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What is psychiatry?

Psychiatry is a branch of medicine devoted to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental, emotional and behavioral disorders.

What is a mental disorder?

A mental disorder is a syndrome characterized by clinically significant disturbance in an individual cognition, emotion regulation or behavior that reflects a dysfunction in the psychological, biological, or developmental processes underlying mental functioning.

Mental disorders are usually associated with significant distress or disability in social, occupational, or other important activities.

Why psychiatry?

People seek psychiatric help for a multitude of reasons. The problems can be sudden, such as a panic attack, frightening hallucinations, thoughts of suicide, or hearing “voices.” These problems may even be long-term, such as feelings of sadness, hopelessness, or anxiousness that never seem to lift or problems of functioning, causing everyday life to feel distorted or out of control.

A few of the many common psychiatric conditions that we treat here are:

  • Addiction and Recovery
  • Anxiety/Panic Disorder
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • LGBT Related Issues
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Sleep Problems
  • Stress Management
  • What does an appointment with a psychiatrist look like?

    Psychiatrists commonly work with a health counselor or a social worker when they treat a patient. In a patient’s first meeting, a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) meet with the patient and work with them by encouraging the client to discuss their emotions and experiences. Following their meeting, the LMHC will examine these issues and determine if a psychiatry consultation is the next option.

    A psychiatrist’s consult with the patient is similar to that of the LMHC, however the psychiatrist provides a diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan based on their requirements. Here at the Varad Program, our psychiatrists and mental health counselor work together to get a clearer picture of the patient in order to give them the best service possible.

    What are my treatment options?

    With recent improvements, a wide range of treatment options are available now. A few of these treatments include:

  • Psychotherapy
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
  • Medication Therapy (i.e. SSRIs, SNRIs, NDRIs, Second Generation Antipsychotics, Tricyclic Antidepressants, MAOIs)
  • RTMS (Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation)
  • QEEG (Quantitative Electro Enchephalo Gram)
  • ECT (Electro Convulsive Therapy)
  • For more information on these treatment options, feel free to take a look at our “Conditions” guide in the above tabs. The information used above was gathered from the American Psychiatric Association. For more information, please visit their website: