When you’re having tooth pain, you know to go to a dentist rather than a pediatrician. If you break a bone, you’ll go to an orthopedic surgeon, not a dermatologist. For the most part, it’s relatively simple to understand what specialist to see when different parts of our bodies are hurting. However, knowing who to go to when your mental health is suffering does not always feel as clear as it should.
There are many different kinds of mental health professionals, including counselors, life coaches, social workers, psychologists, and psychiatrists. Though all of these professionals work toward the common goal of improving clients’ mental health, psychiatrists are unique among all mental health professionals. They’re medical doctors with a strong understanding of the body and the mind, allowing them to treat a wide variety of mental health issues.
Consider meeting with a psychiatrist if mental illness has become a disruptive force in your daily life. To speak with a board-certified psychiatrist, consider scheduling a remote appointment at Thriveworks Counseling in Flowood, MS, today. One of our team members can help you schedule your first phone or video call session.
Why Should I Seek the Help of a Psychiatrist?
Psychiatry is a branch of medicine focused on studying, diagnosing, treating, and preventing mental disorders, emotional disturbances, and abnormal behavior. Every psychiatrist attends medical school, in addition to a residency.
This intensive training gives them a deep understanding of the human mind and body alike and how they interact. Some of the mental health issues that can be treated by a psychiatrist include:
- Bipolar disorder
- Depressive disorders (i.e., major depressive disorder and persistent depressive disorder)
- Anxiety disorders (i.e., generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder)
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Substance abuse and addiction issues
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Eating disorders
Treatment for people suffering from these disturbances and disorders often involves a combination of medication and talk therapy. One of the biggest distinguishing characteristics of psychiatrists is that they are the only mental health professionals with the ability to prescribe medications. Medications can help reduce the symptoms of a mental health issue and make it easier to treat.
Our psychiatrists are experts in helping people prioritize their mental wellness and work through the mental health issues they’re facing. If you want to work with one of our online psychiatrists, call our office at Thriveworks Counseling in Flowood, MS, today.
What To Expect From Psychiatry Sessions
Working with a psychiatrist is similar to working with other types of mental health professionals. They’ll use the first session to get to know you, the symptoms you’re facing, and your goals for treatment. The information you give them will form the base of a personalized treatment plan that will be implemented over future sessions.
Most treatment plans will involve some form of psychotherapy, also known as talk therapy. Psychotherapy involves a series of guided conversations between client and provider that can help you understand your state of mind, learn healthy mental habits, and reduce the symptoms of a mental health issue. This process can be long-term or short-term, depending on your needs.
Psychiatrists are the main point of contact for clients who take medications. As you start a medication, a psychiatrist will take the time to go over instructions on the benefits and potential side effects. Once you are regularly taking medication, you and your psychiatrist will meet to discuss your progress, any side effects you may be experiencing, if you need to change the dosage of the medication, add a new one, and whether this medication is working for you. Your psychiatrist can also provide an exit plan if you are ready to stop taking the medication and answer any other questions or concerns you may have.
Would you like to improve your mental wellbeing? If you’re ready to set up your first appointment with an online psychiatrist, call our office at Thriveworks Counseling in Flowood, MS.
Schedule Your First Session With a Board-Certified Psychiatrist at Thriveworks Counseling
Do you want to work with one of our licensed psychiatrists? Consider calling our office at Thriveworks Counseling in Flowood, MS. One of our scheduling specialists can help you find a time that works for your schedule.
Our psychiatrists work with their clients through easy, convenient online psychiatry appointments. You can work with a psychiatrist over the phone or through a video call. Many of our clients love accessing mental health services without leaving their homes. These flexible appointments make it easy for you to get started — in fact, some of our new clients can meet with a psychiatrist within just 24-48 hours after calling.
Call us today at Thriveworks Counseling in Flowood, MS, to work with one of our board-certified psychiatrists. We can’t wait to help you thrive.