Greg has struggled with depression since he was young. He had been able to manage his symptoms with exercise and stress-reduction techniques but recently things have gotten worse. Greg can hardly get out of bed in the morning and he’s lost interest in photography –– something that used to be his favorite hobby.
Greg’s mother suggests that he might need professional help and gets him in touch with a psychiatrist. He starts with therapy sessions and gets a prescription for an antidepressant. After a few sessions and a few weeks on his new medication, he’s starting to feel more like himself, ready to take on each day.
Have you ever felt like Greg –– dealing with a mental health issue and looking for support? Working with a psychiatrist can help. Psychiatry is a branch of medicine focused on diagnosing and treating mental, emotional, and behavioral issues.
People seek out psychiatric care for many different reasons. The problems can come on suddenly or can be more long-term and chronic. No matter what you’re dealing with, a psychiatrist can help you manage your issues and live a happier, healthier life. Call our office today at Thriveworks Counseling in Normal, IL to start working with one of our remote psychiatrists by phone or video.
Can a Psychiatrist Help With My Problems?
Psychiatry focuses on the study and treatment of mental health conditions as well as emotional and behavioral issues. The unfortunate reality of mental illness is that it can worsen over time if not treated under the guidance of a mental health professional. With their assistance, you can feel better, manage your symptoms, and gain a sense of control and agency in your life.
Are you unsure if a psychiatrist is right for you? Here are a few common signs and symptoms of mental disorders that could benefit from professional assistance:
- Excessive fear, anxiety, or worry
- Depressed mood or extreme sadness
- Irritability or changes in mood
- Substance misuse or abuse
- Insomnia or trouble staying asleep
- Feeling angry or hostile
If these or other symptoms are interfering with your life, consider reaching out and talking to a psychiatrist from Thriveworks Counseling in Normal, IL. Our compassionate team can diagnose a wide range of issues and help you find a way to move forward.
Psychiatric Treatment: What To Expect
Psychiatrists are doctors who learn extensively about diagnosing, treating, and managing mental illness during their years in medical school. They’re experts in understanding how the body and mind interact, allowing them to handle a wide variety of mental and emotional issues.
Many mental health treatment plans involve some form of psychotherapy. Also known as talk therapy, psychotherapy involves guided conversations with your provider –– you’ll discuss your issues and any symptoms you’re dealing with. The topics of conversation will change from session to session, but will usually focus on helping you gain insights into your mental state, adjusting harmful or inaccurate thinking patterns, and finding ways to reduce symptoms.
Every psychiatrist has a medical degree and can prescribe medications for their clients. Medication isn’t included in every treatment plan but your psychiatrist might recommend it if they think it could help. It’s not just for people with severe mental illness –– medication can sometimes help reduce symptoms of mild and moderate mental disorders as well. If medication is right for you, your provider will work with you to help you understand any benefits and potential side effects.
If you’re considering psychiatric treatment, give us a call at Thriveworks Counseling in Normal, IL to set up an appointment with a remote psychiatrist today.
Psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Normal, IL –– Schedule Your First Appointment Today
Whether you’re experiencing obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, or another mental health concern, working with a board-certified psychiatrist can help you manage your symptoms and reach your goals. If you want to work with a psychiatrist, call our office today at Thriveworks Counseling in Normal, IL.
Our psychiatrists work with their clients through convenient online appointments, connecting with them over the phone or through a video chat. This makes scheduling sessions much easier and many of our clients love the convenience of receiving care without leaving their home.
Simple, easy-to-schedule appointments mean that you can get started very quickly. Some of our new clients can even have their first session within 24-48 hours after calling. We take many medical insurance plans, so check with your insurance provider to see if your coverage includes mental health care.
You’ll be able to contact providers between sessions via email or phone in case you have any important questions that need answering. You’ll also get access to 24-hour “Dear Abby” style question support and the Thriveworks mental health community discussion forum. These resources can help you make progress between appointments.
Schedule an appointment with an online psychiatrist at Thriveworks Counseling in Normal, IL today. One of our team members will work with you to find a time that fits into your schedule. We’re here to help and look forward to hearing from you soon.