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Starting Psychiatry/medication

What is psychiatry?

Psychiatry is a branch of medicine that focuses specifically on the medical and psychotherapeutic treatment of mental conditions and disorders.

How does psychiatry work?

Psychiatry allows people struggling to manage mental conditions or disorders to get access to medications that will make daily functioning easier, as well as work through any mental factors that might be causing or worsening their condition. Though medications can't cure mental disorders, medication can make symptoms more manageable, making the process of psychotherapeutic treatment easier and more effective. Psychiatric care can be available through in-person psychiatry and online psychiatry, depending on where you live and your own preferences. However, psychiatric providers at Thriveworks in Columbia, MD specifically offer online psychiatry to their clients.

Does psychiatry deal with anxiety?

Psychiatrists are among the mental health professionals who can prescribe anxiety medication, and they are also capable of offering therapeutic treatment for anxiety as well, though not every psychiatric professional offers therapy. Medication management can be offered via in-person or online psychiatry.

What is the difference between a mental health therapist and psychiatrist?

A therapist has an education specifically rooted in therapeutic practice, approaches, techniques, and treatment. They cannot prescribe medications for clients, thought they often refer clients to psychiatrists for medication management. Psychiatrists are medically trained doctors who specialize in mental health treatment, mainly through medication management and prescription, though they can also practice therapy.

What's the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychologists and psychiatrists receive differing educations, as psychologists are not medically trained the same way that psychiatrists are. Psychologists mainly specialize in providing therapy services and diagnoses for mental disorders — something that most therapists cannot provide — while psychiatrists manage medications and sometimes provide therapy services. The main difference is that psychologists (generally) cannot prescribe medications the way psychiatrists can.

Do psychiatric NPs treat mental disorders?

Psychiatric nurse practitioners (NPs) treat and diagnose disorders, prescribe and manage medications, and offer psychotherapy services, too.

How do psychiatriac providers diagnose?

Oftentimes, psychiatrists or psychiatric professionals will perform a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, which involves an in-depth discussion about your symptoms, medical history, and current medications. Once they reach a diagnosis, they may suggest starting certain medications depending on your condition and the intensity of your symptoms.

Is psychiatry/medication conducted in person or online?

At Thriveworks, we offer online psychiatry as well as in-person therapy services for optimal comfort and convenience.

How long does psychiatry last?

Psychiatric services at Thriveworks Columbia can last for as little or as much time as the client needs to reach their treatment goals, whether that be a month or two or over the course of years. treatment length is heavily dependent on the condition(s) being treated, the course of treatment, and the client's goals for treatment.

Need more help deciding?

Counseling and therapy are meant to offer people professional help, guidance, and support, as they work through conflicts in their relationships, grieve tough losses, manage stress, recover from mental illnesses, and more. Often, several research-backed therapeutic techniques are utilized to help these people find success in overcoming the challenge at hand. In other instances, though, counseling is supplemental. For example, when someone suffers from depression, anxiety, or another mental illness, they might to work with a psychiatrist, too.

Medication management is sometimes an important part of treatment and recovery when it comes to mental health conditions of the like. Fortunately, psychiatrists and nurse practitioners are trained to help people manage their medication, from how much of it to take and when to figuring out what works best with their client’s brain and body.

You cannot recover from anxiety by staying calm. You cannot recover from depression by just being positive. You cannot recover from anorexia nervosa by just eating more. If mental illnesses were that simple, we couldn’t be struggling in the first place.

Thriveworks Columbia, MD in Howard County has psychiatrists as well as nurse practitioners who are now offering medication management online. If you are exhibiting symptoms of a mental illness, such as depression or anxiety, consider reaching out to our office. We can set you up with a provider who can assess your situation and provide you with medication management via phone and video.

Who Can Benefit from Medication Management?

Some people think that only the most serious or severe cases of mental illness demand the need for medication. Really though, people with severe cases as well as the more mild cases can benefit from medication. This depends greatly on the individual, their symptoms, other forms of treatment they might have tried in the past, and other factors too. Now, depending on the mental illness, one might find the following medications helpful in treatment:

  • Antidepressants
  • Cognitive enhancer
  • Mood stabilizers

There are plenty of other medications to add to this list. The medication that one finds beneficial and that one might be prescribed depends on what illness the individual is diagnosed with, be it depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and so on.

So, if you are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness, consider reaching out to Thriveworks Columbia, MD. We have providers on staff who can help you better understand what you are feeling, offer a diagnosis, provide you with medication management and/or therapy. They’ll put you on the right path.

Should I Meet with a Psychiatrist?

Psychiatrists are healthcare professionals who have remarkable knowledge, skills, experience, and training in the mental health field. As we touched on previously, sometimes medication is an important part of one’s treatment plan. For those that do take medication as part of their treatment for any given mental illness, proper medication management is vital.

For instance, one should not take too much or too little of their medicine; they also shouldn’t take it at night if they’re supposed to take it in the morning; and they need to know whether or not to take it with food! Often, there are very specific instructions that detail how one should take their medicine. Fortunately, the psychiatrists and nurse practitioners at Thriveworks Columbia will be sure that you know exactly how to take your medication. They will also check in with you to make sure the medication you’re on is helping you and continues to help you. If you need to switch to a different medication, so be it. They’ll help you find one that works well for you.

Depression Psychiatry Appointments

We are a combination of our experiences and our biology. The stressful circumstances we’ve encountered shape our world just as much as our parents’ past struggles with mental illnesses do. Because we’re a combination of joy and sadness, our brain functions, and our hormones, it can often be difficult to pin down what’s wrong when something doesn’t feel right.

People who are depressed often experience intense loneliness and helplessness. Even when things are going right financially and romantically, they may feel lost at sea. That feeling of being adrift is scary but it does not have to be all-consuming.

There’s treatment for depression. With medication, therapy, self-care techniques, and other resources, you can alleviate the symptoms of your depression and move through your life with grace and confidence. But the road to treatment often seems hazardous. Depression can make you feel like no one can help you or that your emotions don’t have meaning.

This isn’t true. A depression psychiatrist can help you on your mental health journey. They can put a name to the emotions you’re feeling and can encourage you to challenge the stigma of what it means to be a person with depression.

To get started, call or set up an online appointment with a psychiatrist at Thriveworks in Columbia, MD. When you’re ready to begin, we’re ready to offer our support.

What Causes Different Types of Depression?

The causes of depression are as varied as the different types of depression. From genetics to substance abuse, there can be a number of different reasons behind any one type of depression.

Here are some of the most common forms of depression and the different causes that may be behind them:

  • Major depressive disorder is what’s commonly thought of when we refer to depression. Identifiable by its intense and enduring feelings of sadness, major depressive disorder can be caused by biology and genetics (such as hormones) or stress and the environment (such as recovery from a traumatic event).
  • Postpartum depression occurs following childbirth and often involves bouts of sadness, anxiety, and frustration. Mothers with this postpartum depression may find it difficult to bond with their new baby. It’s typically attributed to hormonal imbalances caused by pregnancy or a history of depression.
  • Bipolar disorder has two categories: bipolar I and bipolar II. Bipolar I includes moments of manic behavior and moments of depressive behavior. Bipolar II includes depressive episodes lasting for at least two weeks, but people with this disorder will also have at least one hypomanic episode. The environment and your genetics typically play the biggest role in the development of bipolar disorder.
  • Seasonal affective disorder occurs in the winter and autumn months. It’s caused by seasonal changes that impact sleeping patterns and exposure to light.
  • Persistent depressive disorder is long-term depression that can make performing daily tasks or maintaining healthy relationships difficult. Life events or biological and inherited traits may cause this form of depression.

If you don’t see your specific depression listed above, don’t worry. A provider at Thriveworks in Columbia, MD may still be able to give you the treatment you need to fulfill your goals and lead a more fulfilled life.

How Can a Licensed Depression Psychiatrist Help Me?

Depression psychiatrists are medical doctors who have devoted themselves to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of psychological disorders. As medical professionals, they’re able to prescribe medication and treat the physical and psychological challenges that come with depression.

For instance, your psychiatrist may prescribe pain medication in the short term to treat your headaches and antidepressants to treat the underlying persistent depressive disorder that may be causing the headaches in the first place.

In addition to prescribing medicine, your provider can use therapy to address your mental health concerns. Some of the therapeutic approaches that psychiatrists use include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy, which helps you rethink the way you solve problems or view situations.
  • Gestalt therapy, which helps you engage with the now versus dwelling on past experiences.
  • Interpersonal therapy, which focuses on past and present relationships that help contextualize your depression.

Your psychiatrist may use these or other forms of therapy alongside other suggestions such as getting more exercise, journaling, and reevaluating your nutritional needs. To get started, call us at Thriveworks in Columbia, MD to schedule an appointment.

Licensed Anxiety Psychiatrists –– Schedule in Columbia, MD

Charles has been under a lot of stress. He’s a new parent with his first child and his job has become more demanding in recent months. His mind has been racing with thoughts like these:

  • Wow, I can’t believe my boss caught that mistake on my report. I’m working hard but I’m probably going to get fired soon. 
  • I’m such a bad father. I don’t spend enough time with my son because of work.
  • Why did I even come to this party? I’m hardly even talking to anyone. I bet they all hate me.

This is the first time Charles has experienced thoughts like these and he feels exhausted by the end of each day. He starts to feel trapped by his thoughts, unable to enjoy his life the way he used to.

Have you ever felt like Charles? Millions of people in the United States experience anxiety every single day. Thankfully, anxiety is treatable. If you’ve ever felt anxious and wanted support, working with an anxiety psychiatrist can help you manage the symptoms you’re experiencing.

When you’re ready, consider reaching out to Thriveworks Counseling in Columbia, MD. Our mental health professionals are here to help.

Common Anxiety Symptoms –– What To Look Out For

Many people feel anxiety in completely normal ways. You might be anxious before your child starts their first day of school or during a major presentation for an important client. This is a natural response to stress.

However, anxiety that exceeds the facts of the situation or interferes with your day-to-day life may mean you’re dealing with an anxiety disorder.

Psychiatrists help with a wide variety of mental health issues. Some of the most common anxiety disorders include generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and phobia disorders. No matter what you’re going through, know that it is treatable.

Anxiety looks different for everyone, but here are some common symptoms:

  • Feeling worried, nervous, or high-strung
  • Sense of impending doom
  • Fatigue
  • Brain fog
  • Panic attacks
  • Insomnia
  • Heart palpitations
  • Elevated heart rate
  • Trembling
  • Sweating

Again, these symptoms are common in response to normal high-stress situations too. But if you find you’re experiencing these symptoms during everyday situations, then you may benefit from speaking with a psychiatrist. Consider reaching out to a provider from Thriveworks Counseling in Columbia, MD to make an appointment.

What To Expect From Anxiety Treatment

A psychiatrist is a mental health professional with a medical degree who specializes in diagnosing, treating, and preventing mental health issues. Anxiety psychiatrists manage anxiety disorders using effective treatments like talk therapy, medication, or a mix of different treatment modalities.

Every client’s experience may differ, but here are several ways a psychiatrist may help you during your appointments:

  • They can listen to concerns and ask important diagnostic questions
  • They can identify harmful or ineffective thinking patterns and help replace them with more helpful ones
  • They can assess symptoms and diagnose conditions
  • They can customize a treatment plan
  • They can provide a neutral, third-party perspective on difficult life transitions
  • They can teach ways to manage stress and anxiety more effectively
  • They can recommend improvements to self-care routines
  • They can prescribe medication to help manage symptoms

Your psychiatrist will work with you to create a judgment-free environment where you can share concerns and difficulties comfortably. Think of your psychiatrist as a partner in your mental health journey –– they have your best interests at heart.

Many of our clients find that an anxiety psychiatrist can help them work through their mental health problems and manage their anxiety symptoms. If you’re looking for support, consider reaching out to a psychiatrist at Thriveworks Counseling in Columbia, MD.

Appointments at Thriveworks in Columbia, MD

Have you ever struggled with feelings of anxiety? Our mental health professionals at Thriveworks in Columbia, MD can help you find a source of tranquility and calm in your life.

Setting up a psychiatry appointment with Thriveworks is incredibly easy. You can schedule your appointment online or by calling our office –– many new clients can often see a psychiatrist within 24-48 hours of reaching out. We offer extended evening and weekend hours to help you fit mental health care into your busy life. Our online psychiatry options let you work with a provider over the phone or on a video chat so you can get the care you need from the comfort of your own home.

You’ll also get access to other resources through the Thriveworks website and mobile app. Thriveworks clients can contact providers between sessions via phone or email, take advantage of “Dear Abby” style Q&A support, and use our counselor-moderated community discussion forum.

At Thriveworks Counseling in Columbia, MD, we believe that everyone can benefit from mental health care. We’re on a journey to help people live happier, healthier lives. Call our office today if you think you could benefit from psychiatric care.

ADHD Psychiatrists in Columbia, MD — Appointments Available

Do you have trouble taking care of your to-do list at work? Do you often miss out on important instructions from your boss? Do you find yourself daydreaming when you should be focusing on the task at hand? Do these same kinds of issues cause difficulties at home too?

If you’re experiencing symptoms like these, there’s a good chance you may be suffering from ADHD. It’s a problem that affects many adults and children in America. If you look back on your childhood, you probably had reports from your teachers about talking too much, getting out of your seat when you shouldn’t have, and being impulsive. You may still have those problems to this day!

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a complex mental health condition without a clear cause or cure. However, a licensed ADHD psychiatrist can work with you to develop a treatment plan that makes sense for your symptoms, concerns, and long-term goals. They can help you learn the right coping skills and self-care techniques to reduce your symptoms and build a healthy and happy future.

When you’re ready to speak with an ADHD psychiatrist, reach out to us at Thriveworks in Columbia, MD to make an appointment.

Symptoms That May Indicate ADHD

Symptoms of ADHD can affect both children and adults. They can look different for different people and can even change over time. Your experience may differ from your child’s, your parent’s, or your neighbor’s.

However, there are many symptoms that can help experts in diagnosing ADHD, including:

  • Difficulty managing multiple tasks
  • Trouble staying organized
  • Time management issues
  • Hyperactive impulses
  • Excessive fidgeting or repetitive movements
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Difficulty managing mood swings
  • Trouble paying attention

Children and adults with ADHD may appear to be a whirlwind of energy, their minds and mouths running at full speed. They may have a hard time controlling impulsive behavior, including outbursts and temper tantrums. They may not be able to concentrate because they are easily distracted by everything around them. They may have a hard time meeting their full potential in school or in their career because of the challenges brought on by this condition.

If you think you or a loved one is struggling with ADHD, working with a mental health professional at Thriveworks in Columbia, MD can steer you in the right direction.

ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment: What To Expect

ADHD psychiatrists work with clients to help them overcome overwhelming or uncomfortable symptoms and improve their quality of life.

Living with a mind that runs nonstop can hold you back. It can have a negative impact at school, in your career, and within your relationships. Speaking with a psychiatrist who specializes in treating ADHD can help you determine the best course of action so you can learn to bring more calm and focus into your life.

Diagnosing ADHD is not a simple matter. First, a psychiatrist will typically interview the client, learning about the extent of their symptoms, when they first began, and how they have interfered with their life. They may also conduct a thorough physical examination and use noninvasive brain scans to measure brain activity.

Your provider may observe some of the symptoms themselves and, in the case of children with ADHD, may interview the client’s teachers and parents too. They will also typically use standardized rating scales to compare the client’s symptoms and behaviors to other children their age.

After diagnosis, your psychiatrist can develop a treatment plan customized to your situation. You may be advised to take part in behavioral therapy to learn how to better handle your daily symptoms. For some clients, this is enough; for others, medication can help to calm the mind and give them the ability to engage in behavioral therapy more effectively.

If you’re ready to seek professional help, give us a call at Thriveworks in Columbia, MD.

Schedule a Session With a Thriveworks Psychiatrist in Columbia, MD

If you are ready to learn how to effectively cope with ADHD, our licensed professionals are here to help. We understand how frustrating it can be when you or your child are overwhelmed by ADHD symptoms. When you take the first step by reaching out to us, we will make every effort to work with you and your schedule.

Appointments are available all week long, with extended hours during the week and on weekends. Need something urgent? New clients are often able to schedule same-day or next-day appointments to fast-track their treatment.

Thriveworks clients can take part in many benefits that include the Therapy Buddy app and our online discussion community. Text message support is also available for billing and scheduling questions.

You don’t have to face ADHD by yourself. Call us at Thriveworks in Columbia, MD today to make your mental health a priority and meet with an ADHD psychiatrist.

Set Up a Session with an Online Psychiatrist at Thriveworks Columbia Counseling

Here at Thriveworks Columbia Counseling, we are firm believers in our mission to help people live happy, successful lives. We tackle this mission by setting our clients up with skilled, caring mental health professionals who can truly make a difference. If you’re struggling to manage a mental illness, we might set you up with an online psychiatrist who can provide you with medication management.

If you are suffering with a mental illness, please consider reaching out. We have a team of professionals who are devoted to helping people work through their mental health challenges and other life issues. To schedule your first session, simply call our office at (410) 910-2708.

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Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Columbia therapists and counselors accept 23 insurance plans

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Columbia is located inside the The Shoppes at Wilde Lake shopping center, between Twin Rivers Road and Cross Fox Lane. Adjacent to the shopping center, you will find Vista Wilde Lake Apartments. Parking is available in front of the main entrance.

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(410) 724-1137

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