Waipahu Psychiatry—Psychiatrists in Hawaii
What brings you joy? My list looks like this: Time with friends and family. Favorite hobbies, like playing soccer and writing. And self-care activities like taking a bubble bath and spending time outside.
Now, what makes you feel sad? Here’s my list: Fights with my loved ones. Bad news about the state of our world. Stressful or overwhelming days at work.
When we’re feeling sad or experiencing other difficult emotions, it can help to remember and engage in the things that bring us joy. However, often, this isn’t quite enough. Sometimes, we need to take additional action during emotionally distressing times.
Sometimes, we need to talk to a psychiatrist. Psychiatrists are doctors, only they specialize in the realm of mental health. They can diagnose and treat mental illnesses. They can also help people understand and manage difficult emotions before they worsen and turn into a mental illness.
What do you think? Might you benefit from talking to a psychiatrist? Thriveworks Counseling in Waipahu, HI can set you up with a psychiatrist immediately. All you have to do is call our office at (808) 207-4106. We can get you scheduled with a telehealth session, which will involve talking to your psychiatrist on the phone or over video chat. Both are great options—take your pick.
How Do Psychiatrists Diagnose and Treat Mental Health Conditions?
Psychiatrists spend many years obtaining their medical degrees and completing training as well as residency in order to be qualified and equipped to offer mental health services. During their time in school, training, and residency, they learn about 200+ mental conditions, including depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and substance abuse.
These medical doctors then use all of their skills and knowledge to help their own patients. Some specialize in a specific area of psychiatry, such as child and adolescent psychiatry or public health and communication psychiatry, which qualifies them to best help certain groups of people.
Assessment by Self-Report and Psychological Testing
Psychiatrists are able to offer different psychological tests, which help them to detect and diagnose different mental health conditions. These tests are used to measure, observe, and understand one’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
Often, self-report is an important part of assessment and diagnosis. For example, a client who presents symptoms of depression will be asked to detail his symptoms to his psychiatrist. The psychiatrist will then compare these symptoms with the criteria set forth by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).
Treatment: Psychotherapy and Medication
After a psychiatrist diagnoses the client, they can then move forward with treatment. They’ll consider all of the individual’s symptoms and unique needs to create the best plan for treatment. Often, though, this will involve some form of psychotherapy and/or medication.
Psychotherapy, also called talk therapy, refers to the beneficial process that is talking to a mental health professional about what one is feeling and experiencing. The main goal is to help one harness control over their symptoms and better manage or resolve the problem at hand.
Medication, on the other hand, helps to lessen the severity of one’s symptoms. This is often used in combination with therapy, as it helps one focus on their time with their therapist. Psychotropic medications include:
- Anti-anxiety medication
- Mood stabilizers
- Antipsychotic medications
If you are prescribed medication, your psychiatrist will provide you with medication management, which is used to ensure that you take your medication properly (e.g., the right dosage and at the right time).
Schedule a Psychiatry Appointment at Thriveworks in Waipahu, HI
Our hope is that if you are struggling mentally or emotionally, you will consider talking to a psychiatrist. Remember, these are medical professionals. They will not judge you for anything you say or do or any symptom that you might have. They’ve seen it all, and they are on a mission to help.
If you’d like to schedule an appointment with a Thriveworks psychiatrist in Waipahu, HI, call our office at (808) 207-4106. We can help you right away and get you scheduled for your first telehealth session.