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3,102 people sought psychiatry/medication help at Newport News in the last year

Discover how starting psychiatry/medication therapy can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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Our psychiatric NPs in Newport News are booked, but we have 90 other psychiatric NPs in VA 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 Newport News, 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 Newport News 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 Are Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners (NPs)?

A psychiatric NP is someone who specializes in psychiatric medication. They have the knowledge, skills, training, and experience to help an individual find the right medication for them, based on their illness and specific symptoms. Duties of psychiatric NPs include:

  • Evaluating their client’s symptoms and needs
  • Finding a medication that meets their client’s needs
  • Continually monitoring their client’s use of their medication
  • Adjusting the client’s medication as needed

An online psychiatric NP  conducts their work online! Now, there are certain instances in which one might need to go into the office for an evaluation or check-up, but primarily speaking, the psychiatric NPs at Thriveworks Newport News can provide their clients with medication management services virtually.

What Mental Disorders Might Need Medication?

Psychiatric medication can help to treat many different mental illnesses by alleviating certain symptoms. Here are a few specific examples of the mental illnesses that medication might help to relieve:

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD surfaces after one experiences a traumatic or disturbing event, such as physical abuse, mental abuse, military combat, a natural disaster, or even the death of a loved one. Symptoms of PTSD include:

  • Hypervigilance
  • Anxiety
  • Loneliness and social isolation
  • Loss of interest in day-to-day
  • Emotional detachment

Fortunately, PTSD is highly treatable and both therapy and medication prove effective. If you’re experiencing symptoms of PTSD, our providers can provide you with therapy and/or help you find a medication that will help.

Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression is a very serious type of depression, which new moms (as well as soon-to-be moms) might experience. Symptoms of postpartum depression include:

  • Depressive thoughts and feelings
  • Reduced interest in day-to-day
  • Thoughts of harming herself or her baby
  • Fatigue
  • Feelings of hopelessness
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Changes in appetite/weight
  • Severe mood swings

Again, postpartum depression is a treatable mental health condition, and both therapy and medication prove beneficial. To be more specific, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) can alleviate symptoms of postpartum depression.

Schedule Psychiatry at Thriveworks Newport News

Are you experiencing new symptoms of a mental illness? Are you looking for medication management help? Thriveworks Newport News is here for you. As we mentioned earlier, we have many different mental health professionals who might prove beneficial to your journey. We have online psychiatric NPs who can provide you with medication management.

To begin working with any of our providers, you can contact us right now. We’ll get you scheduled for your first appointment, which you might even have the same or next day! We’ll work to get you in at your earliest convenience.

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 Newport News therapists and counselors accept 26 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia Medicare Advantage

  • Behavioral Health Systems

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Getting here

We are located off of Loftis Blvd, directly across the street from the Sentara Medical Campus. Once you reach the parking lot, you'll see our office (with our logo on the door) at the front of the building parallel to Loftis Blvd.

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(757) 418-8127

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