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 Henrico, 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 Henrico 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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Can a Psychiatric NP Help Me?
Psychiatric NPs are experts with medical school training in the treatment, management, and prevention of mental illness. They can help people suffering from a wide variety of mental and emotional disorders, including:
- Major depressive disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Eating disorders
- Anxiety and panic disorders
- Addiction and substance abuse disorders
- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
Psychiatric Treatment Options Available
Psychiatric treatment looks different for everyone, depending on a person’s specific presentation of symptoms. Psychiatric NPs are qualified to recommend treatment plans that are unique to each client’s specific situation.
Psychiatric NPs can also prescribe medications. While medication isn’t a part of everyone’s psychiatric treatment plan, it can help reduce symptoms for some people.
The most important thing to understand about mental health treatment is that you’re in control. Therapy sessions are often driven by what you want to discuss. Think of mental health treatment like a partnership — you’ll be working together with your provider to find relief and overcome your struggles.
Do you want to start working with a psychiatric NP? Consider calling Thriveworks Counseling in Short Pump, VA.
Set Up a Psychiatry Appointment in Short Pump, VA
Our psychiatric NPs work with their clients through convenient online appointments. This makes therapy easy to schedule and allows you to work with your provider from the comfort of your own home. We also offer evening and weekend sessions and a convenient cancellation policy.
We accept many major insurance plans, so care might be more affordable than you think. You can also get started quickly, as many of our new clients can have their first session scheduled within 7 days of contacting our team.
Psychiatric NPs can help you find a sense of long-term peace and happiness in your life. If you want to work with one of our psychiatric NPs, call our office at Thriveworks Counseling in Short Pump, VA today.