How psychiatry works
Psychiatrists are medical doctors who look for the root causes of mental health issues to connect you with the most effective treatment. This can include talk therapy as well as medication.
To make this important specialty more available and affordable to all who need it, our teams include psychiatric nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs). These medical specialists are supervised by a board-certified psychiatrist and are highly qualified to provide many of the same services.
Most common psychiatric services at Geode Health
Our psychiatric professionals can help adults treat a variety of mental health conditions through ongoing therapy and medication management. Many of our psychiatrists offer appointments online and in-person.
Child and adolescent psychiatry is a branch of medicine that focuses on diagnosing, treating, and preventing mental health problems in children and teenagers. Geode’s child and adolescent psychiatrists specialize in addressing emotional, behavioral, and developmental issues that arise during these critical stages of life.
Long acting injectable medications are medications that are administered via injection and released slowly into the body, providing a sustained therapeutic effect over a period of weeks or months.
Long acting injectables are used for the treatment of various mental health disorders, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder treatment, and schizoaffective disorder. This can improve adherence and reduce risk of relapse.
Psychiatric medication management is the process of using medications to treat mental health disorders. It involves assessing the patient’s symptoms, prescribing appropriate medications, monitoring for side effects, and adjusting the medication regimen as needed to maximize benefit and minimize risks. The goal is to help improve people’s quality of life and daily function.
By seeing patients in person, as needed, Geode’s psychiatric practitioners are able to prescribe and manage a wide range of psychiatric medications, including controlled substances as clinically indicated.
MAT has been shown in several studies to be highly effective if helping people with addiction move into and remain in recovery. Medications work by reducing cravings, blocking the effects of drugs or alcohol, and stabilizing brain chemistry to provide effective addiction treatment.
Some of the most commonly prescribed medications used to treat addiction are:
Vivitrol® is an extended-release injection version of the drug naltrexone, used to help treat alcohol and opioid use disorders.
Suboxone® and Sublocade® are prescription medications used to treat opioid use disorder. When combined with a comprehensive treatment plan, Suboxone® can effectively help individuals avoid relapse and stay in recovery.
See a psychiatric specialist in person, or online
Geode Health is physically located in the communities we serve. This allows us to see our patients in person, provide access to more advanced treatments, and safely prescribe medications virtual-only providers cannot.
You can easily book and manage both in-person and video-visits online, often available within days. The help you’ve been searching for is only a few clicks away.
Frequently asked questions about psychiatry
Psychiatry is a branch of medicine that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental health disorders. It is a medical specialty that works to assess a person’s mental health by examining their thoughts, feelings, behavior, and other characteristics. Psychiatrists use evidence-based treatments such as psychotherapy and medication management to help people with mental health concerns.
By working with a psychiatrist, individuals can address their mental health issues and improve their overall well-being. In addition, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the biological and psychological elements that contribute to mental illness so they can develop targeted treatment plans for each individual patient.
Psychology and psychiatry are two different fields that focus on mental health. Psychology is the study of the human mind, behavior, and emotions as they relate to normal development. Psychiatrists are medical doctors who diagnose and treat mental illness using a combination of psychological treatments and medications.
Psychiatric specialists are trained to recognize and understand the biological components of mental illness, whereas psychologists (such as licensed therapists or counselors) typically focus on behavior and cognitive processes. Overall, psychology focuses on understanding people in order to make recommendations for treatment, while psychiatry emphasizes the use of treatments such as medication management and psychotherapy in order to diagnose and treat mental health conditions.
Anyone who is struggling with mental health issues or has been diagnosed with a mental illness may benefit from seeing a psychiatric specialist. Even if an individual does not feel they have a diagnosable disorder, talking to a psychiatric professional can still be beneficial. Psychiatrists and other psychiatry experts can help people understand their emotions and behavior better, as well as provide strategies for managing distress.
No, psychiatrists may not always prescribe medication. Your Geode psychiatric provider is trained to assess a patient’s mental health and can recommend medication as part of an overall treatment plan if needed. However, the decision to prescribe medication is ultimately up to the provider and the patient. It is important to talk to your Geode provider about what type of mental health treatment will be most effective for you.
When you meet with your Geode psychiatric specialist for the first time, they will ask you questions about your symptoms and medical history. They may also perform physical tests to rule out any underlying medical conditions that could be contributing to your symptoms. Based on these evaluations, the provider can make an accurate diagnosis regarding your mental health and make treatment recommendations as needed.
At Geode Health, we believe in a comprehensive approach to mental well-being. We offer a variety of psychiatry and psychotherapy services under one roof to ensure our patients have access to high-quality holistic mental health treatment that meets their needs.
After your initial evaluation, your Geode provider can offer more guidance on the type of treatment plan that may work for you. Many patients find that a combination of medication management with a psychiatric specialist as well as ongoing psychotherapy produces the best outcomes, while others prefer one type of treatment over the other. The choice to see a therapist or psychiatrist is ultimately dependent upon your goals and unique needs.
Psychiatrists can prescribe a variety of medications to treat mental health conditions. Common types of medication prescribed by psychiatrists include antidepressants, antipsychotics, mood stabilizers, and anti-anxiety medications. Your psychiatrist may also recommend lifestyle changes such as exercise or dietary modifications to help manage symptoms, as well as non-medical treatments like talk therapy.