According to the World Health Organization, one in four people are affected by mental disorders, but nearly two-thirds of these people never seek help from a professional.
Dealing with mental illness or emotional distress can be incredibly difficult, yet much of the time, we tend to write off our pain. It can seem simpler to not acknowledge a problem that you might not be able to see. However, leaving mental illness unattended and untreated rarely helps the problem. In fact, doing so can lead to unnecessary suffering and impact your relationships, career, and overall happiness.
If you’ve been struggling with a mental health issue, consider reaching out to a psychiatrist at Thriveworks in Anchorage, AK. Under a psychiatrist’s care, you can get the medical attention and specific insight needed to overcome and manage a wide variety of mental, emotional, and behavioral health concerns. Our scheduling experts are standing by to help you find a time that works best for you.
To schedule your first remote appointment with a licensed teleepsychiatrist, click or give us a call at Thriveworks in Anchorage, AK.
Would a Psychiatrist Be Able To Help Me?
There are several different kinds of mental health professionals, including therapists, counselors, life coaches, psychologists, and psychiatrists. While all of these professionals can provide mental health care, psychiatrists are uniquely qualified to address both the physical and psychological components of mental health issues.
As medical doctors, psychiatrists can provide the full range of treatment options including psychotherapy and prescription medications. They can help clients with mild, moderate, or severe mental illness, as well as those who are going through a difficult life transition.
Some of the most common reasons people choose to consult a psychiatrist include:
- Anxiety disorders
- Eating disorders
- Bipolar disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Borderline personality disorder and other personality disorders
Even if you don’t see your issue listed or you’re not sure exactly what issue you’re facing, that’s okay too. If you’re experiencing a mental health issue that is interfering with your daily life, we encourage you to reach out to a licensed psychiatrist at Thriveworks in Anchorage, AK.
What Does Working With a Psychiatrist Look Like?
To become a psychiatrist, one must attend medical school to earn a medical degree, specialize in the field of psychiatry, and serve four years in a psychiatric residency. Finally, one must pass an exam to become board-certified. This extensive training allows psychiatrists to assess, diagnose, treat, and prevent mental disorders.
When you first meet with a psychiatrist, they will speak with you to get a sense of your current stressors, any symptoms, concerns, and goals for treatment you may have. They might conduct psychological tests to detect the presence of mental disorders and review your medical history to evaluate what factors might be contributing to your current situation. They’ll use this information to develop an effective treatment plan that directly pertains to your unique needs.
Treatment often involves psychotherapy (talk therapy), medication, or a combination of the two. The specifics of your treatment will depend on the way that your symptoms present themselves, how severe they are, and your goals for treatment.
If medication is right for you, your psychiatrist will prescribe it directly and monitor your progress. They’ll check in with you about how you feel on the medication, whether you’ve had any adverse physical or mental reactions, and if it is having the desired effect. Based on your experience, they may decide to have you try another medication, add another prescription to your treatment, or adjust your dosage. They can also help you develop a healthy and safe exit strategy to stop taking a prescription medication if that would be helpful for your situation.
Psychiatrists can also recommend self-care habits and coping mechanisms to help you tolerate distress and prevent symptoms from interfering with your life. Whatever your treatment involves, your Thriveworks psychiatrist in Anchorage, AK will make sure you understand every step of the process so you feel comfortable.
Schedule a Psychiatry Appointment at Thriveworks in Anchorage, AK
Psychiatrists devote their lives to understanding and treating mental health problems so they can improve the lives of their clients. Our Thriveworks providers are ready to do the same for you.
When you call or click on our booking tool, you can schedule an appointment to see a provider — sometimes in as little as 24-48 hours. Plus, our remote appointment availability makes it easy to find the right time to work on your mental health. We also accept most major forms of insurance and affordable rates for those paying out of pocket.
You don’t have to wait to take care of your mental health. Give us a call at Thriveworks in Anchorage, AK to enroll today.