Psychiatry, like Psychotherapy, is concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental health conditions. However, unlike other mental health professionals such as psychologists and counsellors, psychiatrists are medically qualified doctors who have chosen to specialise in psychiatry. This gives them the ability to prescribe medication if and when recommended as well as refer patients for other forms of treatment.
Mental health conditions that may be diagnosed and treated by a psychiatrist include:
- Anxiety phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Personality disorders
- Schizophrenia and paranoia
- Depression and bipolar disorder (manic depression)
- Eating disorders, such as anorexia
- Sleep disorders, such as insomnia
How to get an appointment
If you feel that you would like to see a psychiatrist, you can visit your GP and ask them to refer you.
Your GP will be able to refer you to a psychiatrist who specialises in the area of your life which you need help with. For example, this may be:
- Childhood / adolescent
- General adult
- The psychiatry of old age
- Learning disabilities
If you wish to contact the pyschiatrist directly, rather than go to your GP first, you are perfectly at liberty to call the clinic direct for an appointment.
During the appointment
In the initial consultation,the doctor will assess your mental and general condition. This could involve:
- Asking you questions about your life and thoughts
- Taking information from other sources such as your GP, relatives and social workers
- Sometimes blood tests or scans to rule out other health conditions
After your psychiatrist has made an assessment of your condition, they may prescribe medication for you or recommend other treatments such as counselling or cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
The number of times you see a psychiatrist is an entirely personal thing and is done in agreement between the doctor and the patient.
If you would like to arrange an appointment with our psychiatrist, then please contact the clinic in confidence.