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2,388 people sought psychiatry/medication help at Arlington in the last year

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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 Arlington, VA 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 Arlington 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.

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What Is Medication Management? Who Needs It?

Medication management involves the assessment of an individual’s needs for medication, prescribing medication, and monitoring one’s use of this medication. Psychiatric NPs (nurse practitioners) oversee medication management, an important part of treating many different mental health conditions. For example, many people who suffer from depression can benefit from taking antidepressants. Symptoms of depression include:

  • Changes in sleep
  • Loss of appetite
  • Withdrawal from others
  • Reduced concentration
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • General agitation
  • Fatigue
  • Thoughts of suicide

If you are exhibiting any combination of these symptoms, you might be struggling with depression and it’s important that you are evaluated. If diagnosed with depression, a psychiatric NP might then provide you with a prescription medication, which is designed to help you better manage these symptoms. Through medication management, your provider would ensure that you are taking the right medicine, as well as following appropriate usage of the medicine. This all goes back to helping you manage your illness and live a happier life.

Why Is Working with a Psychiatric NP Important?

If you choose to work with an online psychiatric NP at Thriveworks Arlington, your provider will work to ensure that you are receiving the desired outcomes from your medication. It’s important to know that often, it takes some time to start experiencing the expected benefits. However, if you take a given medication for an extended period of time and don’t experience the desired benefits, or there are more downsides than upsides to taking the medication, your psychiatric NP can work with you to find a different medication that will help you. Remember, their main goal is to work toward the betterment of your life. They want to provide you with the right assistance.

In many cases, clients don’t understand fully the effects of their medication. Or, they don’t understand the impact of taking more or less of their medication, taking it at the wrong time, taking it with food despite instructions, etc. Your Thriveworks Arlington online psychiatric NP will make sure that you understand these implications. Medication management is important, and your provider will treat it as such. Your provider will also be sure to go over the potential side effects of your given medication. They don’t want to leave any rock unturned.

Work with a Psychiatric NP at Thriveworks Arlington Counseling

It is super important that you understand your medication’s purpose, correct usage, effectiveness, potential side effects, risks, and so on. If you choose to start sessions with a psychiatric NP at Thriveworks Arlington Counseling, you can trust that your provider will help you understand all of this important information. And again, if you don’t achieve the desired outcome from taking the given medication, they will work with you to find one that does help you.

The Thriveworks mission is to help people live happier, more successful lives. Medication management can play an important part in this mission, specifically for those who are struggling with a mental illness. If this describes you, consider contacting us. We’re dedicated to our mission and we’ll do everything we can to help you live better. In addition to online psychiatric NPs, we have counselors, therapists, psychologists, and life coaches, all of whom are ready to walk with you in your mental health journey.

To schedule your appointment for medication management at Thriveworks Arlington Counseling, call our office a call or book online today.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Arlington therapists and counselors accept 24 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS HMO

  • CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS PPO

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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Erika is a pleasure to work with as she is kind, compassionate and understanding.
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Arlington is located right on Lee Hwy. Nearby businesses include Ski Club of Washington and Assisting Hands Home Care of Arlington. If you travel farther on Lee Hwy past Thriveworks, you’ll see a U-shaped area with other businesses located on N Greenbrier Ct.

Phone number

(703) 457-1749

Languages spoken by VA providers

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