Frequently asked questions
- What are the symptoms of patients who are coming to your clinic?
Patients come to our clinic with a wide range of symptoms, including:
● Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
● Impaired work or academic performance
● School absenteeism
● Panic attacks
● Agoraphobia (fear of public places)
● Gastrointestinal issues
● Obsessive thoughts or behaviors
● Feelings of depression
● Poor job performance or frequent mistakes
● Difficulty establishing positive relationships with superiors
● Inability to manage household tasks effectively
The diagnoses we commonly encounter include depression, panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), somatoform disorder, eating disorders, alcoholism, personality disorders, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (manic-depression), developmental disorders, Tourette's syndrome, and dementia.
- How do you perform the treatment for mental disorders?
We decide a reliable diagnosis based on the interview and medical examination, and perform a medication if it is necessary. We also perform therapies such as a cognitive-behavioral therapy, psychiatric day care, relaxation, stress management program, counseling, or combination therapy depending on the disease type and condition. Every week, the physician interview the patient to get the information of the current patient conditions, for example the symptoms, afflictions, medication, etc. Those current conditions will be used as a base for the medication adjustment, recuperation advice, explanation of the nature character of the disease, performing psychotherapy (such as behavioral therapy and cognitive-behavioral therapy), performing an environmental regulation, etc. When there are any problems, which cannot be settled inside our clinic, we will help you to resolve it by consulting it to the mental health and welfare caseworker.
- What should we do at the first medical examination?
Here are typical steps during your visit to our clinic:
Begin by completing the medical history form, which includes questions about your current issues, allergies, and past medical conditions. This information is crucial for our assessment.
Our registered nurse will then perform basic measurements such as blood pressure, height, and body weight. Although these are simple examinations, they play a vital role in your mental disorder treatment.
Next, you will proceed to the medical examination. During this session, we will ask you to provide a detailed explanation of your symptoms and how they have progressed. Gathering this information is essential for an accurate diagnosis. Additionally, we will consider your overall life circumstances, family history, and medical background.
Following the examination, a diagnostic assessment will be conducted, typically identifying 3-4 potential diseases. We will explain the diagnosis, proposed treatment, and prescribe any necessary medications. Additionally, we will provide information about group work programs and encourage you to participate if appropriate.
Finally, laboratory examinations, such as blood tests, electrocardiograms (ECG), and urine analysis, may be conducted. The results of these tests will be explained during your second consultation and subsequent visits.
Our aim is to ensure that you receive a comprehensive evaluation, thorough explanations of your examination results, and appropriate guidance throughout your treatment process.
- I do not like to take drugs during the treatment.
It is not uncommon for many patients to express their reluctance towards taking medication. There are various reasons why patients may be hesitant, such as concerns about potential side effects, the belief that mental disorder treatment should solely rely on counseling, the idea that addressing underlying personal circumstances is essential for a cure, or a general dislike for medication. During pregnancy, it is advisable to avoid taking drugs, and patients planning for pregnancy should consult their responsible doctor to determine an appropriate treatment schedule.
However, if pregnancy planning is not immediate but rather in the coming years, obtaining necessary medication should pose minimal problems, and patients need not worry about taking the prescribed treatment. It is important to understand that mental disorders are often caused by brain dysfunction, and medication can be highly effective in improving brain function. Present medical science does not possess a magical solution or a clever phrase to cure brain dysfunction. Mental disorders are legitimate medical conditions, and while counseling can help patients understand their mental state, develop problem-solving skills, and increase self-confidence, medication remains the primary method of treatment. It is also believed that incorporating appropriate psychotherapy techniques, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, relaxation techniques, stress management programs, day care, or play therapy, can significantly enhance the effectiveness of medication and contribute to the overall cure of the disease.
- Do children and adults obtain a same treatment?
In general, the treatment approaches for children and adults are similar, with the main difference being the medication dosage. Due to their smaller body size, children are typically prescribed lower medication doses compared to adults. However, the overall treatment methods remain largely the same for both age groups. It is important to note that during the examination process, it is beneficial for children to have their parents or guardian present to provide information about their condition, as many children may have difficulty explaining their symptoms or condition on their own.
In some cases, a separate examination may be conducted for children going through puberty. Initially, the parents will be interviewed, and then the child will have an individual interview. Additionally, therapies such as play therapy or counseling with psychologists can be particularly effective for children, as their condition tends to fluctuate and is greatly influenced by their interactions with friends and peers.
- I do not know whether I am suffering from mental disorder or not.
May I just take a consultation without examination?
Yes, absolutely. You are welcome to seek a consultation at our clinic without undergoing a formal examination. We understand that you may be uncertain about whether you are experiencing a mental disorder or not, and we are here to help. Please feel free to visit our clinic, and our professionals will provide guidance and support based on your concerns and symptoms.
- I want to know about mental disorder
Certainly! We understand your interest in learning more about mental disorders. We have a dedicated "Mental Disorder Information" section on our website. You can find valuable information and resources regarding mental disorders in that section. Please note that the information is currently available only in Japanese.
In addition, we regularly organize informative lectures and sessions in our family room and other designated areas. These lectures cover various topics related to mental disorders, including discussions led by representatives knowledgeable in the field. We highly encourage you to attend these lectures to gain a deeper understanding of mental disorders. Stay updated on our schedule for upcoming lectures and join us to enhance your knowledge in this area.
- How long will the treatment take?
The duration of treatment can vary depending on several factors, including the specific mental disorder, the individual's response to treatment, and the progression of symptoms. Here is a general outline of the time involved in various stages of treatment:
Initial medical examination: This examination typically takes approximately 40 minutes. It involves a comprehensive assessment of your condition, medical history, and symptoms.
Follow-up examinations: Subsequent examinations may vary in length. They can range from as short as 5-6 minutes for brief check-ins or to monitor progress, to 20-30 minutes for more in-depth discussions and assessments.
It is important to note that the treatment duration itself can vary greatly from person to person. Some individuals may require shorter-term treatment, while others may need ongoing support and management over an extended period. The treatment plan will be personalized and tailored to your unique circumstances and needs. Regular consultations with your healthcare provider will help determine the appropriate duration of treatment for you.
- What kinds of physicians are working there?
At our clinic, we have physicians who specialize in psychotherapy and psychosomatic medicine. All of our physicians stay up to date with the latest medical treatment information and skills. They actively participate in conferences to ensure they provide the best possible care. Our physicians are known for their gentle and approachable demeanor, making it easy for patients to discuss their concerns with them.
- One of my family members is undergoing a treatment.
What should I do to keep in contact with the family member?
If you have a family member who is undergoing treatment, we understand that it can be challenging for you. To support both the patient's symptom improvement and alleviate your concern, we offer family group sessions and family classrooms. We encourage you to join these sessions where you can receive guidance and support.
By joining these sessions, you will have the opportunity to gain insights, receive guidance, and share experiences with other family members facing similar situations. It provides a supportive environment where you can learn practical strategies for communication, coping mechanisms, and understanding the treatment process.
We highly encourage you to participate in our family group sessions and family classrooms to strengthen your connection with your family member and contribute positively to their overall well-being.
- Now, I am undergoing a medical therapy for other disease.
Can I take the medical examination in your clinic?
Certainly! You are welcome to undergo a medical examination at our clinic, even if you are currently undergoing medical therapy for another disease. Our clinic provides comprehensive healthcare services, and our medical professionals are equipped to evaluate and address various health conditions.
During the medical examination, please make sure to inform the healthcare provider about your ongoing medical therapy and provide any relevant medical records or information. This will help our team understand your overall health status and provide you with the most appropriate care.
Rest assured that our clinic is dedicated to delivering comprehensive medical services, and we are committed to ensuring your well-being across all aspects of your health. Please feel free to schedule an appointment for a medical examination, and our healthcare professionals will be ready to assist you.