What You Need to Know About Psychiatrists

Deciding to visit a psychiatrist can be a significant first step for someone with mental health challenges. Typically, they have been told by either their general medical doctor or a therapist that visiting a psychiatrist would be beneficial. It is recommended for people with certain mental health conditions to go to a psychiatrist to be prescribed different medications or receive other treatments.

Common mental health disorders treated by a psychiatrist

The medications can be beneficial for helping to cope with certain symptoms related to many psychiatric conditions. A few of the most typical conditions that someone may have, along with co-occurring psychiatric diagnosis include:

  • Major Depressive Disorder (MDD)
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Panic Disorders
  • ADD/ADHD
  • Bi-Polar Disorder (I and II)
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Personality Disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Why a psychiatrist when any doctor can prescribe the medications?

Psychiatry is a very intense field. Although medical doctors are trained in medicine and can prescribe the same medications that psychiatrists can, it is important to have someone knowledgeable of these disorders who will know the best medications for a person to take.

There are typically co-occurring disorders in psychiatry. One example would be that people with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) typically have Generalized Anxiety. However, the depression could also be the “down” time for someone with Bi-Polar Disorder which is followed by a time of increased activity referred to as “mania.” People also refer to it as “Manic Depression” because of the many ups and downs.

It is vital that people with Bi-Polar Disorder not be prescribed anti-depressant medications that would be prescribed to people with Generalized Anxiety Disorder or MDD. These medications can cause people to go into a manic phase if they have Bi-Polar Disorder.

Although this is only one example, it is the reason that psychiatrists have an additional seven years of studying that focuses only on psychiatric illnesses, disorders, and current treatment options.

Are Psychologists and Psychiatrists the same thing?

Although both professionals work and study the field of Psychology, they are very different. Psychological therapists focus on different strategies to help people who have many mental disorders and challenges work through their day to day life. Psychiatrists focus on the medication-based treatment of these conditions. Typically someone’s therapist and psychiatrist will compare notes and make suggestions for how the other should help the patient.

Having both when overcoming and working through different psychiatric disorders and diagnosis is beneficial. It is also recommended that someone who visits a psychiatrist should include therapy with a psychologist in their mental health routine.

What are the most common reasons to visit a psychiatrist?

People may experience different symptoms including depression, anxiety, trouble concentrating, restlessness, panic attacks, and trouble sleeping. By visiting a psychiatrist, a person can receive a full psychiatric evaluation and narrow down the possible disorder or co-occurring disorders that might be causing the troubling symptoms.

Because of their knowledge, they can provide someone with a comprehensive diagnosis and treat them with different medication options. Because everyone responds differently to different medications, it may be necessary to try different options and dosages over an extended period.

Psychiatrists have been trained on how to handle these medications in much more detail than a general medical doctor.

Ready to have a consultation with a psychiatrist?

Do you and/or your doctor believe that you would benefit from having a psychiatrist included in your medical team? Contact us today and we will get you scheduled for a time to sit down with the psychiatrist and make positive strides in your general and mental health.

Request an appointment here: https://www.evolvepsychiatry.com or call Evolve Psychiatry at (631) 773-1096 for an appointment in our Massapequa office.

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