Ben wasn’t sure if he’d ever “get over” his recent car accident. First of all, he’d totaled his car. He was lucky he walked away from the crash. Second of all, he’d injured his back in the accident and was now dealing with chronic pain. And thirdly, he was having terrible flashbacks to the scary moment of the crash, when a deer had run in front of his car and he’d had to swerve into the trees. He’d truly thought he was about to die. He’d never been so terrified.
Thoughts and images of the crash seemed to invade Ben’s mental space out of nowhere. They were causing nightmares and disrupting his sleep. He was having a lot of anxiety about driving again. He thought about seeing a psychiatrist for post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD), but were his symptoms really that bad? And what if the psychiatrist prescribed medication that would cause adverse side effects or drug interactions with the pain medication Ben had to take for his back injury? He had so many doubts, but he knew he needed help. What should he do?
Ben should seek the expert mental health services of a licensed online psychiatrist at Thriveworks in Eden Prairie, MN. A Thriveworks psychiatrist would conduct a comprehensive and compassionate intake assessment to learn about Ben’s experience with PTSD. The psychiatrist would also ask about Ben’s current medications so any additional prescriptions wouldn’t contraindicate those pain meds. By seeing a highly qualified psychiatrist at Thriveworks in Eden Prairie, MN, Ben can get the psychological support that he needs–and his health insurance will cover the sessions.
What Does a Psychiatrist Do?
Psychiatrists are extensively trained in medical school in the branch of medicine called psychiatry, meaning that they’re qualified to diagnose, treat, and help prevent mental health disorders. They draw on their knowledge of physical as well as psychological components of mental conditions like depression, anxiety, and PTSD. Psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Eden Prairie, MN use a broad range of tools to help people, including the following:
- Online psychotherapy
- Effective, evidence-based therapy techniques like eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Substance abuse treatment if necessary
- In-patient treatment (hospitalization) in extreme cases when someone is at risk of hurting themselves or others
- Holistic approaches like meditation and mindfulness
- Lifestyle changes (diet and exercise improvements)
- Medication prescription and management
Many people have the misconception that psychiatrists simply prescribe psychotropic medications, but that is not the case. The psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Eden Prairie, MN have prescription pads and they can prescribe or manage medications online, but they also have extensive non-pharmaceutical resources on hand to care for their clients.
What Will a Psychiatrist Do at My First Visit?
When you first meet with a psychiatrist at Thriveworks in Eden Prairie, MN, you can expect a comprehensive assessment of your symptoms, your history, your goals for therapy, and more. The following is a list of some common touchstones of initial psychiatric appointments:
- A full discussion of your symptoms
- A full discussion of your objectives for treatment
- A self-assessment
- Psychological and physical exams
- A review of your medical history, including your lifestyle habits and any medications you’re currently taking
- Your family members’ relevant medical history (some mental conditions like bipolar disorder can have genetic components)
- Mood charts
- A psychosocial evaluation
- Psychoeducation about mental health disorders and how they’re treated
- Making a treatment plan together
How Can a Psychiatrist at Thriveworks Help Me?
By using premium resources, a psychiatrist at Thriveworks in Eden Prairie, MN can tailor an individual treatment plan that will help you achieve your mental health goals. Our psychiatrists can then follow up with you to make sure your condition is improving or you’re not suffering from any side effects if you’re on a new medication.
Is Psychiatry Considered Primary Care?
Psychiatry is not usually considered primary care, but a primary care doctor can refer you to a psychiatrist if you first present with symptoms of a mental health disorder at your family physician’s office. But psychiatry is an essential branch of medicine, and appointments at Thriveworks in Eden Prairie, MN are usually covered by health insurance. If you’re not sure if we will accept your insurance plan, just call our office and we’ll help you figure it out.
Find a Caring, Accessible, Affordable Psychiatrist at Thriveworks in Eden Prairie, MN
Call the Thriveworks office in Eden Prairie, MN and our highly trained staff will help find you a compassionate, qualified, fully licensed psychiatrist who can help address your mental health issues. Our psychiatrists can meet with you online at your convenience. Most of our appointments take place within 24-48 hours of your initial call. And you can access your psychiatrist at Thriveworks via email or phone between sessions.
Call today to find out what makes our mental health providers so special, and learn about the benefits of Thriveworks enrollment. We look forward to hearing from you!