We are all inundated with personal mental health challenges weekly or even daily. One day you might feel on top of the world and then the next, you get knocked down a peg or two.
When those mental health challenges involve a mental illness or mental disorder, it’s important that we talk to a psychiatrist. These professionals can assess our case and then make a recommendation for treatment. Consider Howie and his anxiety:
Howie is struggling with anxiety in virtually every area of his life. He experiences out-of-control thoughts on a daily basis about different events. For example, when he’s at work, he wonders if his coworkers are all talking about him in secret. He assumes that they all hate him. Howie is even anxious about his marriage but has no reason to be. His wife tells him every day how much she loves him and how much he means to her. But Howie can’t stop thinking that she’s lying. And he is just waiting for the day that she leaves him.
A psychiatrist can assess and diagnose Howie’s anxiety. They can also talk to Howie about his anxious thoughts and put them into perspective in talk therapy. And if they determine that Howie could also benefit from medication, they can help him find a medication that helps him better manage his symptoms.
If you’re like Howie and you are experiencing anxiety or another mental health condition, consider talking to an online psychiatrist at Thriveworks in Bethlehem, PA. An online psychiatrist can assess your problem and offer treatment online. They might need you to come in on occasion, but the majority of your sessions can occur over the phone or video conference.
Should I Meet with a Psychiatrist or a Psychologist?
Psychiatrists are medical doctors who have been years of education, training, and experience in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. Psychologists, on the other hand, are mental health professionals who have a masters or a doctorate in psychology. Psychologists specialize in helping individuals manage their mental health challenges, from problems in their relationship to family issues, anger issues, stress, and mental illness.
A major difference between these two is that a psychiatrist prescribes medications and can provide medication management. If you are experiencing any of the following, you may benefit from talking to a psychiatrist over a psychologist:
- Harmful symptoms like depressive feelings, anxious thoughts, thoughts of self harm, irritability, lack of focus
- Symptoms of an eating disorder such as anorexia or bulimia
- Addictive behaviors
- Symptoms of emotional disorders
- Problems with long term sleep disturbances
- Difficulty managing a condition you were already diagnosed with
- Trouble returning to normal life after experiencing trauma
A psychiatrist can help you in the above scenarios as well as others. The bottom line is that if you have a serious mental health problem, you should talk to a professional. And psychiatrists are able to offer:
- Psychological tests
- Medication management
It might be a little nerve-racking scheduling a psychiatry appointment. But we want you to know that you are taking an important step in receiving the help that you need to live better. Nobody deserves to suffer from a mental illness to no resolve.
Schedule a Psychiatry Appointment at Thriveworks in Bethlehem, PA
The Thriveworks psychiatric team is ready to see you now. You can schedule an appointment with one of our online psychiatrists with ease. Just call our office and a member of our scheduling team will assist you.
In addition to working with a psychiatrist from the comfort of home (with the exception of an occasional in-person visit), you can look forward to the following benefits:
- Access to your provider between sessions as needed
- Scheduling support and assistance 7 days a week
- Appointments within 24-48 hours
- Flexible scheduling options in the evenings and on weekends
If you are struggling with symptoms of a mental disorder or another serious mental health problem, our Lehigh Valley team wants to help. We can assess your specific situation, offer a diagnosis (if warranted), and offer an effective treatment regimen, which might involve therapy, medication, or both.