What does a psychiatrist do?
A psychiatrist is a physician (MD or DO) who is specialized to treat mental health disorders. They are qualified to treat both mild and severe forms of mental illness by means of psychotherapy, medications, or both. A psychiatrist has gone through the arduous process of medical school, and residency so that they are knowledgeable of human physiology, anatomy, and pathology, and how they interact with your mental life. Psychiatrists should be able not only to prescribe medication, but explain, in terms you can understand, how the medication works, its expected benefits, possible side effects, and how it may affect other health conditions or the activity of other meds you may be taking.
How can you help me?
Whether you are suffering from a mental disorder such as depression, anxiety, etc, or simply wish to work on a specific issue in your social, occupational, spiritual, or sexual life, I can help. If depression or other disorder is having an impact on your relationships, your work, or even your ability to care for yourself, medication can provide much needed relief. I will be able to determine if there is any underlying medical condition that might be affecting your emotional well being, and recommend an appropriate treatment. In psychotherapy, I will provide a safe nurturing environment for you to openly discuss what is bothering you. I can help you gain insight into your personality, your development, your habits, and with that insight, lays the capacity to change.
Will I be prescribed medications?
Not necessarily. Medications are prescribed only in situations where mental symptoms are causing significant distress, or are having negative impacts on your relationships, your physical health, your work etc. Sometimes, psychotherapy alone will suffice. After a thorough evaluation, we will discuss together whether or not medications are right for you.
Will I become dependent on medications?
This is a common question among clients, and it is understandable you may have this concern. Contrary to popular belief, most psychiatric medications do not cause physical dependence. Use of certain sedative medications, and stimulants used to treat ADHD, can lead to tolerance, and possibly physical dependence. However with close follow-up and strict adherence to guidelines, the risk of dependence can be minimized. We can discuss your concerns more in detail at our initial visit.
What can I expect at my initial visit?
At your initial visit, I will conduct a comprehensive review of your current complaints. We will discuss your emotional, cognitive, and physical symptoms, and how they may be impacting your life. Be as open and honest as possible. We will review your past experiences in the mental health system, and any medications you’ve taken in the past. We will evaluate any current medical conditions you may have, and review your current medications. Please bring all medications you are taking in their bottles, including pills, eye drops, patches, injections, and suppositories.
What will be the cost of my treatment?
After the initial screening session and diagnosis a rough estimate of the expenditure involved in the treatment and the time duration can be given. Different issues have different solutions hence the cost estimates differ according to the condition and the intervention required.