Depression among Pregnant Women

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Depression among Pregnant Women
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Dr. Sridhar Yaratha has practiced as a psychiatrist in a number of different settings. In addition to helping individuals with a wide range of mental health conditions, Dr. Sridhar Yaratha lectures on different psychiatry-related topics, including depression in pregnant women.

Depression during pregnancy affects women of all backgrounds and situations. However, a number of criteria can increase the likelihood that a woman will exhibit symptoms of depression during pregnancy. For instance, lacking a strong support network of family members and friends is one risk factor. Additionally, women who have conflicted feelings about being pregnant, are in an unhealthy relationship with a spouse or partner, or who have had depression in the past face higher risk.

While common, feeling depressed during pregnancy can pose a serious threat to the woman’s well-being, as well as the well-being of the baby. It can result in the woman receiving less-than-adequate sleep or nutrition, for instance. In certain cases, she might have difficulty following her doctor’s instructions to not use alcohol or drugs. Therefore, if you feel depressed while expecting a baby, don’t keep your feelings to yourself. Reaching out to others, including mental health professionals, for treatment can help.

The Varied Court-Focused Duties of the Forensic Psychiatrist

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Based in Richmond, Virginia, Dr. Sridhar Yaratha is a forensic psychiatrist with the Central State Hospital and treats patients with chronic mental illness. Dr. Sridhar Yaratha’s forensic experience includes regularly participating in civil commitment court proceedings.

As medical doctors who have also received psychiatric training, forensic psychiatrists focus on applying psychiatric knowledge within a legal setting. While many forensic psychiatrists maintain clinical practices, they do not provide any type of therapy as part of their forensic duties. Rather, they provide objective evaluations that are used by the courts, retaining attorneys, or institutions involved.

Within civil proceedings, forensic psychiatrists commonly make determinations regarding such matters as an individual’s competence to refuse medical treatment and to dispose of property. In custody cases, forensic psychiatrists are called upon to assess the authenticity and degree of autonomy expressed in the child’s wishes. Other cases, involving alleged posttraumatic stress disorder or emotional harm, require an in-depth understanding of the person’s life history. In serious criminal cases, forensic psychiatrists’ evaluations can help define a defendant’s mental state and may influence a stipulated “not guilty by reason of insanity” determination.

The Summer Intensive Program at the Richmond Ballet

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Based in Virginia, Dr. Sridhar Yaratha has served as a forensic and staff psychiatrist for the Men’s Long Term Forensic Unit at Central State Hospital for the last nine years. An active member of his community, Dr. Sridhar Yaratha supports organizations such as the Richmond Ballet.

Founded in 1957, the Richmond Ballet offers a wide range of classes for students of all ages. In addition to these standard lessons, the company hosts a Summer Intensive Program for talented youth to cultivate their passion for dance and improve their overall ballet technique. A number of alumni from the summer program have become professional ballet dancers with the Richmond Ballet as well as other companies across the U.S.

This year, the Ballet offered its 2015 Summer Intensive Program from June 29 through August 1 at its facility in downtown Richmond. Under the direction of Artistic Associate Judy Jacob and faculty from The School of Richmond Ballet, the program welcomed students ages 13 and up. Through the program, dancers were able to take a number of specialized classes, including pointe, partnering, character dance, and modern. Faculty also facilitated enrichment courses that taught participants about dance nutrition and injury prevention.

Depression in Elderly Populations

Dr. Sridhar Yaratha currently serves as an attending psychiatrist at Gateway Homes in Virginia, where he cares for adult patients with chronic mental illness. There and in other areas of his practice, Dr. Sridhar Yaratha has encountered a significant level of depression among elderly people, and he has lectured and conducted seminars on the subject with other psychiatric and medical professionals.

Depression greatly impacts a person’s overall sense of well-being. Unfortunately, it is particularly common in elderly populations, with over six million older adults affected by the condition. However, among this large group of people, only a small percentage receives help for their distress. There are a number of reasons why depression among seniors might go undetected or untreated.

One reason is that many people mistakenly view symptoms of depression as a regular part of growing older and therefore not a cause of concern. In other cases, caregivers might confuse the symptoms of depression with those of other health-related conditions. The symptoms of depression vary from one person to another, but might include feeling sad or irritable, having decreased levels of energy, and a lack of appetite. In addition to going undiagnosed, older individuals are often less likely to seek help for depression because they may not view it as a condition that can be treated.

Finally, an older person’s current circumstances may contribute to the problem. For instance, the person might have a smaller support system than he or she used to have, a factor that can make dealing with depression or getting help for it more difficult. Therefore, it is important that people be on the lookout for signs of depression among older friends and relatives.

Symptoms of Schizophrenia

A forensic psychiatrist at Virginia’s Central State Hospital, Dr. Sridhar Yaratha helps patients who have a variety of conditions and backgrounds. For example, Dr. Sridhar Yaratha has worked with individuals who have schizophrenia.

Schizophrenia is a serious mental health disorder that greatly affects a person’s ability to live a normal life, in that it affects how people perceive the world around them. There are a variety of symptoms of the condition. For example, people with schizophrenia might have hallucinations, in which they perceive things that aren’t actually there. In particular, they might hear voices that tell them to do certain things. The voices might also give warnings or provide other types of commentary.

In addition to hallucinations, people with schizophrenia often form deluded ideas about the world around them. They may believe that people are coming to get them, for example, or that they are being sent important messages via radio or television broadcasts. Difficulty thinking logically, moving in irregular or abnormal ways, and having a lack of interest in life are some other possible signs of the condition.

While the symptoms of schizophrenia can be severe, they can also be addressed through therapy and medication. Therefore, it is important that people with this condition get ongoing professional help.

The Role of Forensic Psychiatry

Dr. Sridhar Yaratha has extensive knowledge and experience in the field of psychiatry. Currently, Dr. Sridhar Yaratha works as a forensic psychiatrist at Central State Hospital in Petersburg, Virginia.

Forensic psychiatry is a specialized field within psychiatry that focuses on psychiatric conditions and behaviors as they relate to legal matters. Certain qualities, such as tendencies toward violence, often have a strong psychological basis, for instance. A forensic psychiatrist might evaluate a person’s mental health and background for court cases to determine whether the person is competent to stand trial or can be legally held accountable for his or her actions. Therefore, a forensic psychiatrist’s evaluation of an individual can have a major role in cases in which the defendant’s sanity when the event took place is in question.

Additionally, a forensic psychiatrist might evaluate individuals for purposes other than criminal law. For example, it can determine whether or not a person should be involuntarily committed to a state-run center for his or her safety and well being, or for the safety and well being of those in the community.