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15,079 people sought psychiatry/medication help in Connecticut in the last year

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Our psychiatric NPs in Cheshire are booked, but we have 19 other psychiatric NPs in CT available for an online or in-person session.

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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 Cheshire, CT 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 Cheshire 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?

Carson has struggled with depression since his teens. He had been able to manage his symptoms by going to therapy regularly, but recently, his symptoms have gotten worse. Carson can barely make it out of bed to go to work each morning, and he has found himself losing interest in playing soccer. He’s also started to withdraw from his friends and family. 

Carson’s father suggests that he may need more than just therapy and urges him to talk with his therapist about starting a medication. Carson’s therapist agrees and refers him to a psychiatrist to get the care he needs. His psychiatrist prescribes him an antidepressant in addition to further psychotherapy, and he starts to get back on a better path.

If you have ever felt similar to Carson or have experienced other significant mental illness symptoms, you may benefit from working with a psychiatrist. A psychiatrist can make a diagnosis after assessing your symptoms and also offer treatment. Treatment might involve:

  • Therapy
  • Medication
  • Or both!

If you are thinking about seeking out a psychiatrist, consider scheduling an appointment with an online psychiatrist at Thriveworks. Our psychiatrists are known for the quality of care that they offer their clients.

You can schedule your appointment at our Thriveworks office in Cheshire, CT online or over the phone. You can have a video or phone session with one of our online psychiatrists in as little as 24 hours. 

Psychiatric Treatment: What Does It Look Like?

Psychiatric treatment can vary from person to person, depending on their mental illness and specific presentation of symptoms. A psychiatrist is qualified to make a treatment recommendation and then even carry out that treatment themselves.

As we mentioned earlier, both therapy and medication prove to help people with a range of disorders. Sometimes, a combination of the two is the most effective approach. What do psychiatrists consider when they recommend this or that treatment?

  • Psychiatric medication is used to alleviate one’s symptoms. So, if the individual is suffering significantly from his or her symptoms, such as fatigue, low energy, and lack of concentration, they might benefit from medication.
  • Psychotherapy is another effective treatment method that can narrow in on one’s causes and triggers. For example, it can help one understand and address the cause of their depression or anxiety.
  • A combination of psychiatric medication and psychotherapy can help one address the cause(s) of their illness and alleviate their symptoms. Additionally, medication often improves the effectiveness of psychotherapy.

Your psychiatrist will work to understand your symptoms and then make their treatment recommendation from there. In any case, you can then receive this treatment at Thriveworks Counseling. Our psychiatrists can prescribe medication and help you manage it. They can also lead psychotherapy or set you up with a therapist.

How Does Medication Management Work?

Medication management refers to the process of understanding one’s mental health condition and the medication that they take to manage it. It is crucial that people understand exactly how to take their medication, including:

  • Dosage
  • Frequency
  • With or without food

It is also incredibly important that one understands what negative side effects they might experience as a result of their medication. Common negative side effects include low libido, dizziness, nausea, weight gain, and constipation. 

Your psychiatrist wants to hear about how your medication is making you feel. If you are suffering as a result of the negative side effects or want to try out a different medication because of these side effects, let them know. They’ll be happy to help you find another option that works better for you.

Schedule an Appointment at Thriveworks Counseling in Cheshire, CT

If you are exhibiting symptoms of a mental health condition like…

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • An eating disorder
  • Substance abuse problems
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Or another harmful condition

…Thriveworks Counseling in Cheshire wants to hear about it. We have psychiatrists and other mental health professionals on our team who can help. They can provide personalized treatment that proves to help you live better. Schedule your session now by giving us a call.

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 Cheshire therapists and counselors accept 22 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Connecticut | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Connecticut Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO/EPO/HDHP

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Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Cheshire is near Imperial Pools and Nationwide Air Solutions. Our office is off of W Johnson Avenue.

Phone number

(203) 349-6317

Languages spoken by CT providers

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