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Get virtual help from an experienced and dedicated board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner Farah Shaddix of Reliable Mental Health. Experience the convenience of personal therapy from home. See our operating hours to book a telepsychiatry consultation today. Serving O’Fallon MO, and surrounding areas!

Online Psychiatrist Near Me in O’Fallon MO
Online Psychiatrist Near Me in O’Fallon MO

Table of Contents:

What does a psychiatrist do?
What can a psychiatrist help with?
When should you see a psychiatrist?
What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?

What does a psychiatrist do?

Psychiatrists work by diagnosing, treating, and preventing disorders including mental, emotional, and behavioral within their clients. All psychiatrists will have a medical doctorate and will choose a specialized field of work within the mental health region. Some of the many mental disorders that psychiatrists will focus on and work with their patients on include:

Bipolar disorder
Depressive disorder
• Schizophrenia
• Trauma and stress disorder
Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
Anxiety disorder
• Eating disorder
• Elimination disorder
• Sexual dysfunctions
• Gender dysphoria
Sleep disorders
• Substance and addiction disorders
• Personality disorders

A psychiatrist will create an individualized plan which may involve a combination of treatments including:

• Medication
• Psychotherapy
• Light therapy
• Brain stimulation therapy

What can a psychiatrist help with?

There are different ways that mental health disorders can be diagnosed by psychiatrists. The different treatment options available include one-on-one evaluations, lab tests, and psychological tests to determine which symptoms are caused by physical issues.

Once Farah Shaddix has determined your diagnosis, they may do one of three things, either refer you to a specialist like a psychotherapist, prescribe medication, or a combination of both.

There are multiple different types of medications available that a psychiatrist can prescribe depending on the mental health disorder that you are suffering from. These prescribed medications may include mood stabilizers, antidepressants, sedatives, stimulants, antipsychotic medications, or other types of medication.

There are also different types of therapy that a psychiatrist may provide including electroconvulsive therapy and light therapy.

When should you see a psychiatrist?

Firstly, you should never self-diagnose yourself, while many websites will provide symptoms of mental health disorders that you may be experiencing doesn’t mean you should immediately diagnose yourself in that category type. We all experience financial worries, failed relationships, personal loss, and professional setbacks at some point in our life, but if it ever gets to the point where these issues are now interfering with your daily functions, or where it is now ruining your other relationships, you may need to take a step back, and honestly reflect on your attitude and what has been occurring, then self-refer yourself to a psychiatrist, or speak to a doctor.

If you are still trying to figure out if you should see a psychiatrist or not, look for these mental health symptoms:

• Sudden onset of feelings
• Sharp rise in intensity
• Long-standing anxiety
• Avoidance of your responsibilities
• Patterns of interpersonal conflicts

Signs of acute mental health conditions (sporadic episodes that are negatively affecting you and your quality of life) that are signs you should seek help include:

• Extreme anger
• Rage
• Depression
• Sleeping or eating disorders
• Debilitating anxiety
• Periods of intense sadness
• Thoughts of harming yourself or suicide

What is the difference between a psychologist and a psychiatrist?

Psychiatrists are medical professionals with similar credentials to doctors that are able to prescribe you medication. The main focus for psychiatrists is on your mind and body working together and treating you with a combination of prescriptions, medication, and management for your mental health disorder.

Psychologists have completed schooling to study an individual’s mental and behavioral processes. Psychologists work to help you to understand and eventually handle any life problems and mental health issues that come your way by providing a diagnosis, and working on treatment options for your mental health disorder, behavioral issues, or learning disabilities.

Reliable Mental Health is available by appointment only to help you with services including depression disorder treatments, telepsychiatry, anxiety disorder treatments, bipolar disorder treatments, insomnia disorder treatments, and so much more. Our psychiatric nurse practitioners provide these services through online platforms to allow you to feel the most comfortable when working with us. We serve patients from O’Fallon MO, Osage Beach MO, Kansas City MO, Springfield, MO, Chesterfield MO, St. Louis MO, St. Charles MO, St. Peters MO, Wentzville MO, and surrounding areas!