Lafayette Psychiatry—Lafayette, LA Psychiatrists
Part of the human experience is having a wide range of emotions, any of which we may feel in any given moment: happiness, sadness, disappointment, excitement, anger, fear, fulfillment.
Unfortunately, we can’t have the good without the bad. However, when we do get dealt the bad cards, the good news is that a psychiatrist can help us work through it.
Psychiatrists are medical doctors who help people manage their mental disturbances and prevent them from worsening. At Thriveworks Counseling in Lafayette, LA, our psychiatrists aren’t just skilled and experienced, but caring and compassionate.
To begin working with one of our online psychiatrists in Lafayette, LA or the surrounding area, call (225) 716-9319. We can often get new clients scheduled with a same or next-day appointment.
What Conditions Can Psychiatrists Treat?
Psychiatrists can treat a range of conditions that impede one’s mental and emotional wellbeing. They start by evaluating one’s symptoms and then offering a diagnosis, which might be:
- Anxiety: excessive, uncontrollable racing thoughts
- Depression: despair and feelings of hopelessness
- Bipolar disorder: extreme mood changes; mania and depression
- An eating disorder: unhealthy eating habits and body image
- Substance abuse: unhealthy thoughts/behaviors around a certain substance or behavior
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD): distress caused by a traumatic experience
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): Lack of focus and hyperactive behavior
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD): repetitive thoughts and compulsions
These disorders can be caused by biological, psychological, and social factors. For example, some people are genetically predisposed and more likely to develop certain mental illnesses. Other people are more likely to develop a mental illness due to their current life circumstances. Someone who is going through a rough breakup, for example, may be more likely to get depressed than the people around them.
In any case, if you are exhibiting symptoms or warning signs of a mental illness, it’s important that you talk to a psychiatrist about them. These are experts who are well-versed in over 200 mental disorders as well as other disturbances that negatively affect our mental health.
What Does Psychiatric Treatment Look Like?
Psychiatrists can use different forms of treatment to help their clients, but the most common and the most effective are psychotherapy and medication. This is one area in which psychiatrists stand out from other mental health professionals: They can prescribe medication as part of their treatment plan but others cannot.
Psychotherapy, otherwise known as talk therapy, can help people with many different mental illnesses including depression and anxiety. This treatment aims to eliminate or help one control their harmful symptoms and in turn improve their wellbeing. Psychotherapy can also help those who are going through other difficulties, like the loss of a loved one or a scary physical illness diagnosis.
Medication can be useful for many people, too. For example, someone who struggles with social anxiety disorder can benefit from an anti-anxiety medication, which helps to calm those racing thoughts. In other cases, medication can help to stabilize one’s condition, such as those with schizophrenia. Often, medication is used in conjunction with psychotherapy. It lessens or improves one’s symptoms so that they can focus on working with their therapist.
Schedule an Appointment with a Psychiatrist at Thriveworks in Lafayette, LA
In a nutshell, psychiatrists are skilled, experienced medical professionals who are qualified to help people with their mental health problems. If you are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or you’re suffering as a result of a disturbing life event, be it the death of a friend or a hard breakup, they can help.
Psychiatrists can provide their clients with diagnosis, treatment, and preventative measures. If you see value in their services, call Thriveworks Counseling in Lafayette, LA. We can get you scheduled with a telephone or video session with an online psychiatrist. You can look forward to meeting with them virtually and working together to address your problems.
To schedule your appointment, call (225) 716-9319. Our scheduling specialists are here to assist you.