You may be stuck in an emotional rut and you don’t know how to escape. You may find yourself behaving in the same way over and over again, even though you know your actions aren’t healthy. We humans experience a wide range of psychological conflicts and disorders. In our busy lives, it’s hard to take the time required to research, examine, and try to understand what’s going on in our heads. Plus we might never have all the answers. Are your thoughts and behaviors “normal” or do they need to be modified a bit so you can live a more fulfilling life? A psychiatrist can help diagnose, treat, and even prevent mental health disorders that might be affecting your happiness.
Psychiatrists are different from counselors, therapists, social workers, and psychologists in that they graduated from medical school with MD degrees. Psychiatrists are trained to identify underlying physical conditions that can affect your feelings and behavior. In addition to diagnosing mental health disorders, they can also prescribe medication to treat them effectively. And at Thriveworks, you can look forward to receiving their care online because our psychiatrists work with their clients in a virtual environment, over the telephone and video. If you’re interested in scheduling a telepsychiatry appointment, give Thriveworks in Lakewood, OH a call.
Don’t Neglect Your Brain Chemistry: See a Psychiatrist
When Sophia entered her teenage years, she started suffering from periodic episodes of depression. She had always loved school and getting good grades. Suddenly she didn’t want to attend classes anymore, and she had a hard time focusing on her homework. She felt like none of it mattered. Eventually she would start feeling a little better and be able to return to her regularly scheduled life. But then in her 20s the depression struck again. This time it was worse than before. She stopped showing up for the job that she used to love. She didn’t return phone calls from her friends or family. She felt like she was broken. What could be going on?
Sophia finally reached out to a psychiatrist to ask for help. In their online sessions, the psychiatrist learned about Sophia’s mental health history and her teenage bouts with depression. She asked Sophia a lot of questions to uncover the origins of her episodes. She listened to Sophia’s concerns about medication and side effects. Finally, she and Sophia came up with a treatment plan that included cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) with a psychologist as well as antidepressants to address underlying brain chemistry. Sophia finally felt that she had the help she needed.
Talk therapy and behavioral interventions can benefit clients, but if there’s an underlying problem with brain chemistry, you need a psychiatrist to diagnose and treat you with medication. One of the expert psychiatrists or certified psychiatric nurses on the Thriveworks clinical staff in Lakewood, OH, can provide you with treatment options.
What Conditions Can a Psychiatrist Treat?
A Thriveworks psychiatrist in Lakewood, OH, is trained to diagnose and treat the following conditions:
- Bipolar I and II disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Clinical depression
- Borderline personality disorder
The above list is not definitive. And disorders aren’t mutually exclusive. Mental health issues and symptoms are often interconnected. In any case, our psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Lakewood, OH can help.
Do Psychiatrists and Psychologists Work Together?
Psychiatrists may diagnose a condition, then refer you to a therapist or another provider for regular counseling sessions. They may collaborate with another member of your mental health team on medication management and compliance.
Psychiatric treatment isn’t one-size-fits-all, and it can change over time. Not every client needs to be on psychiatric medication forever. Other clients find that they can be on medication long-term with few side effects. And some clients don’t require medication at all and find that they benefit solely from talk therapy with a Thriveworks counselor or psychologist in Lakewood, OH. It all depends on your assessment and your specific needs.
Talk to a Thriveworks Psychiatrist in Lakewood, OH
When you’re enrolled with Thriveworks in Lakewood, OH, you get the benefit of convenient telepsychiatry appointments. Many clients find that they’re more comfortable speaking to a doctor from the comfort of home, via video chat. And fortunately, Thriveworks accepts medical insurance for online psychiatry. Plus it’s easier to schedule so as not to cause work disruptions.
It’s never too late to ask for help from a mental health expert. When your car breaks down, you take it to the mechanic. When you’re suffering emotionally, you reach out to Thriveworks in Lakewood, OH. Our mental health providers, including licensed psychiatrists, have the extensive training and experience to address the struggles in your life.
Enrolling at Thriveworks means that you can call or email your psychiatrist directly whenever you want. You can also benefit from office hours that include evenings and weekends. Call today to schedule your first appointment.