The Buddha once stated, “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” It can be helpful to think of self-care in terms of how you would treat a friend. If your best friend was suffering from depression, anxiety, or emotional distress that wasn’t getting better over time, what would you tell him or her? You see that your friend’s usual coping strategies aren’t working. You see that her condition is getting worse, not better, as the days and weeks pass. You see that you can support her a little by simply being there and listening, but you don’t have the expertise to really help her. You would probably make the suggestion that your friend should see a professional who had the qualifications and insights to help lead her toward recovery. Now what if that friend were you?
Treating yourself like a friend sometimes means asking for professional help. The licensed psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Novi, MI have the skills, compassion, and experience to support people on their journey toward better mental health. Seeing a psychiatrist is different from seeing your primary care doctor for a mental or behavioral health issue because psychiatrists have specialized training that enables them to effectively diagnose, treat, and help prevent mental conditions.
What Is the Difference Between Psychiatry and Psychology?
Psychiatrists and psychologists both provide important mental health services, but they have a few key differences. Psychiatrists are medical doctors (MDs) who can prescribe medication and who also have training in psychotherapy approaches. Psychologists are usually PhDs of PsyDs and they can be counseling psychologists or clinical psychologists. They provide talk therapy but cannot prescribe medication. At Thriveworks in Novi, MI, staff psychologists and psychiatrists can work together on providing clients with the best treatment plans, which may include medication, talk therapy, or both.
What Do Psychiatrists Treat?
Psychiatrists treat mental health conditions of all kinds, using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) as a general guide. Mental health conditions are usually diagnosed based on symptoms alone. Oftentimes symptoms of one condition can overlap with another condition, thus it’s extremely important to be evaluated by a top-rated psychiatrist who can make complex clinical distinctions. The exceptional psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Novi, MI work with clients who are experiencing any of the following conditions:
- Anxiety disorders
- Panic disorder and panic attacks
- Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Bipolar disorder (manic depression)
- Bipolar II disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Personality disorders like narcissistic or borderline personality disorder
- Specific phobias
- Eating disorders like anorexia
- Sleep disorders
How Do Psychiatrists Treat Depression?
There are many different kinds of depression, including postpartum depression, dysthymia (depression lasting longer than two years), and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). How a qualified psychiatrist treats depression depends on the specific diagnosis. For example, SAD can be treated with light therapy. The symptoms of mild depression might improve with regular exercise and other lifestyle changes. For major depression, a psychiatrist at Thriveworks in Novi, MI might try one or several of the following treatments:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Psychodynamic therapy
- Mindfulness therapy
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR)
- Prescription medication and medication management
Does Online Psychiatry Work?
Online psychiatry sessions work just as well as in-person psychiatry sessions for most mental health conditions. At Thriveworks in Novi, MI, licensed psychiatrists meet with clients over secure telehealth video conferencing software. These virtual sessions make it easier for clients who might have mobility issues or acute psychological/behavioral symptoms that hinder travel. During telepsychiatry sessions, clients can talk about their goals for therapy in a home environment where they feel safe and comfortable. Psychiatrists can also do a comprehensive client evaluation through an online session.
What Is Mental Health?
Mental health can be very subjective, but most people would define it by feel and function. That is, someone who is mentally healthy is able to engage with their community, process normal stressors, and realize their potential. It’s a state of being that includes internal mood as well as external relationships. When someone is suffering from poor mental health, they may find that their daily functioning is adversely affected. They may have trouble with their job or loved ones. They may withdraw from society. Mental health is health, which is why it’s important to get intervention early before dominoes begin to fall.
Talk to a Licensed Psychiatrist at Thriveworks in Novi, MI
All the psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Novi, MI are fully licensed and accept most major forms of health insurance coverage. New Thriveworks clients can often meet with their psychiatrist quickly, within 24-48 hours of scheduling their appointment. They can also access their provider by phone or email between sessions.
Treat yourself the way you’d treat a friend. Get yourself the help you need at Thriveworks. We look forward to helping you.