Frequently Asked Questions: Psychiatry Edition
On your initial visit, you will have lab work performed, physical examination, initial patient evaluation, followed by a meeting with our on-site psychiatrist. They will evaluate your condition in an empathetic manner. You will be encouraged to undergo medical management if required and therapy.
Subsequent follow-up visits will access your condition, development of new stressors, and the need for medication management.
Psychiatrists are not only trained to diagnose and manage mental illness, but are also adept at providing psychotherapy. Certain specializations within psychiatry require additional years of training and qualification.
Psychiatrists can also prescribe medications to help manage your illness.
We will not reveal any information regarding what happens within the work that we do together unless you have signed the Authorization to Disclose Information form. In the instance that you are in danger of harming yourself or another, then we are obligated by law to notify the authorities of this.
Research has shown the individuals whose families are involved in treatment have a much better prognosis and a higher success rate. Exult Healthcare will make a concerted effort to include family members in treatment whenever possible. The goal of the family education program is to provide family members with information and support that will assist our clients in their recovery.
Family members will only be involved with prior consent of the patient, except in the case of minors.
There are no precise determinations that we can make regarding the length of your treatment. Generally speaking, the longer you have had your mental illness not being treated, the longer the treatment will take. Certain conditions do not require a lot of time to treat, and others considerably more. Certain mental illnesses require just a couple of visits, and others require life long maintenance. We believe that you should seek treatment as soon as possible, for the best outcome.
In addition to psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners have special training in treating mental health conditions. General physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners may also treat the most common mental health conditions (e.g., anxiety, depression).
Psychiatrists treat individuals in distress because of various difficulties, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychosis, personality disorders, stress disorders, and some types of behavioral problems, such as those involving self-destructive or violent impulses. Anyone seriously thinking of suicide can be helped. A number of emotional and mental difficulties are influenced by physical conditions; as a physician, a psychiatrist is in a position to take account of such conditions and coordinate overall care.
Psychiatrists are medically trained to treat mental health. Sometimes physical illness or biological imbalances can trigger mental illness and their medical background allows them to take blood, order certain tests and prescribe medications.Psychologists tend to focus on the psychological mechanisms of behavior and generally can not prescribe medications.
Depending on your condition and its severity, an assessment will be made by staff(psychiatrist/nurse practitioner) for the need of medications and prescriptions for the same will be given to you.
We do take multiple insurances such as United, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Aetna, and Medicare but we suggest you discuss any major medical decisions with your insurance provider.
Scientific Understanding of Psychiatry
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