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All people want a life that’s abundant and productive. When someone is suffering from mental health disorders and wishes to manage their symptoms and improve their daily function, the help of a psychiatrist is indispensable. Taking into account the unique situation presented by every patient, a psychiatrist can design a bespoke treatment plan incorporating various treatment options. It’s been proven that the most effective path to recovery is a targeted approach to treatment.


What Health Services are Provided by a Psychiatrist?


One thing to remember is that, as a medical doctor, a psychiatrist can provide services a licensed psychotherapist cannot. That includes the prescription of antidepressants and other medications for treatment, including mood stabilizers, anti-anxiety medications, and antipsychotics. Psychiatrists can also provide psychotherapy and, for another facet of treatment, can refer to a psychotherapist. Lastly, individual and group psychotherapy (referred to as talk therapy) is also available via your Orange County psychiatrist.

 

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In psychiatry, resolving self-limitation and other challenging aspects of a mental health condition is the goal of the doctor-patient relationship. Less challenging aspects are managed on an ongoing basis, as well as any remaining symptoms. A variety of treatments can be involved in care. They include weekly therapy sessions and compliance with scheduled medication. In cases of depression and anxiety, adjunctive therapies like TMS can also be included, as well as EDMR for trauma-related symptoms. In combination, patients experience a renewed sense of self, well-being, and serenity.


What is the Length of Treatment Time?

Every patient is unique and presents with a unique combination of mental health requirements. The psychiatrist will first perform a thorough evaluation, after which a specific diagnosis will be defined. Co-occurring disorders will also be addressed, as well as any features of the disorder that are particularly unique. An accurate diagnosis is achieved by combining the intake interview, written assessments, and the patient’s history of mental and physical health.

A treatment plan customized to each individual is developed once a diagnosis has been made. Both the therapy modality and timeline used for treatment will be based on the psychiatric diagnosis, including short and long-term therapy. Short-term therapy can include cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) as well as solution-focused brief therapy (SFBT) and eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR). EDMR usually includes fewer than 12 therapy sessions, while longer-term therapies are open-ended, including psychodynamic therapy.

 

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What Forms of Mental Health Disorders are Treated by a Psychiatrist?

Thorough training prepares a psychiatrist to treat a wide variety of disorders relating to mental health, including the following:

  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depressive disorders
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Schizophrenia

If you or a loved one are struggling with the symptoms of a mental health disorder, you are encouraged to reach out to your Orange County psychiatrist today. We can reduce the negative impact you’re experiencing and significantly improve your daily function for a fuller, more abundant, productive life. Call (855) 867-5551 to schedule a consultation.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any side-effects?

Future tests also showed no serious side effects from this study. Participants experienced mild discomfort at most. But any symptoms resolved quickly over time.

What have been the results of recent studies?

Approximately 90% of participants in recent studies went into remission from Major Depressive Disorder. 60% of participants were still in remission one month later.

How quickly does iTBS work?

Most participants experienced relief within 3 days.

How do iTBS and rTMS differ?

Intermittent Theta-Burst Stimulation (iTBS) is a newer form of rTMS that can be delivered in 3 min, versus 30-40min for a standard 10 Hz treatment session. We aimed to establish the clinical effectiveness, safety, and tolerability of iTBS compared with standard 10 Hz rTMS in adults with treatment-resistant depression.  Treatment is completed in 5 days versus 36 with rTMS.

Is iTBS covered by Insurance?

As of the writing of this article, no.  The procedure has not been considered by insurance companies.  

References
  1. The American Journal of Psychiatry. Published 4/7/20:
    https://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/doi/10.1176/appi.ajp.2019.19070720
  2. Stanford Medicine. Published 4/6/20:
    https://med.stanford.edu/news/all-news/2020/04/stanford-researchers-devise-treatment-that-relieved-depression-i.html
  3. US National Library of Medicine. Published 8/15/08:
    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2538925/

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