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Psychiatry is a medical field focused on preventing, diagnosing, and treating mental, emotional, and behavioral challenges.
Psychiatrists are medical physicians with advanced training who address mental health conditions by looking at the whole picture—the patient’s physical and psychological state. This process may require evaluations, medical tests, psychotherapy, medication, and other interventions.
Research shows that most mental health issues require a combination of psychotherapy and medication. Although therapy can help you learn essential skills and overcome some of life’s greatest hardships, sometimes your body needs some additional medical support in order to function well.
You may experience crippling panic attacks, recurring symptoms of anxiety, or severe depression. You may suffer from hallucinations, have trouble focusing, or struggle with your body image to the point of self-harm. These signs may come out of the blue or could have been going on for a while, affecting all aspects of your life.
While some mental health conditions can be addressed with talk therapy, others may require a more integrative approach—combining therapy and medication.
Whether you are going through new and scary challenges or feel like there’s no way to heal your long-term pain, you deserve comprehensive care.
Psychiatry training involves completing medical school and a residency program with a specialization in psychiatry. Psychiatrists are qualified physicians who can assess patients, provide psychotherapy, prescribe and monitor medication, and recommend other forms of treatment.
Psychology education involves advanced doctorate degrees such as Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Psychology (PsyD). Psychologists are licensed mental health professionals who can test, assess, and offer therapy services through various modalities. Psychologists typically cannot prescribe medication without specific certification.
Psychiatrists and psychologists often work together to give the most effective treatment to their patients—children, teens, and adults alike.
For example, you may take your child to a psychologist who reaches a diagnosis, provides therapy, and refers you to a psychiatrist to prescribe medication for your kid. Seeing one, the other, or both will depend on the specific condition and symptoms.
Psychiatry is often used to treat severe or lasting mental health problems that may benefit from medication.
Some people struggle with unknown underlying problems or complex health histories, making it challenging to identify the root of the issue. In some of these cases, psychiatry can be an efficient route to diagnose and determine the best course of action. Yet, in others, psychotherapy may suffice.
Psychiatry offers a safe space to explore your physical and mental health, identify your challenges, and learn how to address them. A psychiatrist can also collaborate with other health care professionals to prepare a customized treatment plan that will get you closer to your wellness goals.
Your psychiatrist may prescribe specific medication to treat your symptoms. This medication may help rebalance the chemicals or neurotransmitters in your brain to regulate your thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.
Discuss any prescribed medication in detail with your doctor before taking it. Make sure to ask questions and understand the instructions.
If you experience any issues or adverse reactions to the medication, reach out to your doctor immediately.
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We will discuss your concerns and perform a detailed assessment of your physical and mental condition. This process may include performing psychological evaluations, ordering lab tests, and reviewing medical and family history to make an accurate diagnosis.
Once we have a diagnosis, we will design an action plan adjusted to your case. Treatment may include various forms of therapy, psychosocial groups, and medication, depending on your needs.
We will watch your progress in therapy and the effect of prescribed medication. We’ll schedule recurring appointments to check in and make any necessary modifications along your journey.
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