Nowadays, treatments for mental health have taken a giant leap forward. Despite this, there are still some people who find themselves unsure about seeking help with their mental health. In most cases, people tend to be hesitant when it comes to seeing a psychiatrist.
Perhaps this is because of the negative myths association with psychiatry. Or perhaps it is due to uncertainty surrounding what a psychiatrist does. Whatever the reason, people tend to be unsure about whether they should seek psychiatric treatment.
The truth of the matter is that psychiatric treatment can offer people struggling with their mental health many benefits. While psychiatric treatment may not be right for everyone, many people have expressed positive experiences with modern psychiatry. Here are some of the top benefits of psychiatry:
Some mental health conditions can be hard to identify. Additionally, mental health conditions have a variety of causes that can make it hard to pinpoint a specific disorder. While psychologists have extensive experience with human behavior, they do not have the same resources available to them as psychiatrists. Seeing a psychiatrist can provide clarity in the form of an accurate diagnosis.
Assesses Physical Health
Psychiatrists are medical doctors that have completed medical school and a medical residency. Because of these skills, they can order medical tests to evaluate your physical health. For example, a psychiatrist may order blood work to check your vitamin and iron levels, as well as to assess your thyroid gland. In some cases, psychiatric symptoms can be treated by addressing certain medical disorders, for example a thyroid disorder or vitamin D deficiency. For more information, see “The Health Benefits of Seeing a Psychiatrist for Depression”.
Initiates Personal Growth
For some, seeing a psychiatrist is one of the first steps taken to work on their mental health. For others, seeing a psychiatrist is simply another step to working on themselves. By providing an accurate diagnosis, psychiatrists can develop a specific treatment plan that works well with the patient’s current health and mental health concerns. If followed, this treatment plan allows for positive change and person growth.
Improves the Quality of Your Life
Dealing with mental health concerns of any kind can take a toll on you. Many of the symptoms associated with mental health conditions are less than desirable and negatively impact the quality of your life. Seeing a psychiatrist, receiving an accurate diagnosis, and starting a specific treatment plan can help resolve these symptoms. In short, seeing a psychiatrist can help you get your life back.
As you can see, there are many valuable benefits of psychiatry. Seeing a psychiatrist can provide clarity, assess your physical health, provide opportunities for personal growth, and improve the overall quality of your life. If you have been debating whether or not to see a psychiatrist, do yourself a favor and at least give it a chance.
Dr. Miller is trained in Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is also trained in Anesthesia and Pain Management. Because of her broad experience, Dr. Miller is uniquely qualified to treat psychological trauma, depression and anxiety that can occur as a result of injury or disability. For more information, schedule a consultation at NJ Family Psychiatry & Therapy.