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2,209 people sought psychiatry/medication help at Athens in the last year

Discover how starting psychiatry/medication therapy can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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Our psychiatric NPs in Athens are booked, but we have 57 other psychiatric NPs in GA available for an online or in-person session.

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 Athens, GA 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 Athens 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?

1 in 5 adults in America has a mental illness. 1 in 25 adults in America has a severe mental illness. So, what does that mean? Over 43 million adults experience mental illness each year in the United States. That’s a lot of people. The worst part is, most people don’t receive the mental health care they need until a year after their symptoms arise. 

With mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety leading the way, it’s important to understand and recognize when you might need some additional help. Counseling is one of the greatest treatment options for mental illnesses, but sometimes it can also be very beneficial to work with a psychiatrist or nurse practitioner. Your mind is just as important to treat as any other part of your body.

It’s essential to get the help you need when you’re dealing with a mental illness or other difficult challenges. It’s not always easy to admit when something is off, but choosing to work with a mental health professional is a smart decision. Here at Thriveworks Counseling in Athens, GA our psychiatrists are experts at diagnosing and treating a wide range of mental health concerns.

If you’re struggling with a specific mood disorder or just need a little extra push in the right direction, a Thriveworks psychiatrist can be the answer you’ve been searching for. Here at our office in Athens, we are dedicated to providing you with holistic, client-focused care. To get started, just give our office a call. 

When Should You Talk to a Psychiatrist?

Consider: Your brother has been acting differently recently. He went through a pretty tough breakup and now you both barely speak. You try checking in on him but he always shuts you out. After talking to your parents about how he’s been acting, you tell him about how talking to a psychiatrist might benefit him. 

After talking, your brother agrees to scheduling a session. Fast forward a few weeks and your brother is starting to act more like himself. His psychiatrist is working with him to control his depression and get back on his feet. 

There are many signs and symptoms to be on the lookout for if you think you or a loved one should talk to a mental health professional. For example:

  • Low self-esteem, concerns about your body image, and eating disorders such as anorexia and bulimia
  • Mental illness symptoms such as stress, anxiety, depressive thoughts, memory problems, hallucinations, or difficulty regulating emotions
  • Insomnia, hypersomnia, or other sleep problems
  • Difficulty coping with significant life changes and stress
  • Violence or aggressive behaviors (towards yourself or others)
  • A change in your psychiatric medication
  • Addictive behaviors such as gambling, consuming alcohol, or substance abuse
  • You are a victim of abuse (psychological, sexual, or physical)
  • Life feels overwhelming, and you’re hopeless

All of these could be signs of mental health disorders such as mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, or personality disorders. When you work with your Thriveworks psychiatrist, they will ensure you receive an accurate diagnosis and holistic treatment plan.

Psychiatric Treatment at Thriveworks in Athens

Here at Thriveworks Counseling in Athens, we understand the importance of having a strong relationship with your mental health provider. That’s why our team of professionals is dedicated to providing comprehensive care to every single one of their clients.

To achieve this goal, your unique needs, goals, and challenges will be taken into consideration for your treatment plan. Your psychiatrist may utilize psychological tests, medication management, brain stimulation, and psychotherapy.

In the event that your psychiatrist feels you could best benefit from taking a psychiatric medication, they will ensure that you’re fully aware of all potential side effects and how to take your prescription correctly. Make sure to disclose any allergies you may have, your past medical history, and any question you have prior to starting a new medication.

At our office, we can conduct the majority of psychiatry appointments online. You can choose between two convenient and comfortable options: telephone sessions and video sessions. When you schedule your appointment, be sure to let our scheduling specialists know which route you’d like to take.

Work With a Psychiatrist at Counseling in Athens, GA

When you choose to seek mental health care, we understand that it’s not always easy. Just know that our team members are here and will never judge you for what you’re going through. You and your needs are safe in our hands. 

At Thriveworks Counseling in Athens, we strive for excellence. That’s why we take pride in offering you evening and weekend appointments, exceptional customer service, same- and next-day appointments, exclusive access to video content, and more. 

To get started, visit our online booking system or give us a call. We’re here and ready to get started as soon as you are.

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 Athens therapists and counselors accept 21 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • 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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Self-pay costs at Athens
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Jill is very understanding, listens very well and offers reasonable and easy to do exercises and things to try. I feel very comfortable with her.
Read more Jill is very understanding, listens very well and offers reasonable and easy to do exercises and things to try. I feel very comfortable with her.
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Therapist is very good, attentive, and ask the questions to get me thinking clearly. Am very pleased.
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Athens is located at the intersection of North Chase St and Prince Ave. We share an L-shaped building with several other businesses including Ankle & Foot Centers of America. If you kept traveling west on North Chase, you’d pass Piedmont Athens Regional Hospital on your left.

Phone number

(706) 898-3276

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