The Role of a Psychiatrist

What is a Psychiatrist?

A psychiatrist is a medical specialist who can prescribe medications and other forms of therapy to treat mental health conditions, emotional issues, and behavioral problems.

The Differences Between a Psychiatrist, Psychologist, and a Therapist

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who can prescribe medications and other therapies. A psychologist is not a medical doctor. A psychologist can help manage mental and behavioral health conditions with counseling and other services. A therapist develops treatment plans involving types of cognitive, behavioral, and other types of counseling and therapies.

Reasons You Might See a Psychiatrist

There are many reasons you might see a psychiatrist. A psychiatrist can help if you are having:

  • Difficulty controlling your emotions

  • Difficulty falling or staying asleep

  • Issues with drug and alcohol abuse

  • A tendency to withdraw from social events

  • Chronic physical aches, pains, and body discomfort

  • Frequent episodes of anxiety or sadness

  • Problems with relationships

  • Problems with work or school performance

Conditions Diagnosed and Treated by a Psychiatrist

A psychiatrist is an expert at diagnosis and treatment of many mental health conditions, including:

  • Depression and anxiety

  • Isolation and loneliness

  • Fears and phobias

  • Relationship issues

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder

  • Manic depression

  • Attention deficit disorder

  • Obsessive compulsive disorder

  • Bipolar disorder

  • Schizophrenia

  • Neurological disorders

Psychiatric Treatment Methods

Depending on the mental health condition, a psychiatrist may recommend medications to stabilize mood, relieve anxiety, or reduce depression. Other psychiatric treatments include psychotherapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and group or individual counseling sessions. A psychiatrist may also place a referral to a hospital or residential treatment facility.

What to Expect During a Telehealth Psychiatric Appointment

During your telehealth appointment, the psychiatrist will perform a comprehensive mental health evaluation. Laboratory work and imaging studies may be ordered to determine if an underlying medical condition is causing the mental health issue. A psychiatrist will develop a treatment plan to reduce or eliminate mental health symptoms, develop effective management of the mental health condition, and discuss coping strategies.

Want To Know More?

To learn more about convenient and private telehealth psychiatric services, talk with the medical professionals at GT Healthcare, offering telehealth psychiatric services to residents of Laguna Beach, San Diego, San Francisco, San Bernardino, Los Angeles and Sacramento, CA. You can reach them in the office by calling (619) 547-1856, so call today.

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