Most people would agree that mental and emotional health should be a priority. Even so, many with diagnosable mental, emotional and behavioral disorders do not seek treatment from a professional. This is especially concerning considering how many forms of treatment are available for a wide variety of disorders.
Some stigma surrounding mental illness still remains, regardless of how much progress we have made as a society. Many people believe they would benefit from visiting a mental health professional but feel nervous when it comes to taking the first step. This may be because deep down they feel a degree of shame or embarrassment.
At the same time, some individuals don’t believe their issues are severe enough to warrant a psychiatrist’s attention in the first place. However, if mental health concerns are interfering with your relationships and your happiness, it’s a good idea to address them. Mental and emotional disorders can cause uncomfortable symptoms and rob you of many of life’s small joys, leaving you feeling generally dissatisfied or unhappy.
If you’re struggling with a mental illness like anxiety or depression, it can be hard to know the best next step to take. The psychiatrists at Thriveworks Counseling in Chicago, IL are standing by to help you feel like your normal self again.
When Should I Consider Consulting With a Psychiatrist?
The word “psychiatrist” is one many people find intimidating. Perhaps the first thing they think of is a movie or TV show character who needed help with a severe disorder. While psychiatrists do help many forms of extreme mental disorders, this isn’t their only function. Psychiatry deals with a broad spectrum of mental illnesses, including issues such as anxiety and depression.
It’s important to realize that mental illnesses can affect anyone. There are many symptoms that may lead you to visit a psychiatrist. These are just a few examples:
- Bipolar disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Personality disorders
- Eating disorders
- PTSD and trauma
- Suicidal thoughts or self-harm
- Substance abuse or addiction
Psychological problems don’t have to control your life. If you’re struggling and in need of compassionate guidance and support, consider scheduling a virtual visit with one of our psychiatrists in Chicago, IL.
How Board-Certified Psychiatrists Can Help
Psychiatry looks at mental and emotional disorders from both a mental and physical standpoint. Psychiatrists are medical doctors, meaning they have the ability to prescribe medications as part of your treatment plan. Licensed psychiatrists have completed years of study, going to undergraduate school and medical school, not to mention internships and residencies.
Biological factors such as chemical imbalances, genetics, and life experiences can all play a part in mental illness. A psychiatrist will perform a thorough evaluation as the first step towards diagnosis and treatment. This may involve a thorough collection of medical history, filling out questionnaires, and a number of psychological tests.
Depending on the client’s needs, psychiatrists are equipped to administer a variety of different treatments. Psychotherapy, also referred to as talk therapy, typically forms an essential part of any client’s treatment plan. This type of therapy can look different from client to client, depending on the condition and associated concerns. But at its core, therapy is meant to empower you to analyze your emotions and thought patterns and learn how to address triggers and issues that may be impacting your health and happiness.
You don’t have to put off getting help any longer if mental health issues are holding you back in life. To speak to a licensed psychiatrist, make an online appointment today with Thriveworks Counseling in Chicago, IL.
Schedule a Telepsychiatry Appointment at Thriveworks in Chicago, IL
Thriveworks Counseling is dedicated to meeting the needs of clients struggling with mental health issues of all kinds. This is why we strive to make our services as accessible as possible. If you have a busy schedule, you can take advantage of our evening and weekend time slots.
We also offer our psychiatry services by video or phone for your convenience. Most clients find psychiatric services to be just as effective handled remotely as it is in an office environment.
Clients who enroll with Thriveworks Counseling can also begin taking advantage of our wide variety of exclusive benefits. Some examples include:
- Phone or email access to counselors between appointments
- 24-hour Q&A with a qualified life improvement coach
- Counselor-moderated community discussion boards
- Text support for billing and scheduling
- Exclusive video content
You can take the first step toward making your mental health a priority. If you feel that mental disorders are holding you back from achieving your goals, you don’t have to feel alone. Schedule a virtual appointment with a licensed psychiatrist today at Thriveworks Counseling in Chicago, IL.