) approach: medication is not the only answer! Thoroughly assessing the patient and their problem in the context of their medical and psychological history and present circumstances is integral to the patient’s mental wellbeing.Patients are active participants in the process of healing and personal responsibility is encouraged. Compliance with medication is important, but a healthy lifestyle, addressing the life stressors, and psychotherapy is strongly recommended. Patients can be treated as outpatients, or admitted to hospital if need be. She believes in individualised care – no two patients are alike.