Burglars broke into Susannah’s house recently while she was visiting her parents for the weekend. After the break-in, she’s worried that it could happen again. Every noise she hears is scary and she can’t think about anything else when she has to leave the house. Eventually, the anxiety of stepping foot outside her house becomes too much. She stays home as much as possible and doesn’t reach out to her friends.
After a few weeks of this, Susannah’s mother recommends that she reach out to a psychiatrist to help her get through her traumatic experience. Susannah sets up an appointment and talks about her feelings, her symptoms, and her concerns. She’s diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder during her first session. After a few more sessions, she already starts to feel calmer and more in control of her emotional state.
Have you ever felt like Susannah — dealing with symptoms of a mental disorder that are interfering with your life? We want you to know that support is available. Working with a psychiatrist can help.
Psychiatry is a field of medicine that focuses on diagnosing and treating mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. Psychiatrists are highly-trained mental health professionals with the skills and experience to help you achieve your mental health goals.
Are you ready to work with one of our psychiatrists? Call our office today at Thriveworks Counseling in Birmingham, AL. One of our team members can answer any questions you have about the process and help you schedule an appointment.
Can a Psychiatrist Help Me?
Psychiatrists are medical doctors whose medical training allows them to understand how the body and mind interact. As a result, they can diagnose and treat a wide variety of mental illnesses, emotional disorders, and other mental health problems.
Psychiatrists can help people with:
- Anxiety, panic disorders, and phobias
- Major depressive disorder and other mood disorders
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder (BPD)
- Substance abuse disorders and addiction
- Eating disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
The unfortunate reality of mental illness is that it can worsen over time if not treated. By working with a licensed mental health professional, you give yourself the opportunity to feel better, manage your symptoms, and move on with your life.
If you want to start working with a psychiatrist, call our office at Thriveworks Counseling in Birmingham, AL today.
Psychiatric Treatment: What To Expect
Psychiatrists learn the ins and outs of many different mental disorders and illnesses during their years in medical school and a psychiatry residency. They have the training and skills to treat a wide variety of issues.
Psychiatric treatment generally falls into two categories:
- Psychotherapy: Also known as talk therapy, psychotherapy refers to a number of therapeutic techniques that can help treat mental disorders and reduce symptoms. Most psychotherapy focuses on an open and ongoing dialogue between the client and the licensed professional. You might discuss a symptom you’re facing, learn stress-reduction techniques, or talk about how your thoughts influence your life. These conversations will be guided to help you discover insights into your mental state and learn how to move forward.
- Medication: Given their medical degree, every psychiatrist has the ability to prescribe medications for their clients as needed. Medication isn’t used in every treatment plan but it can significantly reduce symptoms for some people with certain mental disorders. Your psychiatrist will let you know if they think prescription medication would be helpful in your situation.
If you’re thinking about starting psychiatric treatment, call our office today at Thriveworks Counseling in Birmingham, AL.
Psychiatry Sessions Available at Thriveworks in Birmingham, AL –– Schedule Today
Do you want to work with a board-certified psychiatrist? If so, call our office at Thriveworks Counseling in Birmingham, AL today.
Our psychiatrists work with their clients through convenient, easy-to-schedule online counseling sessions. You can speak with your provider over the phone or through a video chat. Many of our clients love the flexibility and comfort that comes with receiving mental health care without leaving their homes.