|Q: After I begin taking sleeping pills, will I be able to stop taking them?
A: If you can’t sleep, it is important to take sleeping pills because insomnia
can cause various symptoms. High-quality sleep improves your capacity to
heal and will heal you earlier. After your sleeping has improved, you can
sleep without sleeping pills. Therefore, if you don’t take pills, your
recovery may be seriously delayed.
Q: I’m scared that the medicine will change my mental condition.
A: Certainly the medicine will change your mental condition. But after
you have recovered, you don’t need to take the medicine unless you have
a persistant condition. Because you will recover faster, you will suffer
from mental problems for a shorter time. Psychotherapy can’t improve you
Q: Will the medicine be a permanent remedy?
A: I think a permanent remedy doesn’t exist in the psychological world.
Even a perfect person will get heavily depressed when he/she has a really
terrible experience. Therefore the possibility that you would get depressed
depends on the strength of stress and your resistance to depression. There
are people who are more resistant to stress and there are people who are
more susceptible to stress. You feel stress more when you dislike your
work than when you like your work.
When taking the medicine, you improve your mental condition and if you
also change your circumstance(ex. change your post) the way of thinking
and the way of cognition, you can increase your capacity to heal and act
and work normally. If stress gets too strong, your capacity to heal will
become weak, and you become unstable. Therefore you have to know how you
react to stress.
Ｑ:Can I have counseling immediately?
A: After the doctor sees you, he decides if counseling is appropriate for
you. If the counselor agrees with you about the date, the counseling will
Q: I have never been to a psychiatric clinic, what do I do?
A: At first the doctor will ask your symptom, and ask what happened in
your past, for example, your schooling history and the structure of your
family. Therefore the doctor knows your background and determines the cause
of the disease. You may think that the doctor asks about private things
too directly, but these questions become a hint by which the doctor decides
the method of therapy. The patient shouldn’t hesitate to speak about private
things. The doctor always wants to know private things about the patient.
Afterwards in principle the doctor prescribes medicine. But if necessary
and possible, he adds another remedy. Any patient who dislikes medicine
very much may receive another therapy.
Q: Do I have to take the medicine regularly?
A: There are two types of medicine. One you should take regularly, the
other you should take only when you have symptoms. For example, antidepressants
should be taken everyday. After 1 or 2 weeks after taking it, you will
feel better. Meanwhile, the antianxiety drugs and the sleeping pills should
be taken only when there are symptoms. You should continue to take the
medicine until the symptoms disappear. If the condition doesn’t improve,
you shouldn’t stop taking the medicine.
Q: How should I cope with stress from my job?
A:You should be careful not to overwork yourself and realize your limitations.
You should be careful not to overestimate your own abilities. You should
be attentive to your mental and physical conditions, and slow down the
pace of your work when stress is beginning to occur. For me light stress
means insomnia and irritation and heavy stresst means diarrhea and hives.
The person who can’t say “No” when asked to do some favor and who naturally
are apt to want to do as others expect them to, should be attentive to
their condition. You should change your thinking and take care of yourself
Q：Is there something I can do so that I might cure myself without medicine?
A: you should take time to meditate. Thinking too much is one of the causes
of all mental diseases. Thinking too much consumes your energy and reduces
your resistance to the illness. You should try to make time to meditate
anywhere for any length of time. When you walk, you can empty your mind
by concentrating on the way you walk and the movement of your body. When
you sit, you should concentrate on your respiration and clear your mind
of unnecessary thoughts.
Q: How much does the treatment cost?
A: The cost of treatment depends on the kind of insurance you have. It
varies from 10% to 30% of the total cost. And it varies depending on what
medicine you take. The estimated cost may be from 2000 yen to 4000 yen
for the first visit.