Thinking about seeing a psychiatrist

If you think you have a mental health disorder, you should speak with your primary care doctor. They can refer you to a psychiatrist, who can also treat you for any underlying physical conditions you may have.

If you or someone you know in your family has a mental health disorder, it’s important to get help as soon as possible.

If you think someone in your family has a mental health disorder, you should speak to your primary care doctor or local crisis or suicide hotline.

If you or someone you know in your family has thoughts of hurting themselves or others, you should call 911.

What to expect?

The first time you see a psychiatrist, you might want to bring a family member or friend along.

It can be helpful to bring someone you trust to help you deal with what you’re experiencing. Having someone who knows your family and can help you navigate through any issues you’re having can help you feel more comforted.

Once you feel comfortable, you can begin your treatment with the psychiatrist.

A psychiatrist is a licensed medical doctor who has received specialized training in mental health disorders. They’re a type of doctor called a psychiatrist.

They’re most commonly involved in treating people with depression.

If you have a mental health disorder, you’ll be seen in a private room. You’ll sit in a chair, and the doctor will talk with you.

You’ll likely start by talking about your personal feelings and how they’re affecting you. They’ll also try to get to the root of your symptoms.

If your symptoms don’t improve or become worse, you might be referred to a psychiatrist who specializes in treating anxiety and other disorders.

The treatment

The goal of treatment is to help you feel better, regardless of how long it takes.

Treatment usually involves a combination of medication and therapy.

Medications

Medications can help you feel better by changing your brain chemistry and reducing the amount of stress in your body.

Common medications that can help treat depression include:

  • Antidepressants, like Prozac (fluoxetine) and Zoloft (sertraline).
  • Anti-anxiety medications, like Xanax (alprazolam) and Klonopin (clonazepam).
  • Antipsychotics, like Haldol (haloperidol) and Risperdal (risperidone).

These medications are often used in combination. For example, you might take one and then the other.

Other medications that treat depression include:

  • Low doses of the hormone estrogen.
  • D-amphetamine (Adderall).
  • Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse).
  • L-tryptophan.

You might also be prescribed medications to help you sleep.

Talk to your doctor about possible side effects of these medications.

Other antidepressant medications include:

  • Buspar (Imitrex)
  • Effexor (venlafaxine)
  • Lexapro (escitalopram)
  • Pregabalin (Lyrica)
  • Sertraline (Zoloft)

Antidepressants can also help treat things like:

  • Bipolar disorder.
  • Schizophrenia.
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).
  • Depression that’s accompanied by anxiety.

They can also be used to treat other conditions, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Your doctor might also prescribe medications to help you deal with any underlying physical conditions. This might include:

  • Anti-seizure medications.
  • Antidepressants that treat pain.
  • Antianxiety medications.
  • Antidiarrheal medications.

Your doctor might also prescribe medications to treat any other symptoms you might be having, such as:

  • Anxiety disorders.
  • Panic disorder.

Talk to your doctor about possible side effects.

Some people might want to try an alternative therapy before or instead of a medication. Alternative therapies include:

  • Yoga.
  • Tai chi.
  • Meditation.
  • Eurythmic therapy.
  • Light therapy.
  • Biofeedback.

Alternative therapies can be helpful in treating depression as well as a variety of other mental health disorders.

Your doctor may recommend alternative therapies if they don’t work for you with medication, or you just want to try something different.

Therapy

In therapy, you can work with your psychiatrist to help you improve your mood and feel better.

They’ll ask you questions and listen to what you have to say.

If you have a mental health disorder, you may be able to improve your mood by talking about your feelings and why they make you feel that way.

You’ll also work on your relationship with your mental health disorder.

Therapy can involve:

  • Talking to your psychiatrist.
  • Learning about your mental health disorder.
  • Finding a therapist.
  • Being with a therapist.
  • Working with a therapist.

You can also work on things like:

  • Your diet.
  • Exercise.
  • Stress relief.
  • Sleep.
  • Relationships.
  • Life skills.

You can also work with a therapist even if you’re seeing a psychiatrist.

It’s a good idea to talk to someone you trust before starting therapy.

You may also talk to a therapist before starting medication.

Therapy may be combined with medication. For example, your psychiatrist may prescribe medication and then refer you to a therapist.

When you go to therapy, you and your therapist will talk about your symptoms and how they relate to your mental health disorder.

A therapist can also help you find a good support group or support group.

Your doctor can also refer you to a therapist who specializes in treating your mental health disorder.

What can you expect?

The first time you see a therapist, you might be a little nervous.

You might want to bring someone you trust along with you.

Once you feel more comfortable, you can begin therapy.

A therapist usually works with you over several appointments. You might meet with your therapist in person or by phone.

Your therapist will help you develop a treatment plan with goals that are specific to you.

After you work with your therapist, you might work with a psychiatrist to see if you’re a good candidate for medication.

Your psychiatrist will talk with you about your symptoms and the treatment plan they think will work best for you.

In some cases, you may need to try several different medications before you find one that works.

Your psychiatrist or psychologist can also help you find a therapist who can help you stay on track.

After you meet with your therapist, you can expect to talk about your therapy process and how it’s helping you.

You can also expect to meet with your doctor and discuss how your treatment plan is working.

If you have a mental health disorder, you might be able to improve your mood by talking about your feelings and why they make you feel that way.

To help you cope with your feelings, you can also work on your relationship with this mental health disorder.

You may also be able to work on things like your diet and exercise.

You may also be able to work on stress relief, sleep, and relationships.

You can also work with a therapist to learn skills you can use in your everyday life.

It’s also important to work with your family and friends, as they can help you cope with any stress that comes with mental health disorders.

When to see a doctor?

You should make an appointment with a doctor if you:

  • Have symptoms of a mental health disorder.
  • Have thoughts of harming yourself or someone else.
  • Have thoughts of harming yourself or someone else or have a plan to do so.
  • Have thoughts of harming others.
  • Are worried about your symptoms or how they’re affecting you.
  • Are experiencing suicidal thoughts.
  • Want to learn more about how to cope with your mental health disorder.
  • Need help with a mental health disorder.

Your doctor can help you get started on a treatment plan that’s right for you.

Your doctor can also help you find a therapist who can help you deal with your symptoms.

They can also help you find a good support group.

What is the outlook?

The treatment plan you go on to use depends on what your symptoms are and how severe they are.

If you’re seeing a psychiatrist, you may be prescribed medication. This may be combined with therapy.

A psychiatrist will help you develop a treatment plan, and a therapist will help you work through your feelings and symptoms.

If you’re taking medication and you experience a relapse, an increase in your symptoms, or other changes in your mood, you may need to see a doctor.

They can help you work out what’s causing your symptoms and how to deal with them.

What’s the outlook for someone in the early stages of a mental health disorder?

In the early stages, you may not have any symptoms, but you may be anxious or depressed.

If you have these symptoms, you can talk to your doctor about treatment options.

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