Benefits of a Psychiatrist
Coping with mental health issues can be difficult, but you don't have to handle these problems on your own, Nikhil Vora, MD, your Flint, MI, psychiatrist at Independent Behavioral Health Group, explains how psychiatry can help you.
Getting to the root of the problem
Psychiatrists are medical doctors who receive specialized training in diagnosing and treating mental health and emotional problems. They understand how medical problems can contribute to emotional issues and use their medical background to determine if your illness or condition has a physical cause. They also provide a range of therapies designed to help you cope with challenging situations and problems.
It's difficult to solve a mental health or emotional problem if you don't understand the cause. A psychiatric evaluation provides valuable information that helps your doctor diagnose your emotional problem or mental disorder. The evaluation usually includes interviews, observations, mental status and other tests, questions about substance abuse, review of the medications you take regularly and an examination of your medical, academic and job histories. After determining a diagnosis, your psychiatrist may recommend one or more therapies that will help you live a more fulfilling life, including:
- Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy: During therapy sessions, you'll learn how to modify your thinking to overcome self-defeating thoughts. The strategies you learn will help you become happier and more productive. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is a short-term type of therapy that generally lasts about 5 to 10 months. Sessions will help you examine the way your thoughts, attitudes and beliefs affect your behavior and will help make changes that will help you lead a more positive life.
- Psychotherapy: Psychotherapy, commonly called talk therapy, helps you cope with mental illness or difficult situations, such as death, divorce or other issues. During your sessions, you'll discuss your problems in a caring, supportive environment, identify ways to deal with them and set goals that will help you begin the process to overcome your issues. You may participate in individual psychotherapy sessions, group sessions or a combination of the two. Psychotherapy can also be helpful for couples, families or other groups.
- Medication Therapy: Medications can make coping with emotional or mental health disorders easier. Medication therapy may be combined with psychotherapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, or other types of therapy.
Are you concerned about a mental health issue? Find out how psychiatry can help you by calling your Flint, MI, psychiatrist at Independent Behavioral Health Group, at (810) 733-5735!
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