Think back to the last time you had to calm yourself down. Do you remember what you did? Maybe you called a friend to chat, read a book, or went for a run. Healthy coping mechanisms can help stabilize us in times of emotional distress or unease.
Has there ever been a time when you’ve tried one of these coping mechanisms, but they didn’t work as well as you hoped? It can be frustrating when we feel like we can’t control our thoughts and emotions. Sometimes, it can cause us to turn to unhealthy coping mechanisms that are more damaging in the long run.
It can be scary not knowing how to make yourself feel better. If you’re finding that lately, you’ve been struggling to figure out how to cope with your mental health, you could benefit from seeing a mental health professional like a licensed psychiatrist. Psychiatrists can help you manage your mental wellbeing and provide you with the guidance and treatment needed to find stability, control, and happiness.
Do you want to talk to one of our psychiatrists? Consider calling our office today at Thriveworks Counseling in Fremont, CA. Someone from our scheduling team can help you set up your first appointment.
What Mental Health Concerns Do Psychiatrists Treat?
Many people who could benefit from meeting with a psychiatrist never reach out for one reason — they’re worried that psychiatry isn’t right for them. One common misconception is that psychiatrists only help people dealing with severe mental illness.
In reality, psychiatrists help clients deal with mild to severe mental health disorders, such as:
- Generalized anxiety disorder
- Major depressive disorder
- Persistent depressive disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Substance abuse
- Eating disorders
- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Gender dysphoria
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Panic disorder
This list only mentions some of the problems that psychiatrists can help manage. If you’re dealing with something else entirely, we still highly encourage you to reach out to us at Thriveworks in Fremont, CA. Our mental health professionals have the expertise to help you make the most informed decisions regarding your mental health.
We especially encourage you to reach out if you’re not sure of the issue you’re experiencing but know that you’ve been feeling symptoms of mental distress, including:
- Inability to focus
- Obsessive thinking
- Trouble adjusting to a significant life change
- Difficulty sleeping regularly
- Heightened irritability
- Negative thinking
- Emotional outbursts or mood swings
Dealing with these symptoms on your own can be incredibly taxing. But, with the help of a psychiatrist from Thriveworks Counseling in Fremont, CA, you can understand what you’re going through and find a path forward.
Psychiatric Treatment: What To Expect
Every psychiatrist has a medical degree, meaning they specialize in diagnosing, treating, and preventing mental health disorders and behavioral problems. To gain this expertise, they’ve completed years of training in medical school and psychiatry residencies.
When you first visit a psychiatrist, they’ll ask about your symptoms and health history to provide you with an accurate diagnosis. To do this, they may run laboratory and psychological tests. They’ll also consider environmental factors, genetic predispositions, and other biological factors that could contribute to a mental illness.
Once you have a diagnosis, a psychiatrist will develop a treatment plan. Treatment often involves a combination of psychotherapy (also known as talk therapy) and medication. As medical doctors, psychiatrists are the only mental health professionals, barring some psychologists, that can prescribe medications. This can include medications such as antidepressants, antipsychotics, stimulants, sedatives, and mood stabilizers.
Once you’ve been prescribed medication, your psychiatrist will also help you with medication management. They’ll take actions such as:
- Monitoring how your symptoms change over time
- Noting any mental or physical side effects
- Altering the dosage or type of medication
- Answering any specific questions or concerns you have with
- Developing an exit plan for your medication, should you need it
With Thriveworks in Fremont, CA, you’ll work with a psychiatrist online. When you connect with a psychiatrist, they’ll be able to provide you with comprehensive and compassionate care.
Schedule an Appointment With a Psychiatrist at Thriveworks in Fremont, CA
If you’re ready to identify your mental health struggles and work through them, then a psychiatrist from Thriveworks Counseling in Fremont, CA, can help.
You can schedule an appointment through our online scheduling tool or by calling our office. We have appointments available in the mornings, afternoons, evenings, and on the weekends, so you can find an appointment time that works for you. If you call today, we can get you in your first session in as little as 24-48 hours.
If you enroll with Thriveworks, you’ll also enjoy features such as:
- Email and phone access to your provider between sessions
- Affordable rates (including payment through most major insurance plans)
- A counselor-moderated online forum
- Our Therapy Buddy mobile app
Call our office today at Thriveworks Counseling in Fremont, CA, if you want to work with one of our licensed psychiatrists. We can’t wait to help you live your best life.