The best psychiatrists know that initial appointments may be routine for them, but potentially intimidating for individuals seeing a psychiatrist for the first time. It can require a lot of courage for someone suffering from a mental health condition to book that first therapy session, and people should be applauded for taking that plunge. At the same time that great psychiatrists should validate their clients’ brave efforts to get well, they also need to challenge them to set goals and expectations for themselves, and work hard to make treatments successful.
At Thriveworks in Riverside, CA, our psychiatrists offer the encouragement, compassion, and expert support that clients need to recover from, prevent, or manage their mental health conditions. Thriveworks psychiatrists meet with their clients online to diagnose and treat a variety of psychological and behavioral issues like depression, anxiety, eating disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and more. Our psychiatrists bring both realism and hope to the treatment process, which is why they’re rated at the top of their field.
Is Psychotropic Medication Necessary to Treat Mental Health Conditions?
Prescription medications like antidepressants and mood stabilizers are not always necessary to treat mental health and behavioral conditions. A psychiatrist at Thriveworks in Riverside, CA might prescribe a psychotropic drug if they suspect you have an underlying neurochemical imbalance that needs to be addressed. But psychiatrists at Thriveworks also have many additional tools on hand besides their prescription pad. After they give you a full, comprehensive health assessment, they may decide that the best course of treatment is psychotherapy, or a specialized talk therapy called cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).
Psychiatrists can also refer you to other mental health providers at Thriveworks in Riverside, CA if you need supplemental counseling. For example, sometimes individuals with mental health conditions try to self-medicate with excessive alcohol or drugs like marijuana. In these cases, a psychiatrist might refer a client to a licensed substance abuse counselor at Thriveworks. Or perhaps someone’s mental health disorder is causing problems at home. In that case, a psychiatrist might refer a client to a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) at Thriveworks in Riverside, CA.
And of course, sometimes a mental health condition like anxiety or depression could be caused by an underlying hormonal balance, or even the introduction of a new medication prescribed by a person’s family physician. A psychiatrist at Thriveworks in Riverside, CA will want to rule out physical causes before beginning psychiatric treatment.
What Are the Signs and Symptoms That May Indicate I Should See a Psychiatrist?
Symptoms of mental and behavioral disorders can vary widely from person to person, but there are a few common signs that you can look out for. If any of the following symptoms begin causing dysfunction in your life, it may be time to reach out to a psychiatrist at Thriveworks in Riverside, CA.
- Sleeping too much or too little (insomnia)
- Persistent, uncontrollable fears or worries
- Obsessions (mental fixations) or compulsions (repetitive behaviors)
- Focus or attention issues
- Mental and physical slowness
- Eating disorders
- Sex issues
- Social anxiety
- Panic attacks
- Feelings of sadness or despair that last longer than two weeks
Can I Afford to See a Psychiatrist Regularly?
Chances are, your chosen psychiatrist at Thriveworks in Riverside, CA will be covered by your medical insurance. Because all our mental health providers are fully licensed, their sessions are typically covered by health insurance. If you’re not sure what your insurance covers, we can take your information over the phone and help you figure it out.
It’s also useful to consider the high cost of not getting the necessary treatment for a mental health or behavioral disorder. Some symptoms can severely interfere with work, school, and one’s personal life. A psychiatrist at Thriveworks in Riverside, CA can help you take the necessary steps to prevent costly disruptions to your daily routine.
Find an Affordable Psychiatrist at Thriveworks in Riverside, CA
The licensed psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Riverside, CA are highly trained and available to meet with new clients as early as 24-48 hours after your initial call. You can phone our office during our extended business hours and reach a human being, not a voicemail. Our helpful staff will try to answer all your questions about scheduling and health insurance coverage. And you can also learn about all the additional benefits of enrolling at Thriveworks in Riverside, CA. For example, you get email and phone access to your psychiatrist between sessions. And you get unlimited advice and answers to your questions from our Ask-a-Coach 24hr Q&A service. We also make scheduling easy with our Therapy Buddy app, and we offer free educational resources like e-books and videos.
Contact our office today or book your appointment online and start seeing the exceptional psychiatrist who can give you the mental health support you deserve.