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.
The compassionate and experienced psychiatric professionals at Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Dacula are ready to help you get to the root of your issues through positive mental health interventions and establish an effective treatment plan that works toward your mental health and goals.
What Is Psychiatry?
Psychiatry is a branch of medicine that deals with the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental health conditions and other behaviors that impact our lives. Psychiatric providers are medically trained professionals who specialize in mental health, allowing them to prescribe and manage medications for their clients.
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. However, just because these variations may occur naturally doesn’t mean that certain symptoms can’t be disabling. Whether the behaviors and conditions are taught or occur genetically, psychiatric providers help people notice mental patterns that are not helpful to them and make adjustments, as well as make their symptoms more manageable through medication.
What Types of Mental Health Conditions Does Psychiatry Treat?
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 psychiatric nurse practitioners at Thriveworks in Dacula, GA include the following:
How Can Thriveworks Psychiatry Help You?
The expert psychiatric nurse practitioners at Thriveworks provide personalized care to treat your unique concerns. They recognize that you are the expert in “you,” and will collaborate with you to create a treatment plan that works for you and find effective ways to help you manage your symptoms.
In order to effectively treat mental health conditions and manage client symptoms, psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Dacula, GA will 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. Unless they are a “medical psychologist” or “prescribing psychologist” located in New Mexico, Louisiana, Illinois, Iowa, or Idaho, psychologists are not permitted to prescribe medication.
Psychiatrists are medical doctors (MDs) who attended medical school. Clinical psychologists and counseling psychologists usually have doctorate degrees (PhDs or PsyDs) in psychology. Aside from psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners (PHMNPs), you might also encounter these additional mental health providers at Thriveworks in Dacula, GA:
- 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, psychiatric professionals 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, psychiatric providers 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 self-pay rates for those out-of-networks.
Psychiatrists in Dacula, GA: Thriveworks Telehealth and Psychiatry Dacula
The psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Dacula, GA are all top-rated, experienced, and compassionate providers who want to help their clients live their best lives. Thriveworks clients also get to experience other benefits, like:
- Easy scheduling using our online booking tool — or you can call in to talk to our friendly scheduling specialists
- Evidence-based therapy and psychiatry from expert mental health professionals
- Affordability: Thriveworks providers take most major forms of insurance
- In-person or online counseling options, for added convenience in your mental health care
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. Book a session today. We look forward to hearing from you!