Psychiatry Specialist Questions and Answers
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How do I find a good psychiatrist?
Finding a good psychiatrist is as much about you as it is about them. Much like your primary care physician, you want to ensure you find someone you are comfortable with and can open up to, as being open and honest with them will ensure you get the best treatment possible. Talking to a psychiatrist means opening up about feelings and topics that are very personal to you and you won’t be able to do that if you aren’t comfortable with them. Think about what you are struggling with or what you are looking to gain from talking to a psychiatrist, as many of them have focused in different areas, so you will want to look for one with experience in the realm that you are struggling with. You can start your search by looking online for psychiatrists in your area and looking at their profiles, specialties and experience. You can ask your family doctor for recommendations. You can also ask family and friends if you are comfortable doing so. Conversations around mental health are becoming more common as people realize that our mental health is just as important, if not more important, than our physical health. There are many resources available to you to help you find the right mental health professional for your individual needs. Your Human Resources department at work or your insurance company may also be able to provide you with resources or recommendations in your area. Once you narrow down your choices based on recommendations or your own research, you can book an initial consultation to get a feel for the psychiatrist and how the two of you interact to determine if it’s a good match.
How do psychiatrists assess patients?
Psychiatrists will perform a psychiatric assessment to gather information about a person such as biographical and social information, direct observation and results from psychological tests if applicable. The assessment will also be used to understand the primary purpose for the visit, the patient’s personal history, current relationship status with friends and family, any current or past history with drugs or alcohol and if the patient has previously sought treatment for mental health concerns. Depending on the purpose of the psychiatric assessment, it can be performed by the psychiatrist or by other medical health professionals such as nurses, occupational therapists, psychologists, social workers or other professionals involved with the individual seeking treatment. The assessment is used by the psychiatrist to establish a base point for the patient’s care, diagnose any underlying issues and build a treatment plan unique to their situation and needs. Psychiatric assessments will also look at the patient’s overall health as there is often a relationship between mental illness and physical illness. Psychiatrists will ask specific questions as part of the assessment to help them develop an understanding of the patient’s thought patterns and behavior to identify the source of the condition that is affecting the individual.
What is the difference between a therapist and a psychiatrist?
Both therapists and psychiatrists are trained mental health professionals with a master’s degree. However, psychiatrists have gone further in their education and training by completing four years of medical school, completed one or two years of internship training and done additional training as a psychiatrist resident. Psychiatrists are able to write prescriptions and can diagnose medical illnesses that might be affecting a patient’s mental health. Therapists are able to diagnose, assess and treat mental health issues although they may refer the patient to a psychiatrist for further treatment if medication is required as therapists are unable to write prescriptions. The structure of appointments is also vastly different between a therapist and a psychiatrist. With a therapist, your appointments will typically run for about an hour and happen on a frequent basis depending on your schedule and needs, with frequency ranging from once or twice a month to multiple times a week depending on the severity of the patient’s current concerns. Finances can also factor into the frequency of the visits as visits can get expensive when you are going more frequently. Psychiatrists on the other hand typically have a longer initial session that’s then followed up by shorter 15-minute check ins every few months after, provided there are no issues with your medication and no mental health crises.
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