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Spandana Hospital & Diagnostic Centre - Rajajinagar
Hospitals ,Rajaji Nagar ,Bangalore
6th Main,
4th Block,
Rajaji Nagar
Bangalore ,Karnataka ,Pincode : 560 010
Phone:+91 80 23154544, 23153500, 23157051
Welcome To Spandana Health Care
At Spandana we recognize that each patient is unique and our purpose is to empower patients to take control of their lives through providing the highest quality of care and support to promote positive outcomes. As one of the India's leading providers of mental health services we base our success on providing patients with:
About Us
Spandana we recognize that each patient is unique and our purpose is to empower patients to take control of their lives through providing the highest quality of care and support to promote positive outcomes. As one of the India's leading providers of mental health services we base our success on providing patients with: Individual treatment programmes to meet the specific needs of the patient. Flexible evening and weekend appointments. Expert consultant-led care. Caring therapeutic environments aiding the healing process. Rapid access to a wide range of therapists and psychologists. Quality assurance across the board through our accreditation with the India's mental health regulators.Spandana hospitals have been treating all aspects of psychiatry, psychology and mental health for over 30 years. Treatments are tailored to the individual to ensure the quickest and safest recovery possible. We understand that everybody's situation is different, which is why we have many different consultant psychiatrists, psychologists, psychotherapists and nursing teams to ensure our patients are cared for by the most appropriate specialist. Treatments available for: Alcohol or drug dependency Anger Management Anorexia nervosa Anxiety and panic attacks Bi-polar disorder Body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) Bulimia Child and adolescent mental health Chronic fatigue syndrome (ME) Depression Eating disorders Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) Old age psychiatry Panic attacks Personality disorders Phobias Post-natal depression Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Schizophrenia Somatoform disorder Stress Women's mental health issues We offer treatments for both adults and children. Children and adolescents are under the care of a specialist child and adolescent psychiatrist We offer treatments for both adults and children. Children and adolescents are under the care of a specialist child and adolescent psychiatrist.
Specialities
Our caring mental health professionals provide a broad spectrum of services designed to help patients evaluate the root causes of distress in their lives. We help form plans to resolve these problems and then help patients carry out those plans. Our programs provide, counseling, support and other types of treatment for a variety of mental health problems including: Depression Anxiety Adjustment Disorders Parenting /Family/Couples Issues Major Psychiatric Illness Chronic Pain
Psychotherapy services
Individual: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Psychodynamic psychotherapy Interpersonal psychotherapy Motivational interviewing Couples therapy Family Therapy Students counseling Group therapy: Al-anon AA Narcotics anonymous Group CBT Group analysis Occupational therapy services: Yoga therapy Therapy through activity Activities of daily living Computer literacy groups Coffee mornings Recreational activities Gymnasium Table tennis Pool Shuttle Carom Cards groups
Alcohol or drug dependency
The Spandana is a world leader in alcohol dependency treatment. Find your nearest treatment centre for a free addictions assessment. Understanding alcohol dependency is the first step to recovery. This self help page explains its symptoms and effects, and the treatment that is available. What is alcohol dependency? If you often drink too much alcohol it can lead to a dependency. You can become physically and mentally dependent on alcohol, and without it, you may suffer withdrawal symptoms. What are the effects of alcohol dependency? Alcohol dependency can cause nausea (feeling sick), stomach upsets, diarrhoea and long-term liver damage. It can also badly affect your relationships, leading to problems at home, at work and in your social life. You could also find yourself in trouble with the police for drink-related crimes. Is alcohol dependency a disease? It has a cause, a symptom and is treatable - so it has all the characteristics of a progressive disease. People who are dependent on alcohol lose control of how much and how often they drink. The only effective remedy is to stop drinking completely. Alcohol dependency is described in medicine as a 'morbid process'. Put simply, it may kill you if it is left untreated. Why does alcohol affect women more than men? For a number of reasons, alcohol affects women sooner, more intensely and over a longer period than men. Alcohol tends to be diluted by water, and because women tend to weigh less, they've less water to dilute the alcohol. Women also absorb more alcohol than men due to their higher body fat. Women produce fewer of the enzymes that break down and remove alcohol. These factors contribute to women developing alcohol problems and physical complications far quicker than men. What mental symptoms should I look for? One of the more subtle signs of alcohol dependency is a change in attitude to drinking. You may want to drink more often and drink more in a session. You may feel guilty about your drinking, or become unsettled if alcohol isn't readily available. And often, it's not the person with alcohol dependency that notices the change, but family or friends. What physical symptoms should I look for? You'll probably be more aware of the physical rather than the mental symptoms. These include: blackouts or memory loss after heavy drinking. withdrawal symptoms such as shaking, sweating and nervousness. and In severe cases, frightening hallucinations. What is the CAGE test, and what will it show? In alcoholism rehabilitation and alcohol dependency treatment, a commonly used test to work out if you could be alcohol dependent is the CAGE test. The CAGE questions Have you ever felt you should Cut down on your drinking? Have people ever annoyed you by criticizing your drinking? Have you ever felt bad or Guilty about your drinking? Have you ever had an Eye opener - a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or get rid of a hangover? If you answer 'Yes' to two or more questions, you may be experiencing problems with drinking too much alcohol and you should get help. How is alcohol dependency treated? Treatment varies according to the seriousness of each case and the family and social support available. Generally, treatment involves detoxification, abstinence (not drinking any alcohol) and rehabilitation. How does abstinence work? Where abstinence is needed, treatment is structured and often involves several stages similar to those used in self help organizations such as Alcoholics Anonymous. The main aim is to help you give up alcohol completely, rather than simply cut down your drinking. How does detoxification work? If you are physically dependent on alcohol (suffering withdrawal symptoms when you stop drinking), the first step in treatment is medically assisted withdrawal or detoxification. This involves replacing alcohol with other drugs then reducing the dose over five to seven days in hospital. This may be longer if this alcoholic detox process is carried out at home or as an outpatient. The aim is to reduce the unpleasant symptoms that result from stopping drinking. These symptoms are generally worse during the first day of treatment, but quickly improve over the following days. How does rehabilitation work? Alcoholism rehabilitation can take many forms depending on your needs. It can vary from support through self help groups to intensive treatment in a rehabilitation facility. Therapy is aimed at helping you to find out why you drink and to develop alternatives to drinking, eventually leading to a fulfilled life without alcohol. During rehabilitation, you will face up to a variety of difficult issues and may experience intense mood swings. When will I be admitted to hospital? Depending on your needs, treatment may be offered as an inpatient or day patient. For example, somebody with emotional problems and no family support may be treated as
How is drug dependency treated
The first step to recovery is accepting that you have a problem. Once you've accepted that you have a problem, you can then get help. Detoxification and psychotherapy are among the options used to treat drug dependency. Abstinence is the main goal of treatment, although some people find this difficult to achieve. How does detoxification work? If you're physically addicted to a drug, the first step in treatment is medically assisted withdrawal or detoxification, supported by medication. This involves replacing the drug with other drugs, then reducing the dose. This may take longer if it is carried out at home or as an outpatient. The aim is to reduce the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms are generally worse during the first day of treatment, but quickly improve over the following days. Will I have to go to hospital? If you're physically addicted to a drug and cannot stop taking it or you need to go to hospital for your personal safety, you may need inpatient treatment. It's more intensive and supportive, and usually takes four to six weeks. What therapy is used to treat drug dependency? Treatment for drug dependency is based on an intensive programme of group work and individual counseling. This helps you cope without drugs and adopt a healthy lifestyle. We'll encourage you to identify your drug dependency, then help to sort out these problems with new ways of coping through building self-esteem and positive attitudes. Support from family and friends are very important when you are trying to live without drugs. For many people, taking drugs has become an important part of their lives. Opening up and talking about problems and making changes can be very stressful. What different help is available? There are many community services available for treating drug problems. These vary from an advice service and a harm-reduction service, to individual counseling and group therapy. You may choose to get help at a private clinic or hospital. These offer reduced waiting times. There are many units in the INDIA that treat drug dependency. You may also receive specific treatment in these units, not only for your drug dependency but also for any associated effects. Why should I choose Spandana? At Spandana, our committed and professional staff provides the highest standards of care, understanding and service for everyone. This service brings hope and confidence, allowing our patients to take control of their lives within a safe and secure environment. Expertise and innovation Through our close links with the public and private sectors, we've developed the expertise and innovation to offer consistent and successful treatment. And, as India’s leading independent provider of specialist mental health, neuro-rehabilitation and special education services, we bring experience and an excellent reputation.
Anger Management
People seeking anger management are often people who are experiencing physical expressions of anger beyond the usual frustrations and irritability felt at times by all of us. Acting out on angry feelings can lead to violence and many people seeking anger management are facing a form of life crisis brought about by the impact of violence either in the home or in wider society. Feelings of frustration, irritability and anger can be normal emotions felt in response to life situations, but can become a problem when they are triggered far too readily and provoke an extreme response or are difficult to cope with when they spill over into physical violence. Who does it affect? Sadly, we know that domestic violence is extremely common and in wider society violence can be a frequent occurrence. The populous media have created unhelpful caricatures of "air rage" and "road rage" which almost trivialize the aggressive and violent interpersonal behavior. Causes of anger Feelings of anger or violent acting out can be related to many and different underlying difficulties and each case for this reason requires careful evaluation and assessment. Underlying mental health difficulties need to be identified and treated, interpersonal difficulties may need to be addressed and alcohol or substance use will need to be tackled. How can it be treated? After the picture has been clarified, and any underlying conditions dealt with, then individuals can often benefit greatly from psychological intervention which may involve a variety of different forms ranging from a group therapy programme to a one-to-one intervention. There is no generalized treatment for each individual and they all need to be tackled differently. Many individuals can have underlying difficulties with low self- esteem that can be severe as well as mistrust issues and past abuse issues. There may be a great many interlocking features that have led an individual to anger problems and a co-ordinated treatment will involve full participation of the individual in a safe, supportive environment with the promotion of appropriate coping behaviors and skills acquisition with regards to interpersonal communication, learning skills of appreciating other people's points of view and managing communication situations appropriately. There is, therefore, no one size fits all approach that is appropriate and each situation requires careful evaluation. How Spandana can help? Spandana has been helping to treat people with anger issues for over 25 years. We know that everyone's situation is different, which is why we ensure that everyone has a unique treatment plan tailored to their needs. The type and length of treatment is dependent on the individual's circumstances and the severity of the condition. Some patients are treated as outpatients, which means they come to Spandana for hourly sessions with their consultant, psychologist or therapist. Others require more structured treatment approach, which can include taking part in group therapy as part of our daycare programme.
Anorexia nervosa
Anorexia is a familiar illness in modern society. This self help page aims to help you understand anorexia - the causes, symptoms and treatments available. What is anorexia? Anorexia nervosa is a relatively rare eating disorder in which you starve yourself, often becoming dangerously thin. What causes anorexia? Research has shown that your genes and your family's attitude towards food can make you more likely to suffer from anorexia. Depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, loneliness and emotional distress can also contribute to anorexia. Eager to please and fearing failure, sufferers hide their inner fears and anxieties and, as a result, use food to control their feelings. A difficult experience such as the death of a loved one, being abused, a family upheaval or starting college may trigger anorexia. Who gets anorexia? Anorexia affects both men and women, at any age, but it's most common in young women between the ages of 14 and 25. What are the symptoms? Not everyone will have the same symptoms, but the most common are: Severe or significant weight loss. Limiting the amount you eat and drink, sometimes to a dangerous level, to control your body weight and shape. Exercising more than normal in an attempt to burn off the calories you have eaten. Focusing on food to try to cope with, and bring a sense of control to, your life. Strong feelings of 'fatness'. Loss of menstrual periods and sexual feelings. The long-term effects of anorexia over time, you may develop physical and psychological side effects including: Infertility in women. Brittle bones, heart and kidney problems. Extreme tiredness and exhaustion due to starvation. Chemical changes in your brain, making rational decisions difficult. Depression, anxiety and suicidal thoughts. Feelings of self-harm and suicide. The long-term effects of anorexia can be severe, even fatal, with 10% to 20% of sufferers dying from anorexia and its effects. Fortunately, with regular nourishment and treatment, many effects are reduced. How does anorexia affect family life ? Anorexia affects the whole family. Loved ones often find it hard to understand that an eating disorder is actually about feelings and coping, rather than food. This can lead to misunderstandings and arguments, particularly at meal times. Can I recover from anorexia? Even after many years with the illness, you can recover and go on to live a full life. But you must want to recover and understand that it can take years, possibly with some relapses to begin with. How is anorexia treated? Anorexia needs specialist help to treat both the psychological causes and its physical effects. Contacting your GP is often the easiest way to get help and further treatment. He or she may offer you psychological counseling or dietary counseling, or refer you to a specialist for further assessment. This may lead to outpatient treatment or, if more serious, day or inpatient treatment. As a day or inpatient, you might be offered relaxation and body acceptance therapy. If you're worried about talking to your GP, you can: Consider writing down your concerns and questions, Take a friend or family member with you, See another doctor in the practice or Join a new GP practice. The type of professional support offered will depend on the services that are available in your area, and the arrangements that your primary care trust (PCT) has with other health authorities or private providers. Specialist treatment for eating disorders is also available privately through the Spandana Group. Family and friends can also help through their support and care. It is particularly helpful for relatives to understand that your eating problems are your way of coping with emotional difficulties, and that you may have mixed feelings about changing your eating pattern. Therapies used to treat anorexia include dietary counseling, psychotherapy, family therapy and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT). CBT has become more popular over the past few years and can reduce symptoms by identifying, challenging and changing unhelpful thinking patterns that create unpleasant feelings and dieting behaviors. If you're dangerously thin, you will need to gain weight with the help of a dietary plan designed to restore your physical health and a normal eating pattern. Family support Most families benefit from family help aimed at supporting and managing any difficult relationships. Family work is helpful and encouraged, depending on your ability to cope. When will I have to go into hospital? When you lose a great deal of weight, the effects of starvation can affect your ability to think clearly and you will become more and more at risk. In extreme circumstances, if your life or health is at serious risk, you may have to go to hospital under the Mental Health Act. Body mass index (BMI) is a helpful way to assess a healthy we
Bipolar Disorder
Each year, Spandana psychiatry and psychology specialists care for thousands of patients of all ages who have bipolar disorder. Specialists work as a team to ensure that patients with bipolar disorder have access to the expertise needed for their care. What is bipolar disorder? Bipolar disorder is a psychiatric diagnosis describing a variety of mood disorders defined by mood swings, from excessive energetic highs to depressive and extreme lows. Bipolar disorder episodes, whether high or low, will usually last several weeks or months. What are the symptoms? Bipolar symptoms vary in line with the varying spectrum of the condition, however, certain behavioral patterns are evident. Mania or hypomania Mania is a heightened sense of well-being, offset with extreme energy and optimism, which can be so intense it affects a person's judgment and decision-making. Mania can make it almost impossible to deal with life effectively, and it can affect relationships and work. Periods which are not as extreme are called hypomania. During manic or depressive episodes, many people with bipolar disorder develop psychotic symptoms; in a manic state you will have extreme confidence in your abilities while in a depressive state you believe you're worse than anyone else or even that you don't exist. Symptoms include: Elevated mood IrritabilityDepression, one of the common bipolar symptoms, is a feeling that everyone will experience throughout their life, however, for sufferers of bipolar disorder, that depression is much worse. The feelings, possibly combine with other signs of bipolar, will persist for much longer and will make everyday occurrences in life much harder to deal with. Symptoms include: Lack of confidence Inability to make decisions Lack of sleep Negative thoughts about life Lack of interest in friends and family Isolation from friends Suicidal thoughts Who does it affect? It is estimated that approximately one in every 100 adults has bipolar disorder at some stage in their life and it is usually onset during or after the teenage years. There do not appear to be any gender differences, affecting men and women equally. Bipolar I is categorized in people who have at least one manic episode which lasts for longer than one week - usually between three to six months. People who suffer from bipolar I will be more prone to manic episodes, although many will also suffer from bouts of depression. Bipolar II will be diagnosed when there has been more than one episode of severe depression but only mild manic periods, which are defined as hypomania. Why does it occur? The causes of bipolar disorder are still relatively unknown, but research indicates a genetic link in association with a physical problem with the systems in our brain which controls our moods as well as a knock on effect from stressful experiences or physical illness. How Spandana can help? Spandana has been helping to treat bipolar disorder and providing bipolar support for over 25 years. We know that everyone's situation is different, which is why we ensure that everyone has a unique treatment plan tailored to their needs. The type and length of bipolar treatment is dependent on the individual's circumstances and the severity of the condition. Some patients are treated as outpatients, which means they come to Spandana for hourly sessions with their consultant, psychologist or therapist. Others require a more structured treatment approach which can include staying at one of the Spandana hospitals for the duration of their treatment where they take part in the psychological group programme as well as regular sessions with their consultant.
Body dysmorphic disorder
BDD is a disorder where an individual believes they have a problem with the appearance of a part of their body, and that is all they can think about. Another term for BDD still used in the INDIA is 'dysmorphophobia', although the media today sometimes refer to it as 'imagined ugliness syndrome' (which is a particularly unhelpful term as sufferers really believe they are ugly). When does a concern with my appearance become BDD? Many people are concerned with some aspect of their appearance, but to be diagnosed with BDD must be very distressing and have a serious effect on your life. For example, you may: Avoid social and public situations or Try to hide the part of your body that you are not happy with by wearing heavy make-up, brushing your hair in a particular way or wearing loose clothes. People who suffer from BDD may spend several hours a day thinking about their appearance and what they think is wrong with it. They may ask for constant reassurance about their appearance, repeatedly check their appearance in front of mirrors, pick their skin to make it smooth, or cut or comb their hair until they think it is perfect. They are very self-conscious, and may have a picture in their mind of the impression they give which no-one else can see and a feeling of shame that others do not experience. What are the most common areas of the body involved in BDD? People who suffer from BDD may think that there is something wrong with any part of their body, including their breasts or genitals. However, most sufferers are concerned with one or more aspects of their face. The most common concerns are with the nose, the hair, the skin, the eyes, the chin, the lips, or the overall body build. Sufferers may complain of a lack of symmetry, feel that something is too big or too small, or that it's out of proportion to the rest of their body. How common is BDD? It's hard to say as many people with BDD are too ashamed to talk about their problem, but one survey has suggested it affects nearly 1% of the population. It's more common in people with a history of depression and social phobia, and mild BDD is more common in women and young teenagers. How serious is BDD? With the most severe cases, BDD can affect your ability to work or study as well as your social and family life. Many sufferers are single or divorced, suggesting that they find it difficult to form relationships. Some sufferers may be housebound, in hospital or attempt suicide. Are sufferers aware of their problem? Some sufferers usually realize that other people believe that their appearance is 'normal' and acknowledge that they're blowing things out of all proportion. Others are firmly convinced that they have a problem with their appearance and feel very alone and misunderstood. What causes BDD? From what little research there is, causes are thought to be psychological and biological. BDD may have a genetic influence, and it usually develops in the teens - a time when people are generally most sensitive about their appearance. They may have had bad experiences like being teased or bullied. They will have developed a low self-esteem, may fear being alone and isolated, and begin judging themselves by their appearance. Is BDD linked with other illnesses? Sufferers usually feel demoralised or clinically depressed, they may suffer from social phobia and be afraid of social situations. Many BDD patients have also suffered from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) at some time in their life. Are people with BDD vain? No! People with BDD believe they are ugly or there is something wrong with them. They tend to be very secretive and reluctant to get help because they're afraid others will think they are vain or self-obsessed. How is the illness likely to progress? Many people with BDD regularly receive treatment from dermatologists (skin specialists) or cosmetic surgeons but with little satisfaction, or they become concerned about a different feature. Only years later do they get psychiatric or psychological help. Even when they do get help from a doctor or therapist, they often present other symptoms such as depression, social anxiety or OCD, and do not reveal their real concerns. What treatments are available? Contacting your GP is often the easiest way to get help and further treatment. He or she may refer you to a specialist for further assessment. This may lead to outpatient treatment or, if more serious, day or inpatient treatment. If you're worried about talking to your GP, consider writing down your concerns and questions. You can: Take a friend or family member with you. See another doctor in the practice or Join a new GP practice. There has been very little research on the treatment of BDD. Two treatments that have been shown to work include cognitive behaviour therapy and antidepressant medication. CBT Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is based on a structured programme of sel
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