Columbia Psychiatry—Psychiatric Care in Columbia, MO

Columbia Psychiatry—Psychiatric Care in Columbia, MO

Do you know what a psychiatrist is? Many people mistake them for other professionals like psychologists. In reality, though, psychiatrists are medical doctors with a specialty in mental health conditions and emotional disturbances. These professionals help their clients by assessing their symptoms, identifying and diagnosing underlying conditions, and providing treatment, which often includes therapy and/or medication.

The main difference between psychiatrists and their counterparts (like psychologists and counselors) is that they are qualified to prescribe psychiatric medications. They can also provide medication management to those who already have a prescription medication, such as those who are looking to alter or change it. 

If you are exhibiting symptoms of a mental illness and are in need of diagnosis,  treatment, or medication management, consider working with a psychiatrist. Thriveworks Counseling in Columbia, MO is here and happy to connect you with one of our skilled, caring psychiatrists. Just call (573) 985-6308 to get started.

We recognize the importance of receiving mental health help as soon as possible. That’s why, at Thriveworks, we don’t put our clients on a waitlist. Instead, we set them up with mental health professionals right away. And often, they meet their provider within 24-48 hours of scheduling their session. 

Mental Health Conditions: Evaluation and Diagnosis

Psychiatrists are trained to help people who present 200+ different disorders. They spend years and years gaining the necessary education, skills, training, and experience in school and residency.

When a psychiatrist meets with a new client, they will first evaluate the individual’s symptoms, both mental and physical. This might involve a self-report, survey, or other means of psychological testing. The goal is to understand how these symptoms intertwine and what underlying condition is present.

A psychiatrist’s clients may present very different symptoms from one another. The symptoms vary from one disorder to the next and can even look different in two people with the same condition. Here are a few warning signs of mental illness:

  • Changes in sleep or eating habits
  • Anxious or depressive thoughts
  • Feelings of worthlessness or hopelessness
  • Lack of motivation or disinterest
  • Thoughts of suicide or self-harm
  • Withdrawal from loved ones
  • Significant changes in weight
  • Fatigue and exhaustion

These symptoms can prove harmful, even destructive, to one’s life. It is important that if you are experiencing any of the above you talk to a psychiatrist or another mental health professional.

Psychiatric Care: Medication and Therapy

Psychiatrists can offer their clients treatment in the form of medication, therapy, or both. Their recommendation will depend on the individual’s unique symptoms and needs. That said, both medication and therapy often prove effective and the combination of the two is often the most effective.

Psychotherapy involves talking to a mental health professional (be it your psychiatrist, a counselor, or psychologist). You’ll talk about your symptoms and condition, potential causes of your condition, and more. The ultimate goal is to better manage one’s symptoms or eliminate them. A few examples of psychotherapy are talk therapy and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT). 

Medication for mental health conditions can help one improve their symptoms while the individual works with their therapist to get their condition under control. 

Schedule Telepsychiatry at Thriveworks in Missouri

A lot of people like the idea of talking to a psychiatrist or another mental health professional but they don’t like the idea of having to go into the office for yet another appointment. Telehealth is the answer to this problem. Telepsychiatry allows clients to meet with their psychiatrist easily and conveniently online. 

At Thriveworks Counseling in Columbia, MO, you can choose to attend your appointment with your psychiatrist over the phone or video. Either way, they are happy to meet with you and are excited to begin this journey. 

Our psychiatrists are board-certified in Missouri and can help anybody in or near Columbia, MO. To schedule your appointment, just call (573) 985-6308.