Detroit Psychiatry—Psychiatric Care in Detroit, MI
Caitlin’s family notices a personality change in their happy girl. Normally, she lights up every room with her smile. Lately, though, she isn’t smiling much. She’s quieter than usual, too.
Caitlin keeps to herself as often as she can. She leaves her apartment to go to work each morning, but otherwise, she prefers to stay in bed. Her friends keep calling her but she’s sick of forcing a smile and acting like everything’s okay. She no longer has the energy.
Her sister forces Caitlin to let her in. They sit on the couch and talk at length about how Caitlin has been feeling. She explains the sadness that has been weighing her down. She also details other symptoms like:
- Difficulty sleeping
- No appetite
- Weight loss
- Lack of interest
- Isolation from others
After their conversation, Caitlin schedules an appointment with a psychiatrist. Again, she details exactly how she’s been feeling. Her psychiatrist is able to diagnose her with depression and get her started with therapy as well as an antidepressant.
Psychiatrists specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions. If you are experiencing symptoms that you would like to talk to a psychiatrist about, reach out to Thriveworks Counseling in Detroit, MI. We can help.
What Is a Psychiatrist?
Simply put, a psychiatrist is an expert on mental health. These individuals specialize in diagnosing and also treating people who have mental illnesses. Psychiatrists spend many years studying to understand our physical and mental health and how they intertwine.
Psychiatrists serve to help people manage or recover from their mental health condition. Common and serious mental health conditions include:
- Bipolar disorder
- Eating disorders
- Addiction and substance abuse
- Anxiety disorders
It’s normal to go to the doctor when you are feeling unwell. This is true for your physical and your mental health. If your mental health is suffering or you’re experiencing an emotional disturbance, you should consult a psychiatrist.
How Do Psychiatrists Help?
Psychiatrists help by first assessing your symptoms, both mental and physical. They can then make a diagnosis, based on their evaluation and psychological tests. Next, they work with you to develop a treatment plan that helps you manage and/or recover from your disorder.
Here are a few common responsibilities and objectives of psychiatrists:
- Helping their clients manage long-term conditions with therapy and/or medication
- Providing professional guidance about lifestyle habits or changes
- Working with an individual’s loved ones to enhance care
- Working with an individual’s general physician or therapist
Psychiatrists can prove helpful in many different scenarios. They might prove especially helpful if you need immediate medical assistance, your condition is complex, or you need medication.
Psychiatrists can prescribe medication and provide their clients with medication management, unlike other mental health professionals. When they prescribe medication, medication management is the process of monitoring one’s use of the medication. They explain explicitly how the individual should take their medication and make clear the potential negative side effects of the medication.
If you receive mental health care, it’s important to remember that treatment often isn’t linear: In other words, some days you might take a few steps forward and others you might take a few steps back. However, you should also know that your psychiatrist will be there to help you along this journey.
Schedule Online Psychiatric Care in Michigan
Thriveworks Counseling offers our clients online psychiatry. This means that you can meet with a psychologist virtually in telephone or video sessions. This is a comfortable, convenient, and secure approach to psychiatric care.
To schedule an appointment with a Thriveworks psychiatrist in Detroit, Michigan, just call our office. Our scheduling team would be happy to help you.