5 Psychiatrist FAQs
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If you’ve never seen a psychiatrist before, then you may have some questions about what they do. In this blog, we will answer five frequently asked questions about psychiatrists.

1. Why Do People See Psychiatrists?

Psychiatrists are doctors who specialize in mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, ADHD, OCD, and many others. People usually start seeing a psychiatrist if they are experiencing mental health issues and would like to explore their treatment options.

General practitioners can also prescribe mental health treatments like medication, but since psychiatrists specialize in mental health, they may be better equipped to deal with your concerns.

2. What’s the Difference Between a Psychiatrist and a Psychologist?

Psychiatrists are doctors who have completed medical school and a residency. Psychologists are people who study the human mind and behavior. A doctor of psychology has their Ph.D. in psychology and may work as a professional counselor or a researcher. 

Psychologists generally don’t receive medical training, so although they can provide counseling and support to mental health patients, they can’t prescribe medications or other mental health treatments.

3. Do Psychiatrists Have Specialties?

Yes, just like other medical doctors, psychiatrists may specialize in certain age groups or disorders. For example, a psychiatrist might focus on child and adolescent patients while another may focus on adult addiction patients. 

It’s definitely smart to research a few psychiatrists before you schedule an appointment so you can learn their specialties and determine whether or not they are the right fit for you. 

If you struggle with an eating disorder, for example, you may want to look for a psychiatrist who has experience with or even specializes in eating disorders because they will have a lot of knowledge about your condition and how to treat it.

4. What Types of Questions Do Psychiatrists Ask?

The first question the psychiatrist will ask is what your concerns are. Depending on your answer to that initial question, the psychiatrist will likely ask a series of various questions to determine what your symptoms are and how they should be treated.
A good psychiatrist will listen to you and make you feel like your concerns are valid. They will also help you understand your treatment options and let you decide what you want to do.

5. What Should I Ask My Psychiatrist?

Your psychiatrist is there to help you, so don’t feel like you can’t ask certain questions or like your questions are stupid. If something doesn’t feel right, ask your psychiatrist if that is normal and what you should do. If you need clarification on something that they told you, don’t hesitate to ask.
Hopefully, this post answered some of the questions you have about psychiatrists. There’s no need to hesitate to schedule an appointment today!

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