The writer Ursula K. Le Guin once stated, “The only questions that really matter are the ones you ask yourself.” Humans can spend their lives trying to understand their purpose in the world. They can question what they value most, and why they are the way they are. Not every question will be answered in their lifetimes, but people can always strive to get closer to the answers. One of the ways that people can enhance these modes of self-inquiry is through therapy. Talking to a psychiatrist or another mental health provider can be a clarifying, illuminating practice that can change one’s life for the better.
The psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Spring, TX have the in-depth knowledge and training to help people who are experiencing mental health issues. Mental health isn’t always clearly defined. The origins of mental health issues can be complex, involving a multiplicity of genetic and environmental factors. But the only way out is through, as they say. A doctor who specializes in diagnosing, treating, and helping to prevent mental health conditions can teach people a wealth of knowledge about who they are and what goals they’re capable of achieving in life.
What Is the Difference Between a Psychologist and a Psychiatrist?
The mental health field comprises multiple specialties, including psychiatry. Psychiatrists are doctors of medicine–MDs–who graduated from medical school. These medical doctors specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions like anxiety, depression, and personality disorders. They treat mental conditions with psychotherapy as well as prescription medication like antidepressants.
A psychologist also specializes in mental health, but they cannot prescribe medication. They can be counseling psychologists or clinical psychologists.
Thriveworks in Spring, TX also employs these additional, fully licensed mental health providers:
- 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 more long term and in-depth examination of the psyche than counseling.
- Licensed clinical social workers (LCSWs), who provide counseling and guidance for social services.
- Licensed marriage and family therapists (LMFTs), who treat couples and family members for relationship issues.
Should I See a Psychiatrist After Having a Panic Attack?
A panic attack may be a sign of panic disorder, a condition that afflicts people with acute anxiety. Panic attacks can be frightening, especially if you’ve never had one before. Psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Spring, TX can help clients understand the origins of panic disorder. They can prescribe medication or use therapeutic approaches like cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) that can allay symptoms.
Other signs that someone may benefit from seeing a psychiatrist include the following:
- Extreme mood swings or sadness that endure longer than two weeks after childbirth, which might indicate postpartum depression
- Compulsive behaviors or mental fixations that interfere with daily functioning, which may indicate obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Difficulty concentrating, which might indicate attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Atypical eating behaviors, which might indicate anorexia nervosa or bulimia nervosa
- Exhaustion, anhedonia, and overwhelming sadness, which might indicate major depression
- Manias and sleeplessness, which might indicate bipolar disorder (manic depression)
What Are the Best Treatments for Anxiety and Depression?
People with anxiety and depression usually respond well to high quality treatment. The mental health providers at Thriveworks in Spring, TX are recruited from the top 4% of applicants, ensuring that psychiatrists and therapists are at the peak of their field. Depending on the individual, providers may use any of the following treatments to successfully tackle anxiety and/or depression:
- Psychotropic medication like antidepressants
- Interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT)
- Person-centered therapy (PCT)
- Existential therapy
- 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
- Couples counseling
- Family therapy
- Anger management
- Substance abuse treatment
- Emotion-focused therapy (EFT)
- Narrative therapy
- Lifestyle modifications that address nutrition and exercise
- Psychosocial interventions like support groups
- Motivation enhancement therapy (MET)
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy (EMDR)
How Do Psychiatrists Diagnose Mental Health Conditions?
Psychiatrists at Thriveworks in Spring, TX diagnose mental health conditions by taking a careful, comprehensive assessment of a client. This assessment may include the following elements:
- A physical
- Medical history
- Psychological tests
- Discussion of symptoms, both cognitive and behavioral
- Psychoeducation on mental health conditions
- Discussion of lifestyle
- A psychosocial evaluation
- Family medical history
A diagnosis and treatment plan can always be adapted based on monitoring results and getting the client’s feedback.
See a Licensed Psychiatrist Online at Thriveworks in Spring, TX
New clients can call the Thriveworks office in Spring, TX today to schedule an appointment with an exceptional, fully licensed psychiatrist. Most clients can meet with their psychiatrist for an online counseling session within 24-48 hours of their call. They can also access their provider by phone or email between sessions. We look forward to getting you the help you deserve!