For some medical problems, individuals need to seek the care of a specialist, such as a cardiologist or surgeon. Mental health is no different. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor that is a specialist in the field of mental health. They are able to diagnose, treat, and manage mental health issues. A psychiatrist is a person who has completed undergraduate school, medical school, completed a one year internship, and then also completed three years as a psychiatry resident.
Treatment from a psychiatrist is one of the highest levels of care in the mental health world. Despite the common misconception, this does not mean that psychiatrists treat only the most seriously mentally ill.
Many people believe that psychiatrists are only for those that have serious mental health issues or that they only work at inpatient facilities. On the contrary, psychiatrists are able to treat the spectrum of mental health issues, and see patients with any level of severity in their issues. One of the greatest advantages to working with a psychiatrist is that this type of provider has the ability to prescribe medication when needed. The use and management of prescription medication is vital to recovery for many individuals. As a medical doctor, a psychiatrist can oversee the medication and its affect on other parts of a person’s health, such as blood pressure and weight. Those suffering from depression, anxiety issues, ADD and ADHD, among many others, can greatly benefit from medication.
At Thriveworks, we understand that it can be very difficult to make that first call for help. If you are seeking help for a loved one, you may have been trying to convince them to get treatment for quite some time. If they finally agree or you finally make the call for help, it can be extremely discouraging to find that the next available appointment is in two weeks. Unfortunately, this is common in many counseling practices. At Thriveworks, we do not operate with a waiting list. We are ready to help when you need us.
Let us put our expertise to work for you. It would be our honor to walk with you on this journey of healing.