Psychiatry is a field of medicine in which providers use medication to treat mental and behavioral health disorders when needed. Psychiatric care providers are licensed, medical professionals. Patients either see a medical doctor, an advanced nurse practitioner, or a physician assistant. At Apogee Behavioral Medicine, we empower patients to make their own decisions about their health. Our providers will not shame you into taking medication that you don’t want to take. Instead, they inform you about all your care options, including benefits and risks, and then support you in making a decision.
Psychiatrists are trained medical doctors and can prescribe medications. They spend much of their time with patients on medication management as a course of treatment. Psychologists focus exclusively on psychotherapy and treating emotional and mental suffering in patients with behavioral intervention. Psychiatrists often recommend pairing medication management with therapy to create a more holistic treatment plan. A psychologist can help a child or adult to work through difficult situations, learn coping skills to manage strong feelings like anxiety and depression, and help families to communicate and get along better. What a psychologist cannot do is prescribe medication.
Psychiatrists guide you and your care team through your path to wellness. Psychiatrists specialize in providing accurate diagnoses, medication management, and treatment guidance as the leader of your wellness team. Our providers treat a wide range of conditions from depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder to substance use conditions and ADHD.
You or your child might benefit from seeing a psychiatrist if:
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Online telepsychiatry is a secure and effective way to connect with therapists. In these sessions, patients talk with their providers through live video. Patients can log on to the calls from anywhere with a secure internet connection, and we recommend having plenty of privacy as well.
Insurance plans may vary by state and are subject to change.
During your first visit with an ABM provider, we will discuss with you your history, what you have been experiencing, and prior treatments you may have tried. We will review and discuss findings from any standardized tests that might have been performed during the assessment and then discuss recommendations and options. Our providers act as guides so that you can make informed decisions for your own care.
There are many reasons to speak with a psychiatrist. For anyone struggling with changes in their mood, finding it difficult to focus at home or at work, and going through new life stressors, speaking with a psychiatrist can be very helpful.
Apogee strives to provide access to care that is evidence-based and convenient. Please speak to one of our patient care specialists if you are interested in weekend appointments.