Unless you inhabit a comic book or Marvel made a superhero movie based on your life, you’re probably not superhuman. We can all use a little extra help sometimes, especially when we’re facing psychological issues. Emotions can feel complex and overwhelming. Sometimes life seems to pick you up and spit you out. And there’s not always an objective answer to what ails you. But mental health experts at Thriveworks in Sunnyvale, CA can help you identify what’s not working in your life, and what modifications could reap the most rewards.
Psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Sunnyvale, CA are here to help diagnose and treat mental disorders of all stripes and severities. Psychiatrists are licensed doctors who have extensive knowledge of psychology and physiology and how the mind and body interact on a cellular level. At Thriveworks, psychiatrists can prescribe medications like antidepressants and mood stabilizers to help allay the worst symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other common mental disorders. Clients who seek treatment early often have better results, so don’t hesitate to connect with one of our licensed, top-rated, clinical psychiatrists today.
What Conditions Can a Psychiatrist Diagnose and Treat?
Our vast mental differences are partly what make the human species so interesting. But if your psychological issues are beginning to interfere with your daily life, it may be time to seek professional treatment. Quick and early interventions can help prevent further disruptions to your routine. A psychiatrist at Thriveworks in Sunnyvale, CA can diagnose and treat all kinds of major and minor mental disorders, including:
- Bipolar I disorder (manic depression)
- Bipolar II disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Clinical depression
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Personality disorders
- Eating disorders
- Substance abuse disorders
- Sex addiction
- Self-harming behaviors
- Hyperactivity and attention disorders
Some of these conditions may require drug interventions. Thriveworks psychiatrists can help manage drug side effects, dosage issues, and other medication concerns. They may even consult with your licensed counselor in order to supplement the psychotherapy you may already be receiving with medication. It’s not unusual to need frequent follow-ups after you begin a new medication so your psychiatrist can evaluate its effects and ensure nothing needs to be altered
Psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Sunnyvale, CA can even see most of their clients online as well as in-person. But if you’re under 18 or suffering acute symptoms, we recommend that you visit the office instead of making a virtual appointment.
How Do Psychiatrists Diagnose and Treat Psychological Conditions Like Bipolar Disorder?
If you are seeing a psychiatrist at Thriveworks for the first time because you have been experiencing symptoms of depression and mania or hypomania, your doctor may want to evaluate you for bipolar I or bipolar II disorder. That process may involve:
- A comprehensive discussion of your symptoms.
- Filling out a self-assessment.
- Psychological and physical tests.
- Physical exams.
- Talking through your medical history.
- Talking through your family’s relevant medical history.
- Your doctor consulting with any other doctors or counselors you may see.
- Mood charting.
- Psychosocial evaluations.
- Education on bipolar disorder.
- Education on different medications and their potential side effects.
- Deciding on a treatment plan together.
If your psychiatrist reaches the conclusion that you have manic depressive disorder or type II bipolar disorder, they may recommend one or a few of the following treatments for the chronic condition:
- Psychiatric medications like antidepressants, mood stabilizers, antipsychotics, or anti-anxiety drugs
- In-person or online psychotherapy
- Long-term treatment as opposed to quick fixes
- Substance abuse treatment if necessary
- In-patient treatment (hospitalization)
- Lifestyle changes (improvements in dietary and exercise patterns)
Every year, bipolar disorder affects about 2.8% of American adults. If left untreated, this chronic illness can cause serious impairment. But with the right mental health support team at Thriveworks in Sunnyvale, CA, you can learn how to control your symptoms with medication and other therapy options.
Get Exceptional Support from a Thriveworks Psychiatrist in Sunnyvale, CA Today
It’s not always easy to access a psychiatrist, but when you become a Thriveworks member, you can often be seen by a top-rated, licensed psychiatrist in as little as 24-48 hours. Our psychiatrists can see you online or in-person at your convenience. Online (telehealth) appointments are HIPAA-compliant and secured with the latest telehealth technology. You can also reach your Thriveworks psychiatrist via phone or email between appointments in Sunnyvale, CA.
Whether you’re seeing a psychiatrist for the first time or trying someone new, Thriveworks can match you to a supportive, experienced mental health provider who can help you successfully manage your psychological and behavioral issues. Call us today to learn more about our providers and Thriveworks membership benefits.