Exceptional psychiatrists know that a great therapeutic alliance between a doctor and their client is important for successful treatment. For example, an individual who doesn’t think that a psychiatrist is taking their side effects seriously when they’re starting a new medication might stop taking the drug abruptly instead of tapering off under their doctor’s supervision. On the flip side, a person who feels valued and supported by their psychiatrist might feel more willing to continue working on therapeutic techniques at home, between sessions.
The licensed psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Davenport, IA are extensively trained in the origins, effects, and treatment of mental health and behavioral disorders. But they’re also in their specialized field because they want to make a real, positive difference in peoples’ day-to-day lives. They know that it helps to connect personally with their clients in order to inspire hope and change. That connection requires listening to feedback, adapting strategies to individuals, taking cues from the client instead of just from a psychiatric manual, and doing everything in their power to foster healing.
What Can I Expect During My Visits to a Psychiatrist?
A person’s initial visit to any medical doctor, let alone a psychiatrist, can provoke anxiety. There’s even a name for the stress-related spike in blood pressure caused by medical visits. It’s called “white coat syndrome.” But psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Davenport, IA don’t wear white coats even though they’re highly trained, experienced doctors with prestigious degrees (MDs). Still, it helps to know what to expect from your first appointment or appointments with a psychiatrist. Routine procedures may include:
- A discussion of your symptoms
- A discussion of your treatment goals
- A self-assessment
- Psychological and physical examinations
- A medical history, including a detailed description of your current medications and lifestyle
- Your family’s relevant medical history
- Mood charting
- A psychosocial evaluation
- Education about mental health conditions and their possible treatment options
- Deciding together on a treatment plan together
What Kinds of Treatments Do Psychiatrists Use to Treat Mental Health Conditions?
Psychiatrists have a number of effective therapies at their disposal when they’re treating mental health and behavioral disorders. Many people have the mistaken impression that psychiatrists just write prescriptions for medications like antidepressants, but they can actually do a lot more than that. Psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Davenport, IA can meet with their clients online to discuss various treatment options, such as:
- Evidence-based techniques like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
- Substance abuse treatment as needed
- In-patient treatment (hospitalization) in acute cases, and/or when someone poses a risk of harming themselves or others
- Holistic approaches like meditation and yoga
- Lifestyle changes (improvements in dietary and exercise patterns to improve physical/mental health)
- Medication management
Are Psychiatrists Primary Care Doctors?
The label of primary care doctor is usually reserved for specialties like general internal medicine, pediatrics, family medicine, and obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN). It’s not uncommon for people to present symptoms of their mental health condition to a family physician first, then be referred to a psychiatrist. This is because many psychiatric disorders, like anxiety, can manifest in physical symptoms such as digestive problems, hypertension, and shortness of breath.
Psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Davenport, IA have extensive knowledge about the diagnosis, treatment of, and prevention of mental health and behavioral disorders. Their specialized knowledge of mental states and of the underlying physiological basis for our thoughts and behaviors transcends that of primary care doctors. When your car breaks down, you take it to a car mechanic. When you’re suffering from depression, anxiety, mania, hyperactivity, or something else, you go to a psychiatrist at Thriveworks in Davenport, IA.
Make an Affordable, Online Appointment with a Psychiatrist at Thriveworks in Davenport, IA
Psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Davenport, IA can meet you online at your convenience. These telehealth sessions take place using secure, HIPAA-compliant, videoconferencing technology so clients can rest assured that their privacy is protected. Online sessions are an ideal option for busy professionals who can’t or don’t want to take hours off work in order to travel to a psychiatrist’s office, especially for follow-up sessions that may only last 15 minutes. They can also elect to see psychiatrists when the Thriveworks office is closed, sometimes on evenings or weekends. Plus online appointments mean that you can still see your psychiatrist and manage your medication if you’re traveling.
The Thriveworks booking system makes it easy for clients to schedule their sessions online or over the phone with a psychiatrist in Davenport, IA. Our skilled staff can usually find you an appointment within 24-48 hours of your initial call. We also pride ourselves on not wasting our clients’ time–over 97% of Thriveworks appointments begin on time or early.
Call today to find out what makes Thriveworks psychiatrists and Thriveworks membership benefits so special. We can’t wait to match you to an exceptional psychiatrist!