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9,499 people sought psychiatry/medication help in Arizona in the last year

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Starting Psychiatry/medication

What is psychiatry?

Psychiatry is a branch of medicine that focuses specifically on the medical and psychotherapeutic treatment of mental conditions and disorders.

How does psychiatry work?

Psychiatry allows people struggling to manage mental conditions or disorders to get access to medications that will make daily functioning easier, as well as work through any mental factors that might be causing or worsening their condition. Though medications can't cure mental disorders, medication can make symptoms more manageable, making the process of psychotherapeutic treatment easier and more effective. Psychiatric care can be available through in-person psychiatry and online psychiatry, depending on where you live and your own preferences. However, psychiatric providers at Thriveworks in Tempe, AZ specifically offer online psychiatry to their clients.

Does psychiatry deal with anxiety?

Psychiatrists are among the mental health professionals who can prescribe anxiety medication, and they are also capable of offering therapeutic treatment for anxiety as well, though not every psychiatric professional offers therapy. Medication management can be offered via in-person or online psychiatry.

What is the difference between a mental health therapist and psychiatrist?

A therapist has an education specifically rooted in therapeutic practice, approaches, techniques, and treatment. They cannot prescribe medications for clients, thought they often refer clients to psychiatrists for medication management. Psychiatrists are medically trained doctors who specialize in mental health treatment, mainly through medication management and prescription, though they can also practice therapy.

What's the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychologists and psychiatrists receive differing educations, as psychologists are not medically trained the same way that psychiatrists are. Psychologists mainly specialize in providing therapy services and diagnoses for mental disorders — something that most therapists cannot provide — while psychiatrists manage medications and sometimes provide therapy services. The main difference is that psychologists (generally) cannot prescribe medications the way psychiatrists can.

Do psychiatric NPs treat mental disorders?

Psychiatric nurse practitioners (NPs) treat and diagnose disorders, prescribe and manage medications, and offer psychotherapy services, too.

How do psychiatriac providers diagnose?

Oftentimes, psychiatrists or psychiatric professionals will perform a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, which involves an in-depth discussion about your symptoms, medical history, and current medications. Once they reach a diagnosis, they may suggest starting certain medications depending on your condition and the intensity of your symptoms.

Is psychiatry/medication conducted in person or online?

At Thriveworks, we offer online psychiatry as well as in-person therapy services for optimal comfort and convenience.

How long does psychiatry last?

Psychiatric services at Thriveworks Tempe can last for as little or as much time as the client needs to reach their treatment goals, whether that be a month or two or over the course of years. treatment length is heavily dependent on the condition(s) being treated, the course of treatment, and the client's goals for treatment.

Need more help deciding?

When you hear the word “psychiatrist,” what comes to mind? Does it conjure up images from childhood cartoons or video games? Are you reminded of scenes from popular movies and TV shows of a client reclining on a couch speaking to a licensed professional who nods and answers, “Mmhmm” every so often?

There are many misconceptions about psychiatrists. While part of their job is to listen to their clients, they are also medical doctors who diagnose and treat mental, emotional, and behavioral health issues across a wide spectrum of severity. They can prescribe medication, administer talk therapy, and even provide actionable self-care recommendations to ease your symptoms.

One of the biggest myths around psychiatrists, however, is that they only treat the most severe mood or personality disorders. The reality is that those cases make up just a small percentage. Millions of people every year seek out psychiatry services to help them alleviate their depression, anxiety, and other mental health issues.

If you’re struggling with some sort of mental illness, there is no shame in seeking help from a licensed professional. Our board-certified psychiatrists at Thriveworks Counseling in Tempe, AZ look forward to helping you find your way.

What Issues Do Psychiatrists Treat?

How do you know when it’s time to visit a psychiatrist? While psychiatrists treat clients with suicidal thoughts and debilitating personality disorders, they also treat clients struggling with substance abuse, eating disorders, trauma, and a wide range of mental illnesses and other issues.

These are just a few of the reasons people reach out for help from a licensed psychiatrist:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Mood changes
  • Substance abuse
  • Phobias
  • Abuse and trauma
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Addictive behaviors
  • Self-harmful behaviors

If you’re dealing with a mental or emotional disorder, it’s important to remember that help is available. Speak to a board-certified psychiatrist at Thriveworks Counseling in Tempe, AZ today.

The Benefits of Seeing a Psychiatrist

Psychiatrists are trained medical doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating mental illnesses, mood disorders, personality disorders, and other psychological problems. Many mental health issues can cause both psychological and physical symptoms; others may have a genetic or chemical factor that contributes to worsening symptoms. In either case, having a professional with a medical background can be invaluable.

Diagnosis can be a fairly complex process. Depending on your situation, your psychiatrist may guide you through a physical examination, ask you to fill out psychological questionnaires, or request lab tests. They may also ask you a series of questions to better understand your symptoms and how they may be affecting your life.

Once a board-certified psychiatrist has made a diagnosis, they are also highly qualified to provide the full range of treatment options. They may prescribe medication to make symptoms more manageable, administer psychotherapy, or prescribe a combination of treatments. The goal is to help alleviate your discomfort so you can live a healthier, happier life in both the short and long term.

If talk therapy is part of your treatment plan, you will work with your psychiatrist to better understand the emotional distress you are experiencing. You may dig deep into your past, your thought patterns, and your current stressors to identify the most effective way for you to move forward. Your psychiatrist can also audit your sleep, exercise, and other self-care habits to help you find a regimen that works for you.

If you’re dealing with a mental health problem, consider making an appointment at Thriveworks Counseling in Tempe, AZ.

Schedule Your First Psychiatry Session at Thriveworks in Tempe, AZ

Are you having difficulty making time for your mental and emotional health? At Thriveworks Counseling, we’ve removed as many barriers as possible so you can access quality mental health care services on your own terms. We offer remote psychiatry appointments — either by phone or video — and accept most forms of insurance so you can focus on getting better, not your out-of-pocket expenses.

Weekend and evening sessions are available and we’re often able to schedule new clients to see a provider within 24-48 hours of reaching out. Plus, when you enroll with Thriveworks Counseling, you can also begin taking advantage of a wide variety of exclusive benefits, including:

  • Access to your mental health provider between appointments
  • Exclusive video content
  • Life coaching Q&A with 24-hour responses
  • Therapy Buddy mobile app
  • Text support for scheduling and billing questions
  • Community discussion board

If you want to experience the benefits of seeing a licensed psychiatrist, make an appointment with Thriveworks Counseling in Tempe, AZ today.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Tempe therapists and counselors accept 23 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Medicare Advantage

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Tempe is located off S Lakeshore Drive, between E Baseline Rd and E Fremont Dr. Next door, in the same parking lot, is Southwest Spine & Sports. We currently share the Lakeshore Plaza building with Gerson Realty and Dry Utility Services, among other businesses.

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(623) 323-8962

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