If you are having mental health symptoms and are looking for help, you are probably not sure what the first step to take is, or what kind of treatment you need. The first choice for many people is a psychiatrist and for good reason. A psychiatrist is able to diagnose and treat a wide range of mental health conditions with a combination of medication and psychotherapy. Some psychiatrists work with people that have general mental health conditions, whereas others may specialize in a specific area, such as addiction psychiatry. No matter what your concerns are, AIM: Advaita Integrated Medicine is here to help you with our Raleigh psychiatry program.
What is Psychiatry?
According to the American Psychiatric Association, psychiatry is a “branch of medicine focused on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders.” There are many different things that can lead a person to seek the help of a psychiatrist. Symptoms including depression, anxiety, delusions, hallucinations, and more can all be addressed appropriately by these mental health professionals.
Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors that specialize in the treatment of mental health disorders. This is what sets them apart from psychologists; psychologists rarely have the authority to write prescriptions, and instead focus on disciplines like talk therapy to treat mental health conditions. Psychiatrists focus more on the biology behind what causes mental health symptoms and using medication to correct these biological imbalances.