The author David Mitchell once wrote, “You are allowed to feel messed up and inside out. It doesn’t mean you’re defective–it just means you’re human.” To be human means that you experience a wide repertoire of emotions: sadness, despair, joy, confusion, anxiety, anger, etc. If we’re lucky, we learn how to regulate our normal range of feelings. If we’re lucky, the negative feelings don’t stick with us for longer than they have to in order to be healthy and adaptive. But sometimes we’re unlucky. Through no fault of our own, we inherit or develop certain mental health conditions that can interfere with daily functioning and happiness. That’s when a psychiatrist can step in to help.
Psychiatry is a branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental health conditions and behaviors that impact our lives. In thinking about psychiatry, the word “disorder” is often unhelpful because it implies that someone is defective. Many mental health conditions are influenced by how our genes interact with our environment and they’re part of natural variations in the human brain. That doesn’t mean, however, that certain symptoms can’t be disabling. Psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Dacula, GA aim to help clients achieve their goals and live the best lives they can through positive mental health interventions.
What Are the Different Types of Mental Health Conditions?
Mental health conditions are typically defined by their symptoms. That is, there aren’t any particular biomarkers for conditions, only phenotypic ones (i.e., based on observable characteristics). Psychiatry names certain conditions with consistent traits because specific diagnoses can help guide effective treatment. These conditions are listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Some of the mental health issues treated by the licensed psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Dacula, GA include the following:
- Depression and mood disorders
- Panic disorder (panic attacks)
- Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Bipolar disorder (manic depression)
- Post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD)
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Personality disorders
- Specific phobias
- Eating disorders
- Sleep disorders
How Do Psychiatrists Treat Mental Health Conditions?
In order to effectively treat mental health conditions and manage client symptoms, psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Dacula, GA start with a comprehensive assessment. This might include the following:
- Discussion of goals for treatment
- Discussion of cognitive and behavioral symptoms
- Psychoeducation on mental health issues
- Discussion of lifestyle habits
- A psychosocial evaluation
- A full medical history
- A family medical history
- Psychological tests
After this initial evaluation, psychiatrists and their clients can develop a treatment plan. Treatment may include:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Prescription medication
- Behavioral therapy
- Exposure therapy
- Psychodynamic therapy
- Lifestyle modifications
- Psychosocial interventions
- Mindfulness and meditation
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR)
How Are Psychiatrists and Psychologists Different?
Psychiatrists and psychologists differ in multiple ways, but the key difference in a clinical treatment setting is that psychiatrists can prescribe medication and psychologists can’t. Psychiatrists are medical doctors (MDs) who attended medical school. Clinical psychologists and counseling psychologists usually have doctorate degrees (PhDs or PsyDs) in psychology. At Thriveworks in Dacula, GA, you might also encounter these additional mental health providers:
- Licensed professional counselors (LPCs), who provide solution-focused counseling and psychotherapy.
- Psychotherapists, who are any providers who do psychotherapy (talk therapy).
- Licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs), who provide counseling and guidance for social services.
- Licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs), who provide relationship counseling.
Because all providers are on the same staff, psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Dacula, GA also have the option of working with their colleagues to best serve their clients.
Does Insurance Cover Psychiatry?
Psychiatry is a branch of medicine that is typically covered by health insurance coverage. At Thriveworks, psychiatrists who practice online through HIPAA-compliant, secure telehealth sessions accept most major forms of health insurance. If you don’t know if your insurance plan covers psychiatry, Thriveworks can help you figure it out. Thriveworks in Dacula, GA also offers reasonable self-pay rates.
Speak to an Exceptional Psychiatrist at Thriveworks in Dacula, GA
The psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Dacula, GA are all fully licensed, top-rated, experienced, and compassionate providers who want to help their clients live their best lives. Their premium services are usually available quickly. Most clients can meet with their psychiatrist for the first time within 24-48 hours of their initial booking. You can book your appointment online or by calling the office directly.
Exceptional psychiatrists like those at Thriveworks don’t try to change who you are. They want to help relieve your suffering and realize your dreams. This means they work closely with clients to address the issues that are meaningful to them. Whether you’re experiencing postpartum depression, social anxiety, agoraphobia, or something else, a Thriveworks psychiatrist can talk to you about your concerns and get you on the right path to recovery.
Don’t wait to get the help you need to feel better. We look forward to hearing from you!