The psychologist Kurt Lewin once stated, “If you want truly to understand something, try to change it.” Some people suffer from mental health conditions for decades before they get a diagnosis and begin effective treatment. In the meantime, they might think that’s something wrong with them, or their “failure to launch” is their own fault. But a great psychiatrist can change everything. Self-compassion can take the place of self-blame. Proper treatment can take the place of maladaptive coping strategies. And psychoeducation can take the place of blind spots about one’s mental health.
The exceptional psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Nashua, NH can help people address their neglected mental and emotional needs. Psychiatrists can look at complex feelings and behaviors with expert analysis while never sacrificing their humanity. At Thriveworks, the psychiatrists who specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions like depression and anxiety also bring their compassion and meaningful insights to sessions.
Does Psychiatry Count as Primary Care?
Psychiatry is a branch of medicine that isn’t usually considered primary care, though some people argue that it should be. Psychiatrists graduated from medical school with MD (doctor of medicine) degrees. They specialize in the physiological causes of mental health conditions and they use the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) as a guide for treatment.
Other mental health providers that clients might encounter at Thriveworks in Nashua, NH include the following:
- Psychologists (PhDs or PsyDs), who have doctorate degrees in psychology but who are not medical doctors. Psychologists can be counseling psychologists or clinical psychologists and they do psychotherapy (talk therapy). They cannot prescribe medication.
- Licensed professional counselors (LPCs), who provide solution-focused counseling.
- Psychotherapists, who are any providers who do psychotherapy, usually long-term.
- Licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs), who provide counseling and guidance for social services.
- Licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs), who provide expert advice on interpersonal relationships. They can treat couples or family members.
Do Psychiatrists Do CBT?
Psychiatrists are most well-known for treating mental health conditions with psychotropic medication treatment like antidepressants. They also receive training, however, in a variety of psychotherapies including the following:
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which addresses underlying thoughts and beliefs
- Behavioral therapy
- Exposure therapy
- Psychodynamic therapy
- Lifestyle modifications
- Psychosocial interventions
- Mindfulness therapy
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR)
Before psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Nashua, NH can determine the best treatment plan, they need to give the patient a full medical and psychological evaluation. This evaluation can include the following elements:
- A patient physical
- Discussion of goals for treatment
- Discussion of symptoms, both cognitive and behavioral
- Psychoeducation on mental health conditions
- Discussion of lifestyle habits
- A psychosocial evaluation
- A family medical history
- Psychological tests
Once a psychiatrist and a client decide together on a treatment plan, that plan doesn’t need to remain in place if it doesn’t prove useful or effective. Psychiatrists make follow-up appointments with clients to track their progress. This is especially critical if a client is beginning a new course of medication. Psychiatrists need to monitor side effects and manage the medication to make sure it’s having a beneficial effect.
What Are the Types of Mental Health Conditions?
Mental health conditions are defined by their symptoms, and symptoms of one condition can often overlap with others. For example, both depression and anxiety can lead to social isolation. Thriveworks psychiatrists have experience treating numerous mental health conditions, including the following:
- Mood disorders like depression
- Panic disorder (panic attacks)
- Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Bipolar disorder (manic depression)
- Post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD)
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Personality disorders
- Specific phobias
- Anorexia and bulimia
- Sleep disorders
- Addictions and substance abuse issues
Does Insurance Cover Online Psychiatry?
Psychiatry is an essential medical service, thus it’s usually covered by health insurance. Thriveworks providers in Nashua, NH accept most major forms of health insurance coverage, helping to make mental health services affordable for all who need them. Thriveworks also offers reasonable self-pay rates for clients who are paying out-of-pocket.
Speak to a Top-Rated Psychiatrist at Thriveworks in Nashua, NH
You can call the Thriveworks office in Nashua, NH today and meet with your licensed Thriveworks psychiatrist as early as tomorrow. Most first-time Thriveworks clients can have their initial online psychiatry session in as few as 24-48 hours after their website or telephone booking. In addition, Thriveworks clients can access their provider by phone or email between sessions.
Thriveworks psychiatrists are recruited from the top 4% of mental health providers in New Hampshire. This means that Thriveworks clients get the most premium care available, at affordable prices. All virtual appointments are of the same exceptional quality as in-person sessions.
Don’t let your mental health conditions interfere with your daily functioning and goals. Everyone deserves a great doctor. Call the Thriveworks office in Nashua today. We look forward to hearing from you!