Providing Psychiatry services to Laguna Beach, San Francisco, San Diego, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, & Sacramento, CA
Psychiatry is a medical specialty focusing on mental and behavioral health. Gabrielle Thompson, FNP-C, and her experienced colleagues at GT Healthcare in Laguna Beach, California, specialize in psychiatric services. Each patient receives a thorough assessment, psychological testing, an accurate diagnosis, and effective treatment for conditions ranging from anxiety and mood disorders like depression to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). To find out how you can benefit from high-quality psychiatry services, call or text the GT Healthcare office or book an appointment online today.
What is psychiatry?
Psychiatry concerns the diagnosis and treatment of people suffering from mental health disorders. GT Healthcare offers expert care delivered with compassion. Conditions the practice treats include but are not limited to:
- Anxiety disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Addiction disorders, including gambling addiction
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Dissociative identity disorder
- Social anxiety disorder
- Eating disorders
- Hoarding disorder
- Impulse control disorder
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
These conditions can cause severe, life-changing problems. Some are curable with expert care, but others require lifelong treatment.
Psychiatry also covers developmental disorders, such as attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and autism spectrum disorder (ASD), including Asperger’s syndrome.
In addition, psychiatry can help patients who’ve suffered emotional or sexual abuse and those with neurological conditions like Alzheimer’s.
How do I benefit from psychiatry?
Untreated mental health problems often worsen without proper treatment, making it hard to work, study, maintain relationships, or enjoy a happy family life. As these conditions progress, symptoms can impact ones day to day life in several ways. Early intervention from a psychiatric professional helps you avoid these outcomes. In addition, the sooner you seek help for a psychiatric disorder, the quicker you can recover from your condition or learn to manage it effectively.
The experts in psychiatry at GT Healthcare receive specialized training in the physical changes your body undergoes and the emotional and psychological effects of psychiatric disorders. They offer comprehensive, holistic care that addresses the causes of your condition for optimal recovery.
What treatments are used in psychiatry?
Before designing your personalized treatment plan, your GT Healthcare provider performs a complete assessment. You attend a consultation and undergo psychological testing that keeps accurate diagnosis at the forefront and then determine the treatments most likely to help.
Treatments available at GT Healthcare include:
Medicines often play a vital role in treating psychiatric disorders by reducing the severity of your symptoms. Depending on your diagnosis, medications might include antidepressants, anti-anxiety drugs, stimulants, mood stabilizers, and antipsychotic medications.
Psychotherapy is a broad term for talk therapies. These use various techniques that help you overcome past traumas, cope with current problems, and learn to manage your mental health.
Techniques include cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), interpersonal psychotherapy, group therapy, anger management, and behavioral therapies.