When you’re feeling like you can’t control your emotions, it can be easy to place the blame on yourself. You might wonder why you’re stuck in a constant loop of negative thinking, or why you can’t help but worry about everything all the time. You might feel responsible for your suffering work performance, your strained relationships, or your lack of happiness.
When you’re facing a difficult life transition or dealing with challenges like these, it’s easy to feel isolated and judgmental of yourself. But mental health issues are not a sign of weakness or a reflection of your character. What you’re experiencing is not your fault and you can take control of your mental health again.
When you’re struggling with your mental health, there is no shame in reaching out to a professional who has the expertise in understanding and addressing mental and emotional concerns. A psychiatrist can help diagnose what you’re going through and give the comprehensive care you need to get your life back on track. At Thriveworks in Iowa City, IA, our board-certified psychiatrists are here to help you do exactly that.
How Is a Psychiatrist Different From a Psychologist?
Psychiatrists and psychologists are both mental health professionals who can diagnose and treat mental disorders and other mental health issues. However, the differences in their backgrounds and training mean that their methods for treatment differ slightly.
While psychologists do earn advanced degrees, licensed psychiatrists attend medical school and complete a psychiatry residency in order to practice. Their medical degree allows them to treat both the physical and mental manifestations of mental illness. They can also prescribe medications, which most psychologists cannot do.
This means that if your treatment plan would benefit from prescription medication, a psychiatrist will be able to prescribe that to you directly, manage your dose, and monitor its effect on your symptoms.
A psychiatrist’s medical background helps them rule out other potential causes of a client’s symptoms when diagnosing mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. As part of that process, psychiatrists are equipped to conduct psychological tests, perform physical evaluations, and request lab tests. In these evaluations, they’ll take into account the biological, social, and environmental factors that can contribute to a mental disorder. Some psychiatrists will even pursue extra training to specialize in certain fields, such as pain medicine, geriatric psychiatry, or adolescent psychiatry.
Similar to psychologists, psychiatrists work in a variety of settings, from hospitals to outpatient centers to counseling centers like Thriveworks in Iowa City, IA. These two types of mental health professionals can also work together to treat the same client, with psychologists primarily handling talk therapy and psychiatrists managing their medication.
How Can a Psychiatrist Help Me?
Psychiatrists can help clients facing severe mental health issues, though they can also help those facing more moderate or mild manifestations of mental or emotional disorders.
Common reasons people reach out to psychiatrists include:
- High levels of stress or anxiety
- Obsessive thinking
- Strong emotional outbursts
- Delusions or hallucinations
- Depressive or hopeless thoughts
- Addictive behaviors
- Eating disorders
- Body image issues
- Sleep problems
- Trouble concentrating and remembering things
- Continued management of previously diagnosed issues
- Starting or changing a psychiatric medication
Once they get to know you and your concerns, a psychiatrist can develop a treatment plan that best suits your needs. This may include one or more forms of therapy, medication, or a mix of different treatment options. Depending on the specific issue you’re facing, you might be prescribed an antidepressant, antipsychotic, mood stabilizer, stimulant, sedative, or something else entirely.
If medication is right for you, your psychiatrist will be able to help with the following:
- Providing instructions on how to take the medication safely
- Explaining any restrictions, side effects, or guidelines of your medication
- Monitoring how the medication affects you
- Altering the dosage or type of medication, if necessary
- Managing any potential side effects
- Helping you wean off the medication, if necessary
The psychiatrists at Thriveworks Counseling in Iowa City, IA are here to address any concerns or answer any questions you have along the way so that you always feel safe during your treatment. Give us a call today to get started with a compassionate and experienced Thriveworks professional.
Consult a Psychiatrist at Thriveworks in Iowa City, IA
If you know you’re struggling with your mental health, a psychiatrist can help you pinpoint what’s wrong and provide you with the treatment you need.
With just a call or a few clicks, our scheduling experts can get you in a session with one of our board-certified psychiatrists in as little as 24 to 48 hours. Plus, we offer remote counseling opportunities for your convenience by both phone or video call, even in the evenings and on weekends.
Our availability doesn’t come at a premium price either. We’re proud to offer affordable rates and accept many different insurance plans. Additionally, when you sign up with Thriveworks you’ll gain access to exclusive features such as:
- Online video content
- A text support line
- A 24-hour “ask-a-coach” Q&A
- A counselor-moderated online forum
When you’re ready, let us help you thrive. Schedule your first appointment with us at Thriveworks in Iowa City, IA today.