Seeking help for mental health disorders is often stigmatized to the point that people end up not getting the treatment that they need. Some people mistakenly believe that they are somehow to blame for their mental illness, or that they are forever stuck dealing with feelings of depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders.
This simply isn’t the case. It’s important to know that you aren’t alone and that many people get psychiatric support for a range of reasons. Millions of people, from students and teachers to athletes and celebrities, work with licensed mental health professionals to manage their symptoms and get their lives back on track.
Take the singer and rapper Lizzo, for example. She always seems so bright and vivacious but she admits to struggling with depression, low self-esteem, and body image issues that got so bad she even considered leaving her music career behind her. After working with a licensed professional, she has been able to cope with those feelings more effectively and get her life and career back on track.
Are you ready to take the next step in your own mental health journey? If so, the board-certified psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Arlington, TX are here to help.
What Kinds of Disorders Do Psychiatrists Treat?
Unlike other types of therapists, psychiatrists are board-certified doctors who are able to provide a unique medical perspective when it comes to the diagnosis and treatment of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. Psychiatrists can assess both your psychological and physical symptoms and administer the full range of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy and medication.
Psychiatrists are equipped to treat a wide variety of mental, behavioral, and emotional disorders, including:
- Depression and other mood disorders
- Panic disorder and other anxiety disorders
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- ADD and ADHD
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Eating disorders
Psychological problems are common and can be treatable under the supervision of a licensed psychiatrist. Contact us at Thriveworks in Arlington, TX to schedule a psychiatry appointment today.
What To Expect From Psychiatric Treatment
For a psychiatrist to obtain their license, they must earn an MD (Doctor of Medicine) or a DO (Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine). They must also complete a three to four-year psychiatry residency in addition to their years in medical school.
The training and education psychiatrists obtain gives them the knowledge they need to diagnose mental illnesses and guide people on the path to healing. To start, a psychiatrist will review your medical history and assess your symptoms in order to arrive at a diagnosis. From there, they may incorporate one or more types of therapy to help you address any underlying concerns.
As medical doctors, psychiatrists are also able to prescribe medications as needed. Some types of medication include:
- Antidepressants: Antidepressants can boost serotonin in the brain to enhance mood.
- Stimulants: Stimulants are used to improve attention and alertness.
- Mood stabilizers: Mood stabilizers can reduce the occurrence of uncontrollable mood swings.
- Anti-anxiety medications: Anti-anxiety medications can prevent panic attacks or other severe anxiety symptoms from occurring.
If your psychiatrist determines that medication would be helpful for your situation, they can monitor your dosage and ensure the prescription is having the desired effect. They can also either provide psychotherapy services directly or coordinate with another Thriveworks professional in Arlington, TX to carry out that part of your treatment plan.
Schedule a Psychiatry Appointment at Thriveworks in Arlington, TX
At Thriveworks, we understand that starting therapy can feel like a big move. That’s why we make it as easy as possible to get started. Call our office and you could get seen by a psychiatrist in as little as 24-48 hours. We offer early morning, evening, and weekend sessions, which makes fitting appointments into your schedule a breeze.
For added convenience, our psychiatry sessions are conducted by phone or video so you can meet with a psychiatrist from the comfort of your own home. If something comes up that requires you to reschedule, you can also take advantage of our flexible cancellation policy.
Thriveworks accepts many major insurance plans and our clients also have access to our providers between appointments via phone or email. Additionally, our clients enjoy access to educational video content, our moderated online discussion forums, and our Therapy Buddy smartphone app.
When you’re ready to speak to one of our licensed psychiatrists, click our booking widget or give us a call at Thriveworks in Arlington, TX. We look forward to helping you thrive.