Psychiatry is the branch of medicine focused on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders. Our psychiatric staff perform a full range of medical laboratory and psychological tests which, combined with discussions with patients, help provide a picture of a patient’s physical and mental state. At Jade, our team will understand the complex relationship between your emotional state, other medical illnesses, and the relationships with genetics and family history, to evaluate medical and psychological data, to make a diagnosis, and to work with patients to develop treatment plans through the use of psychiatric medical management.
Psychology Versus Psychiatry
Psychiatrists are trained medical doctors and therefore can prescribe medications whereas psychologists focus extensively on psychotherapy and treating emotional and mental suffering in patients with behavioral intervention. Psychiatrists focus primarily on medication management and its treatment effectiveness.
Conditions Involving a Psychiatrist
As a medical doctor, a psychiatrist is qualified to prescribe medications to treat an array of mental health disorders including depression, schizophrenia, bi-polar disorder, anxiety, insomnia, and attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). All mental health conditions requiring medication as part of the management would fall to a psychiatrist. However, combining medication with therapy can have improved results. The American Psychological Association adopted a resolution citing more than 50 peer-reviewed studies indicating While medication is appropriate in some instances, research shows that a combination of medication and psychotherapy is often most effective in treating depression and anxiety.
Patient Centered Care
Studies have shown the effectiveness and importance of patient-centered care which incorporates two important components. First, is the importance of treatment relationships in which providers understand and respond to their clients’ needs, values, and preferences, and from these understandings, come to a mutual understanding of the problems and issues under consideration (Epstein et al., 2005). Second, it encourages the practitioner to invite the patient to take an active role in making medical decisions through a collaborative partnership with the provider. At JADE, we believe strongly in a patient-centered treatment model of care. Contact us today to learn more if psychiatric treatment is right for you.
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