For many individuals suffering from mental or emotional disorders, the word psychiatry is pretty intimidating and vague. In order to help you to better understand psychiatry and how psychiatric services may be beneficial to you, this article will explain the role of a psychiatrist and how they help their patients.
By seeking a medical care professional and getting the help you need, you can get back to living a healthy and happy way of life.
What Does a Psychiatrist do?
A psychiatrist assesses, diagnoses, and, prescribes for clients suffering from various emotional and mental disorders.
As a result, the psychiatrist is able to order a wide range of laboratory and psychological tests. Which gives patients a clearer insight into their disorder and allows them to be properly diagnosed to receive the treatment necessary to stabilize their mental condition.
Psychiatry, as described by the American Psychiatric Association is, “the branch of medicine focused on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor (an M.D. or D.O.) who specializes in mental health, including substance use disorders. In other words, psychiatrists are qualified to assess both the mental and physical aspects of psychological problems.”
Common Psychiatric Services
Psychiatrists are physicians, fully trained to assist their patients in improving their quality of life through diagnosis, medication prescription, and psychological testing.
Working with a psychiatrist will help you target the root of your issues (anxiety, depression, or other triggerable mental disorders). They will give you a thorough diagnosis as well as a medical solution for your problem.
Depending on the emotional or mental disorder you have, your psychiatrist may run a number of different laboratory or psychological tests to help you reach a clear diagnosis and medical solution to help you cope with your disorder.
Get in Touch with Your Local CHC Today
Here at Community Health Center of Snohomish County, we offer psychiatric services at four of our clinics. If you would like to schedule an appointment to see one of our psychiatrists, you must first be assessed by your primary care physician.
Your primary care physician will assess your current state to determine whether you are in need of seeing a psychiatrist. As a result, your physician may then refer you to a psychiatrist.
Contact us today to get an appointment set-up.
CHC clinics where this service is offered
When to Consult a Psychiatrist
It is very important to understand when to connect with a psychiatrist. Therefore, seeking professional help in this field is necessary for both physical and mental health. In other words, this means it should be a priority if you are suffering from a mental or emotional disorder of any kind.
You should seek out psychiatric help if you are struggling with anxiety, depression, bi-polar, or other mental disorders. These disorders can directly affect the quality of your life.