When something frightens us, our brain has one of three responses: flight, fight, or freeze. When we’re in flight mode, we run from our fears. When we’re in fight mode, we defend our position and go up against what scares us. When we freeze, we stay in place, unwilling to flee or fight.
Our responses to our fears vary based on what the specific fear is. While we might run if we suddenly encountered a swarm of bees, we might freeze if we suddenly saw an old crush. But what if the fearful thing we encounter is in our mind? What if the challenge we’re facing is depression, anxiety, or low self-esteem?
Our instincts in these circumstances might still be to flee, pushing away our thoughts to deal with them another day. But this only puts off the problem for later. And unlike a swarm of bees, our stressful thoughts can appear and unsettle us at any time and in any place.
When faced with an emotional or mental issue, the best option is typically to face it head-on. But confronting our fears can often seem as scary as the fears themselves.
That’s where psychiatrists can help. Armed with medical degrees and years of training, psychiatrists are equipped to help you fight your fears in a safe, productive manner. They can provide support, offer guidance, and suggest techniques you can use both inside and outside of your appointments.
Fighting your fears does not have to be a lonely battle. When you team up with an online psychiatrist at Thriveworks in West Des Moines, IA, you’re equipping yourself with a reliable ally. Schedule an appointment with a licensed professional when you’re ready to prioritize your mental health.
Who Seeks Psychiatric Services?
Everyone needs good mental health. There’s a mistaken narrative that psychiatric services are only for those with severe mental illnesses and emotional disorders. Truthfully, psychiatric care is for anyone and everyone who wants to improve their mental and emotional health.
Our providers offer professional care to clients seeking a variety of services. Some of the reasons our clients choose to seek psychiatric care include:
- Mood disorders such as major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder
- Personality disorders such as antisocial personality disorder and schizoid personality disorder
- Anxiety disorders such as panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Substance abuse of alcohol, drugs, or other stimulants
- Life changes such as job loss, pregnancy, or divorce
Our online providers have experience treating these and other concerns. Even if you don’t see your specific challenge listed above, you can rest assured that a Thriveworks psychiatrist can help you chart a healthier path forward. Please call us in West Des Moines, IA to schedule an online appointment.
What Will My Treatment Involve?
Although they specialize in mental disorders, psychiatrists have medical school degrees which allow them to prescribe medications and treat physical symptoms and illnesses. This means they can provide comprehensive care for your physical, mental, and emotional health.
There are three steps to most treatment plans: assessment, treatment, and prevention. Your provider will assess and diagnose your illness or disorder based on your medical history, symptoms, family history, environment, and a number of other factors.
After your assessment, your provider will create a treatment plan that focuses on your specific pain points. The plan may include medications such as antidepressants or mood stabilizers. It may also include therapy such as cognitive behavioral therapy, exposure therapy, and interpersonal therapy.
The final step in your treatment is prevention. Your provider will teach you how to cope with your disorder or illness so that you can anticipate and lessen future problems that may arise. Coping strategies may include exercise, meditation, and distress tolerance skills.
If you believe speaking to a professional can offer you relief, please call us at Thriveworks in West Des Moines, IA to schedule your first session and begin treatment.
Book a Psychiatry Session at Thriveworks in West Des Moines, IA
Seeking mental health services is one of the best gifts you can give yourself. Strong mental and emotional fortitude enables you to feel better, make smart decisions, and work through your problems productively.
To get started, join us at Thriveworks. We offer educational video content, a “Dear Abby” style life coaching service, and a moderated message board. Your remote psychiatrist can be contacted between sessions via phone or email, and we accept a number of different insurance plans.
Our new clients can often see someone in as little as 24 to 48 hours. Schedule an appointment with Thriveworks in West Des Moines, IA as soon as you’re ready.