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87,073 people sought psychiatry/medication help in Texas in the last year

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Our psychiatric NPs in Little Elm are booked, but we have 54 other psychiatric NPs in TX available for an online or in-person session.

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What is psychiatry?

Psychiatry is a branch of medicine that focuses specifically on the medical and psychotherapeutic treatment of mental conditions and disorders.

How does psychiatry work?

Psychiatry allows people struggling to manage mental conditions or disorders to get access to medications that will make daily functioning easier, as well as work through any mental factors that might be causing or worsening their condition. Though medications can't cure mental disorders, medication can make symptoms more manageable, making the process of psychotherapeutic treatment easier and more effective. Psychiatric care can be available through in-person psychiatry and online psychiatry, depending on where you live and your own preferences. However, psychiatric providers at Thriveworks in Little Elm, TX specifically offer online psychiatry to their clients.

Does psychiatry deal with anxiety?

Psychiatrists are among the mental health professionals who can prescribe anxiety medication, and they are also capable of offering therapeutic treatment for anxiety as well, though not every psychiatric professional offers therapy. Medication management can be offered via in-person or online psychiatry.

What is the difference between a mental health therapist and psychiatrist?

A therapist has an education specifically rooted in therapeutic practice, approaches, techniques, and treatment. They cannot prescribe medications for clients, thought they often refer clients to psychiatrists for medication management. Psychiatrists are medically trained doctors who specialize in mental health treatment, mainly through medication management and prescription, though they can also practice therapy.

What's the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychologists and psychiatrists receive differing educations, as psychologists are not medically trained the same way that psychiatrists are. Psychologists mainly specialize in providing therapy services and diagnoses for mental disorders — something that most therapists cannot provide — while psychiatrists manage medications and sometimes provide therapy services. The main difference is that psychologists (generally) cannot prescribe medications the way psychiatrists can.

Do psychiatric NPs treat mental disorders?

Psychiatric nurse practitioners (NPs) treat and diagnose disorders, prescribe and manage medications, and offer psychotherapy services, too.

How do psychiatriac providers diagnose?

Oftentimes, psychiatrists or psychiatric professionals will perform a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, which involves an in-depth discussion about your symptoms, medical history, and current medications. Once they reach a diagnosis, they may suggest starting certain medications depending on your condition and the intensity of your symptoms.

Is psychiatry/medication conducted in person or online?

At Thriveworks, we offer online psychiatry as well as in-person therapy services for optimal comfort and convenience.

How long does psychiatry last?

Psychiatric services at Thriveworks Little Elm can last for as little or as much time as the client needs to reach their treatment goals, whether that be a month or two or over the course of years. treatment length is heavily dependent on the condition(s) being treated, the course of treatment, and the client's goals for treatment.

Need more help deciding?

The author Eckhart Tolle once stated, “Much suffering, much unhappiness arises when you take each thought that comes into your head for the truth.” Anxiety and depression are two examples of mental health conditions that can convince you things are far scarier and more negative than they are in reality. When someone is experiencing a mental health condition, feelings can start to seem like facts. But they’re not. 

Mental health conditions are caused by complex interactions between a person’s environment, neurochemistry, and genetics. There’s no one to blame for these states, especially not yourself. If you find yourself experiencing psychological or behavioral changes that are interfering with your daily functioning, you may benefit from the mental health services of a psychiatrist.

The licensed psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Little Elm, TX are recruited from the top 4% of providers. This means they’re exceptionally qualified to help people who are experiencing mental health and behavioral conditions. Thriveworks psychiatrists treat more than the diagnosis. They treat the whole individual, and they do so with compassion, insight, and expertise.

Does Psychiatry Count as Primary Care?

Psychiatry is the branch of medicine that deals with diagnosing, treating, and helping to prevent complex mental health conditions that can affect peoples’ lives. Psychiatrists are doctors of medicine who graduated from medical school with MD degrees. They excel at understanding the underlying physiological origins of mental health conditions (like bipolar disorder and anxiety) that are listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Because of this understanding, psychiatrists are qualified to prescribe medications like antidepressants in the treatment of mental health conditions. 

Other fully licensed mental health providers that clients may encounter at Thriveworks in Little Elm, TX include the following:

  • Psychologists (PhDs or PsyDs), who have doctorate degrees in psychology. Psychologists can be counseling psychologists or clinical psychologists and they do psychotherapy (talk therapy). They are not medical doctors, thus they cannot prescribe medication as psychiatrists can.
  • Licensed professional counselors (LPCs), who provide solution-focused counseling, usually for people with specific issues.
  • Psychotherapists, who are any providers who do psychotherapy, which is usually a longer-term and more in-depth examination of the psyche.
  • Licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs), who provide counseling and guidance for social services.
  • Licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs), who treat couples or family members for interpersonal issues in group therapy. 

Do Psychiatrists Do CBT?

Psychiatrists are trained in medical school in a variety of psychotherapies. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is one of the most effective, evidence-based therapeutic treatments used by mental health providers of all kinds. Many psychiatrists practice it, or they can refer a client to a Thriveworks psychotherapist who specializes in it. 

In addition to CBT, mental health providers at Thriveworks in Little Elm, TX might use any of the following approaches as part of a comprehensive plan to treat mental health conditions:

  • Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT)
  • Person-centered therapy (PCT)
  • Existential therapy
  • Psychotropic medication like antidepressants
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Exposure therapy, especially for specific phobias
  • Systematic desensitization therapy
  • Psychodynamic psychotherapy
  • Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
  • Mindfulness therapy
  • Holistic therapy like meditation training or progressive muscle relaxation
  • Supportive-expressive therapy
  • Anger management
  • Emotion-focused therapy (EFT)
  • Narrative therapy
  • Lifestyle modifications that address nutrition and exercise
  • Psychosocial interventions like support groups
  • Motivation enhancement therapy (MET)
  • Biofeedback 
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR)
  • Family therapy
  • Couples therapy or marriage counseling

How Do Psychiatrists Diagnose Mental Health Conditions?

Psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Little Elm, TX diagnose mental health conditions using a variety of assessments, including the following:

  • A patient physical
  • Medical history
  • Psychological tests
  • Discussion of symptoms, both cognitive and behavioral
  • Psychoeducation on mental health conditions
  • Discussion of lifestyle habits
  • A psychosocial evaluation
  • A family medical history

What Are Mental Health Symptoms You Should Never Ignore?

Mental health conditions often have overlapping symptoms and indications. For example, both depression and anxiety might manifest in social isolation, substance abuse, or trouble sleeping. It requires a qualified psychiatrist like the providers at Thriveworks in Little Elm, TX to take the full measure of symptoms and make an accurate diagnosis. Some symptoms that might indicate a mental health disorder that could benefit from professional treatment include the following:

  • “Baby blues” enduring more than two weeks after childbirth, which may indicate postpartum depression
  • Racing heart, sweating, and hyperventilation accompanying extreme worries, which might indicate panic attacks, panic disorder, or generalized anxiety disorder
  • Difficulty concentrating, which might indicate attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Eating issues, which might indicate anorexia or bulimia
  • Extreme lethargy and overwhelming sadness, which might indicate depression

Get Premium Mental Health Care with Thriveworks Psychiatry in Little Elm, TX

If you are concerned about your psychological or behavioral symptoms that are interfering with your life, call Thriveworks in Little Elm, TX to make an appointment with a licensed psychiatrist. Thriveworks providers can meet with clients through online counseling sessions, and they accept most major forms of health insurance coverage. Call today and get the help you need as early as tomorrow.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Little Elm therapists and counselors accept 39 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Ambetter by Superior Health Plan

  • APEX Memorial Hermann

  • ARIA | Covenant Management Systems

  • Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program (FEP)

  • Auto Club Enterprises (Employers Health Network)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Exchange

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas HMO

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas PPO

  • Buist Byars and Taylor (Employers Health Network)

  • Carelon

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Getting here

Thriveworks in Little Elm, TX is located in the same building as Thy Spa & Wellness, The Barber Experience, Mark Ray MD Dermatology, Premier Wellness Clinics, and Minifig Market, as well as many other businesses. Craft Pies Pizza Company is also nearby, as well as Kroger, Aldi, Hat Creek Burger Company, and SOI Brow Threading. El Dorado Parkway is also near our location.

Phone number

(972) 362-9713

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