Dax Shepard is an American actor, director, and podcast host of “The Armchair Expert.” On this podcast, he interviews celebrities about their personal and professional lives. Quickly, his listeners realized that he had a knack for making himself and his guests relatable. And they quickly fell in love with his storytelling as well as his honesty.
On many of his episodes, Dax boasts about 16 years of sobriety after struggling with addiction for much of his adult life. Then, on his episode titled “Day 7” he showcases his greatest act of honesty yet: He reveals that he has relapsed. He explains that he was prescribed painkillers after getting into a motorcycle accident in August. Quickly, though, it got out of control when Dax continued taking painkillers after his prescription ran out.
I know I have to quit, but my tolerance is going up so quickly that I’m now in a situation where I’m taking 8 [pills] a day, and I know that’s an amount that’s going to result in a pretty bad withdrawal,” he explains. “And I start getting really scared, and I’m starting to feel really lonely, and I just have this enormous secret.”
Dax finds help and support in his loved ones, including wife Kristen Bell and best friend Monica Padman. He also attends regular AA (Alcoholics Anonymous) meetings, which he attributes much of his success in sobriety to.
As Dax knows, our loved ones can prove extremely helpful in managing or recovering from addiction and other mental health conditions. Similarly, support groups can prove instrumental in recovery. However, the first step is often receiving a diagnosis. A psychiatrist can identify and diagnose addiction, substance abuse problems, and other disorders. Then, they can prescribe treatment and help the individual heal.
If you are struggling with a substance abuse problem or another mental health challenge, consider reaching out to Thriveworks Counseling in Salem, MA. We have online psychiatrists who can help you as soon as today. To get scheduled, just call our office.
How Can Psychiatrists Help? Diagnosis and Treatment
Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in psychiatry, a branch of medicine focused on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental health conditions. These professionals work at a variety of medical centers, including private practices, hospitals, and rehabs.
Psychiatrists are able to conduct psychological tests, which help to diagnose mental disorders. Then, they can design a treatment plan for the individual and also lead treatment themselves.
A major difference between psychiatrists and psychologists (as well as other professionals) is that psychiatrists can prescribe psychiatric medications. The following mental health conditions can often be alleviated through a prescription medication:
- Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD)
- Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Major depression
- Bipolar disorder
- Social anxiety disorder
- Panic disorder
- Bipolar disorder
If you are looking to be evaluated for one of the above (or another mental disorder), schedule an appointment with a psychiatrist. Or, if you already have a diagnosis but would like to talk about different treatment options, you should schedule an appointment with a psychiatrist then, too. In both instances, psychiatrists can prove helpful.
Benefits of Telehealth Psychiatry Sessions
Here at Thriveworks, you can look forward to attending telehealth sessions to receive care from your psychiatrist. They might ask that you come in for an occasional assessment or check-up, but otherwise, they can conduct your appointments in an online environment.
Telehealth psychiatry sessions prove beneficial to many clients, such as the following:
- A man who lives far from the clinical office or doesn’t have a reliable means of transportation
- A mother who can’t afford to hire a babysitter to watch the kids every time she has an appointment
- An individual who looks after a sick or elderly loved one full-time
- A woman who feels more comfortable talking to a psychiatrist online
- A man who works long hours and can’t make it to the office for regular sessions
Fortunately, online care solves the problems above and makes meeting with your psychiatrist easier.
Schedule with an Online Psychiatrist at Thriveworks in Salem, MA
Thriveworks Counseling is committed to setting our clients up with skilled and caring professionals. If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our online psychiatrists, we’d be happy to help.
Just call our office, and a member of our scheduling team will assist you!