Esmeralda, who is 35 years old, is struggling with many uncomfortable feelings right now. She just finished the paperwork finalizing the divorce from her husband. They had been married for 10 years, but they just couldn’t work out their differences. Although Esmeralda is ready to move on from this part of her life, she still carries the emotional toll of it all.
She goes about her day and tends to her business, but she finds that she’s persistently sad, and she describes her mood as “empty” when her friends ask her how she’s doing with the divorce proceedings. On top of that, she finds she just doesn’t have the energy she once had, and she isn’t eating three meals a day like she’s used to doing.
Esmeralda is suffering from symptoms of depression, a common but often debilitating mental health disorder that, according to the National Network of Depression Centers, is the leading cause of disability in the U.S. among people ages 15-44.
If you are experiencing the same symptoms as Esmeralda, you may want to consider scheduling an appointment with an online psychiatrist at Thriveworks. It’s easy and convenient to schedule an appointment at the Thriveworks office in Marietta, GA, and visit with a psychiatrist virtually within 24-48 hours.
What Is A Psychiatrist?
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor and is a specially trained medical health professional who is an expert in mental disorders. They can also prescribe medications to address various psychological problems.
Since psychiatry is a branch of medicine, psychiatrists receive their formal training in medical school. They also must take a written exam to receive their state license and complete residency training in psychiatry.
After psychiatrists complete their residency, they become board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and must re-certify every 10 years.
Some psychiatrists decide to gain further training after their initial four years and become specialized. For example, they may specialize in sleep medicine, child and adolescent psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry.
Psychiatrists work in various locations, such as psychiatric hospitals, medical centers, private practices, community agencies, universities, and emergency rooms.
When Should I See a Psychiatrist?
Psychiatrists treat many mental health issues and emotional disorders. In the case above, Esmeralda was suffering from depression. Depression is only one of many mental disorders.
Let’s examine a couple of other mental disorders and potential treatment options:
- Anxiety disorder: occasional anxiety is part of everyday life, and most people experience anxiety symptoms from time to time. But anxiety disorders go beyond temporary worry and fear, and many people find they’re worried every day, either worrying about past actions or behaviors or nervous about the future. A psychiatrist may use cognitive behavior therapy as a form of treatment and may also recommend medication. Your psychiatrist will run a patient physical and assess your medical history before prescribing medication treament.
- Bipolar disorder: someone with bipolar disorder can experience episodes of extremely low moods that meet the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders criteria for major depression. However, someone affected by bipolar disorder also experiences extreme high moods called “mania” or a less severe form called “hypomania.”
In addition to a physical and a medical history review, your psychiatrist may also administer psychological tests before providing a treatment plan. A psychiatrist has special training in the connection between our behaviors and emotions and the corresponding activity in the brain.
Scheduling An Appointment with a Psychiatrist at Thriveworks in Marietta, GA
If you’re ready to talk to a psychiatrist about your symptoms, or if you think medication could help, then consider scheduling an appointment at Thriveworks in Marietta, GA. We have psychiatrists who are here for you and will be happy to meet with you, discuss your symptoms, and work on a treatment plan that works for you.
Here’s a great service you can receive at Thriveworks: our psychiatrists can conduct most of your appointments online! While you may have to come into the office periodically for a check-up, your psychiatrist will be happy to help you over video chat or phone.
Thriveworks in Marietta, GA, also has many benefits to offer you, including convenient scheduling by phone or online and same- or next-day appointments. We can also accept many types of insurance.
Our scheduling specialists are standing by to get you thriving once again.