When it comes to treating difficult mental health conditions, like stubborn forms of anxiety, depression, anger, and other issues, psychiatry and medication management techniques are the go-to solutions. Perhaps you’re even looking to talk to a psychiatrist—but maybe aren’t sure where to begin. Or if they can help you.
Our psychiatric providers at Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Round Rock can assist with many types of mental health conditions, even if you aren’t sure what’s wrong. You can work together with your psychiatric nurse practitioner (NP) who will craft an individualized psychiatric treatment plan that addresses your needs and concerns step by step. Schedule a telepsychiatry appointment with us today.
What Is Psychiatry?
Psychiatry is a mental health field that focuses on diagnosing and treating mental health conditions. Unlike other mental health professionals, psychiatrists and psychiatric nurse practitioners can utilize medications (known as medication management) to treat mental health conditions. Psychiatrists and NPs are often licensed therapists, as well.
With their strong medical background, these providers can assist clients in unique ways. Psychiatric professionals can:
- Diagnose and treat persistent or severe mental health disorders and conditions
- Prescribe helpful medication to alleviate a client’s symptoms
- Use a combinative approach with both therapy and prescriptions
Psychiatrists and NPs are also able to collaborate with therapists, social workers, and counselors to offer medication management services together with therapy. And for some conditions, especially complex ones like anxiety, treatment with medication and psychotherapy is far more effective than either treatment on its own.
But in general, only psychiatrists and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners (PMHNPs) can prescribe medications, while psychologists, counselors, and therapists can not.
Is Psychiatry Right for Me?
One of the benefits of psychiatry and medication management is the wide swath of mental health conditions that can be treated with the right prescription. This means NPs and psychiatrists are experts at getting to know their clients so that they get it right when diagnosing different mental health conditions.
It’s okay if you aren’t sure you have a certain condition or issue before your first appointment. Scheduling a psychiatry and medication management appointment will give you the opportunity to talk about what you’re experiencing, and your provider will discuss possible next steps with you.
Some of the general symptoms that many clients report led them to seek psychiatry and medication services include:
- Extreme fears or anxiety
- Panic attacks
- Obsessive thinking or behavioral patterns
- Emotional outbursts
- Hallucinations or delusions
- Changes in sleeping patterns
- Alcohol use or gambling
- Changes in appetite, eating habits, or problems with body image
- Concentration, focus, and memory issues
- Changes in energy levels
- Issues of violence and aggression
- Feelings of despair or worthlessness
Some mental health issues can be caused by underlying medical issues, substance use, or new medications. A psychiatrist or nurse practitioner will first want to rule out physiological causes for your distress. This may involve a full physical assessment in addition to your psychological intake.
How Can Thriveworks Psychiatry Help You?
Our psychiatrists are expert listeners. If you’re considering psychiatric services, it’s best to know that generally, psychiatrists are better equipped to treat more severe cases of mental health disorders and conditions that ordinary therapy measures might not help to alleviate.
Some common conditions and disorders that our psychiatrists at Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry can help treat include:
- Eating disorders
- Recovery from alcoholism or drug abuse
- Social anxiety
- And many other mental health conditions
Our psychiatrists and NPs at Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Round Rock treat a number of mental health issues online.
Telehealth and Psychiatry
Online psychiatry, also called telepsychiatry or telehealth, simply refers to psychiatric services that are provided over a secure internet or cellular connection. This offers a lot of benefits for the client, as it means that you don’t have to visit your doctor or nurse practitioner at an office or clinic.
Psychiatric services at Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Round Rock are entirely virtual. This means that our online psychiatric services can offer you:
- The chance to prioritize your busy schedule: Online psychiatry is an easy way for those taking care of elderly relatives or watching children to find time to prioritize themselves, too.
- The ability to connect anywhere: There’s no need to travel to a brick-and-mortar office to fill a prescription or to attend a session with your psychiatric NP.
- Privacy: Some people just feel more comfortable having the option to connect with their provider from the comfort of their home or office. With online psychiatry at Thriveworks, you can talk with a knowledgeable expert—without ever leaving the house.
At Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Round Rock we’re here to help you start moving forward with our virtual psychiatric services. Taking the time to truly examine and manage your mental health with the help of one of our psychiatrists could allow you to be more fully engaged and able to function in your daily life.
Book Today with a Thriveworks Psychiatrist in Round Rock, TX
If you’ve been considering whether you should connect with a mental health professional, online psychiatry offers a secure, convenient, and effective way for you to get quality mental health care without missing a beat. It’s worth talking to a provider about whether or not psychiatry and medication management might help you manage your mental health more successfully.
Schedule an introductory appointment with a skilled and empathetic psychiatric professional at Thriveworks today. Our staff is standing by, waiting to hear from you.