How do you cope with unpleasant feelings like anger and fear? Do you manage okay, or do you struggle to manage and respond to these emotions?
If you’re like the majority, you probably struggle from time to time. You might try to push those complicated feelings down and forget about them. But you probably aren’t very successful in doing so. Because the reality is that we must confront these emotions, and we can do so now or later.
You’re probably tempted to say, “I’d rather deal with them later.” The catch, though, is that when we put our emotions off, they grow more intense and also more difficult to manage.
Here’s the good news: You don’t have to address your emotions or your mental health problems alone. You can address them successfully with the help of a psychiatrist. Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in diagnosing and treating mental illnesses, as well as preventing the development or worsening of mental illnesses.
Our emotions play a huge part in our mental health. When we feel depressed, angry, or stressed, these feelings might signify the development or presence of a mental health condition. Additionally, learning to address these emotions properly can help us manage mental disorders and heal our minds.
In a nutshell, psychiatrists can support our mental and emotional health. If you think you could benefit from working with one, reach out to Thriveworks Counseling in Somerville, MA. Psychiatry is just one field in the mental health realm that our providers specialize in. To schedule an appointment or find out more, call our Somerville office. We look forward to it.
How Do Psychiatrists Differ from Psychologists?
If you’re considering reaching out to someone for mental health help, you’re probably thinking to yourself, “Who’s the right person for the job? Who exactly should I schedule an appointment with? A psychiatrist or a psychologist?”
To find your answer to this question, let’s compare the roles of psychiatrists and psychologists:
Psychiatrists are mental health professionals and medical doctors who have special knowledge, training, and experience in psychiatry. As we explained earlier, psychiatry is a field of mental health that focuses on diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.
Therefore, people who are experiencing symptoms of mental illness, such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and addiction can greatly benefit from talking to a psychiatrist. Those who are suffering mentally or emotionally in another way can benefit from talking to a psychiatrist as well. Psychiatrists can utilize psychotherapy and medication in their treatment methods.
Psychologists are also mental health professionals but they are not medical doctors. These professionals work to help their clients work through a vast amount of mental health issues, using different types of psychotherapy, including cognitive behavioral therapy, emotionally focused therapy, and other types too. Psychologists are not able to prescribe or manage one’s medication, which is the main difference between these professionals and psychiatrists.
Psychiatrists and psychologists both have expertise in mental health and can help people live better. However, psychiatrists may be better equipped to evaluate your symptoms of mental illness, offer a diagnosis (if there is a disorder present), and then offer treatment in the form of therapy and/or medication.
Medication for Mental Illness
Medication is an important part of treatment for mental illness. And it can benefit many people, especially those diagnosed with depression, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, just to name a few mental health disorders.
If your psychiatrist does prescribe you a medication, you must meet with them in regular sessions (usually monthly). In these meetings or check-ins, you will talk to your psychiatrist about how the medication is working for you or how it is not working for you. If you’re suffering from negative side effects that outweigh the positive effects, your provider can help you find another medication that is a better fit
No matter the prescription, your psychiatrist will explain exactly how you should take your medication, including how often and what time of day. If you ever have any questions, please don’t be afraid to ask. There are no dumb questions, and your psychiatrist will be happy to answer them.
Schedule a Psychiatry Appointment at Thriveworks in Somerville, MA
Are you searching for a psychiatrist in the Somerville, MA area? Thriveworks Counseling can get you scheduled with an online psychiatry session right now. Our psychiatrists help their clients in video and telephone sessions. Both of these online options are an effective way to receive help and treatment from your psychiatrist.
Are you ready to get started with psychiatry? We’re happy to hear it. Schedule an appointment by calling our Somerville counseling office now.