First and foremost, psychiatry is a branch of medicine that focuses on diagnosing and treating mental health disorders. A psychiatrist, then, is a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health disorders.
Psychiatrists can assist their clients’ symptoms, provide a diagnosis, and then create an effective treatment plan. This treatment plan might involve talking to a therapist in weekly sessions, taking medication each day, or both attending therapy and taking medication.
If you are feeling depressed or exhibiting symptoms of a different mental disorder, talk to a psychiatrist. They can provide you with the help that you need. Here at Thriveworks Counseling in Troy, MI, we have online psychiatrists who can help you in a virtual environment.
They can conduct your initial session via video or phone call as well as many of your following appointments. You might need to come in on occasion for an in-person visit, but the majority of your sessions can be completed online!
Who Should Work with a Psychiatrist?
There are many reasons to seek psychiatric help. By the way, there is no shame in receiving psychiatric help or another form of mental health help. In fact, this is a very strong decision and we believe that you’ll be thankful you did it. Now, if you are experiencing the following, you should consider working with a psychiatrist:
- Symptoms of emotional disorders, like depression or anxiety
- A problem with substance abuse or addiction
- Issues with sleep disorders, like insomnia or hypersomnia
- Ongoing difficulty with concentrating at school or at work
- Your current treatment for a mental disorder isn’t working
- You’d like to change your prescription medication
Working with a psychiatrist can prove beneficial in all of the above instances. There are other instances, too, where you might benefit from talking to a psychiatrist. The bottom line is that if you are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or you are struggling to manage one properly, you should consider scheduling a psychiatry appointment.
What Kind of Treatment Can a Psychiatrist Provide?
It’s important to remember that the right treatment can look very different from one person to the next. Consider Joy and Mike’s situations, and pay close attention to the biological, psychological, and social aspects:
Joy has been feeling depressed for a little over a year now. She still goes to work each day but she feels like a zombie. She clicks away at her keyboard and runs through the motions. Otherwise, though, she stays in bed. She rarely answers the calls from her family members. Unfortunately, Joy has no idea why she feels like this. There is no identifiable cause or event that might have triggered her depression.
Mike has been feeling depressed for 6 months. His symptoms began right after his relationship of 5 years ended. Ever since him and his girlfriend broke up, he has been disinterested. He calls out of work at least once a week and can barely function when he does show up. He welcomes the support of his loved ones, but it isn’t enough. He’s suffering from severe depression symptoms like insomnia, no appetite, and a lack of interest in his day to day.
Because there isn’t an identifiable cause of Joy’s depression (that we know of), she might benefit best from medication. Mike, on the other hand, might benefit best from talking to a therapist because there is an identifiable cause. This, of course, would be up to a psychiatrist to determine.
Either way, a psychiatrist can provide therapy and prescribes medications. Now, sometimes they refer their clients to another provider for the right treatment instead. In these instances, they will work closely with this provider to ensure that the individual gets the right treatment.
Schedule a Psychiatry Appointment at Thriveworks in Troy, MI
If you’ve decided that you could benefit from talking to a psychiatrist, call Thriveworks Counseling in Troy, MI. We have online psychiatrists on our team who can help you right now. We have availability and we are ready to get you in for your first appointment.
In addition to psychiatrists, our team is made up of skilled, caring therapists, psychologists, counselors, and life coaches. We hope to meet with you soon.