An important piece of advice that psychiatrists sometimes receive in medical school is to know their patients, not just their patients’ diagnosis. Great psychiatrists understand that a person’s identity is way bigger and more meaningful than any medical label they can attach to their file. For example, Frances might be diagnosed with depression, but that doesn’t negate the fact that she likes to swing dance, that her friends think she’s really bad at telling jokes, and that she loves her calico cat Steve more than anything in the world. Frances, the full person, still exists alongside a diagnosis of depression, or any other condition for that matter. Diagnoses can just serve as useful tools in helping to develop treatment plans.
The licensed psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Fort Wayne, IN treat the entire person, not just a person’s disorder. Our psychiatrists are highly trained to identify physiological issues that might underlie a mental condition. They use their compassion and expertise to help find lasting solutions to chronic or short-term mental health and behavioral problems. Their mission is to help heal and prevent mental health disorders.
Does Online Psychiatry Work? How Effective Is It Compared to In-Person Psychiatry?
Multiple research studies have shown the efficacy of online psychiatry for all age groups and many different mental health conditions. This is especially reassuring to people in rural areas who might not be able to access quality psychiatric care in-person. Telepsychiatry at Thriveworks by way of secure video conferencing is a proven method of getting people the psychological help they need. Today’s health insurers recognize the importance and effectiveness of telehealth psychiatry services, so Thriveworks clients can benefit from our psychiatrists accepting health insurance.
Online (virtual) appointments with psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Fort Wayne, IN provide the added benefit of convenience. Sometimes it’s hard to travel many miles in the middle of the workday in order to see a psychiatrist for a 15-minute follow-up or medication management appointment. But with Thriveworks psychiatrists, you can schedule the online appointment at your convenience and you never need to leave your house or office.
How Can I Tell If I Have a Mental Disorder? What Are the Signs?
It’s not always obvious when you or someone you love has a mental health disorder. Psychological conditions can manifest as external behaviors that everyone can see, but they can also be internalized and only be glaring and urgent to the person suffering. Some of the following symptoms may indicate that you could benefit from seeing a psychiatrist at Thriveworks in Fort Wayne, IN:
- Harming yourself or others
- Being addicted to gambling, sex, drugs, or alcohol
- Experiencing violent or dark thoughts
- Inability to control one’s anger
- Isolating yourself
- Obsessing or fixating
- Inability to control your repetitive behaviors
- Feeling manic or talking way too fast
- Inability to experience pleasure (anhedonia)
- Feeling deeply unmotivated
- Experiencing slowed-down thoughts or movement
- Feeling deep sadness or despair for longer than two weeks
- Bingeing or severely restricting calories
- Suffering from insomnia, or not being able to get out of bed
- Feeling worthless or hopeless
- Having panic attacks or acute anxiety
Psychiatric disorders can also sometimes manifest as physical symptoms like hypertension or headaches. Your psychiatrist at Thriveworks in Fort Wayne, IN will also want to rule out physical causes like hormonal imbalances and new medications before diagnosing you with a mental health condition.
How Do Psychiatrists Treat Mental Health Conditions?
Psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Fort Wayne, IN use more than just prescription drugs to treat mental health conditions and behavioral disorders. They also might take advantage of the following treatment options:
- Evidence-based therapeutic approaches like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Holistic therapies like exercise, meditation, and dietary changes
- Substance abuse treatment as needed (licensed substance abuse counselors at Thriveworks can also help with addiction issues)
- In-patient treatment (hospitalization) at times when someone poses a risk of harming themselves or someone else
If you do take medication for your mental health condition, your psychiatrist at Thriveworks can continually follow up with you to track the side effects, efficacy, and ideal dosage of the psychotropic treatment.
Call Thriveworks to Make Your Appointment with a Superior Psychiatrist in Fort Wayne, IN
The Thriveworks psychiatrists in Fort Wayne, IN are always available to meet with new clients and help them address their mental health and behavior concerns. Our psychiatrists are top-rated, fully licensed, and highly qualified. When you enroll at Thriveworks, you get email and phone access to your psychiatrist between sessions. Anyone who has ever struggled to reach a doctor knows how important this kind of accessibility can be. Psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Fort Wayne, IN also accept all kinds of health insurance, making sessions highly affordable.
Call our office today during our extended working hours and reach a human being–not a voicemail–who can match you to an exceptional psychiatrist who may be available to meet with you as early as tomorrow.