What is Psychiatry?
Psychiatry is the branch of medicine that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental, emotional, and behavioral problems. Psychiatric care providers are licensed medical professionals — a medical doctor (M.D. or D.O.), an advanced nurse practitioner, or a physician assistant. As such, they are qualified to assess both the physical and mental aspects of psychological problems and can prescribe medications.
How does Psychiatry work?
Together, you and your psychiatrist or psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner will explore your symptoms, your personal and family history, and your medical history. Your psychiatric provider may order some physical tests, such as a blood test, to determine the extent to which a physical condition may be contributing to your mental or emotional state. In essence, psychiatry looks at you as a whole person, considering all the physical, mental, and emotional factors that may be causing your problems.
Can Psychiatry help me?
Yes, it can! Psychiatry can successfully diagnose and treat a great variety of mental health conditions (see sidebar). The skilled and experienced professionals who are part of your psychiatric team are trained to recognize the many ways your body and its processes — your physical health — can influence your mental functioning — your mental health — and vice versa.
What can I expect from Psychiatric services at Elite DNA Behavioral Health?
After your assessment, your psychiatric provider will prescribe a course of treatment for you, which may, or may not, include medications. The right medication can be extremely helpful in treating mental health conditions. Should your treatment include medication, we will carefully monitor its effectiveness for you. Medication management is a vitally important step in the treatment process. We will call your prescription in to your preferred local pharmacy. If you receive mail order delivery through your insurance, you will be able to receive your medication through mail order as well.
Your personalized mental health treatment plan may include some form of psychotherapy. Psychotherapy and psychiatry are different disciplines with the same goal — to provide healing to patients living with mental, behavioral, or emotional conditions that affect their quality of life. They differ in their approach, but both can be an important part of your mental health treatment plan. As we explained above, psychiatry includes the use of medicine prescribed by a licensed medical professional (doctor or nurse practitioner). Psychotherapy can help you process trauma and give you tools to deal with stress, anxiety, and depression without the use of medication. The beauty of the Elite DNA Behavioral Health treatment model is that we provide both services under one roof; you can remain with the people and place you are comfortable with. Remember, you are not alone.
Psychiatry can help you if you live with:
- Neurodevelopmental disorders, including autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit disorder, and tic disorders such as Tourette’s Syndrome
- Schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders
- Postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety
- Bipolar disorders
- Depressive disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Obsessive-compulsive and related disorders
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other stress-related disorders
- Attachment disorders
- Dissociative disorders
- Somatic symptoms and related disorders, like hypochondria
- Feeding and eating disorders
- Sleep-wake disorders, like insomnia and narcolepsy
- Gender Identity Issues in children and adults
- Disruptive, impulse control, and conduct disorders
- Substance-related and addictive disorders
- Neurocognitive disorders including Alzheimer’s disease
- Personality disorders
- Relational problems, abuse and neglect, and partner violence
- Support for young teens and adults who identify as LGBTQIA
You’re Not Alone… We Can Help.
We’re fully staffed with board-certified psychiatrists and medical staff that can manage your medications and support you on your mental health journey. Let us help you create a tailored plan to care for you. Why not give us a call today to schedule your appointment?