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What is General Psychiatry?

By Cheryl Rohlik, RN, PMHNP In the United States, approximately 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 6 children under the age of 18 are living with one or more mental health diagnoses. With increasing availability of knowledge, decreasing stigma, greater support from loved ones, and expansion of treatment options, more and more individuals are seeking mental health treatment for themselves or a family member. General Psychiatry is the branch of medicine focused on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. Psychiatric providers (Psychiatrists, Nurse Practitioners, and Physician Assistants) are trained to assess the mental, physical, and social aspects of psychological problems, as well as managing the treatment of a variety of mental health conditions, including:

  • Mood disorders: Depression, Bipolar Disorder, Postpartum Depression,
  • Adjustment Disorders
  • Psychosis: Schizophrenia, Schizoaffective Disorder
  • Anxiety: Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Phobias, Panic Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  • Eating Disorders
  • Chemical Dependency: Drug and/or Alcohol Abuse
  • Eating Disorders
  • Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Personality Disorders
  • Behavior Disorders
  • Insomnia

In addition to managing psychiatric disorders with medication management, psychiatric providers also strive to establish a therapeutic relationship with the patient and their loved ones. Oftentimes, additional roles include referrals to (and collaboration with) counselors, nutritionists, medical doctors, and other facilities offering additional treatments not typically provided by a private psychiatric practice. Occasionally, a higher level of care is recommended to provide a greater degree of support and frequent visits with a psychiatric provider for medication adjustments, which can include inpatient hospitalization, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient treatment. After receiving this higher level of support for a determined amount of time, patients typically return to their regular psychiatric provider to continue medication management. Some psychiatric providers develop an interest in a particular area, such as eating disorders or chemical dependency, and go on to receive training and gain additional training and expertise in these areas. Here at Connections Wellness Group, we are actively taking part in providing knowledge, fighting stigmas, offering support, and utilizing all the resources possible to help people live their best life. We are here to help and we genuinely care about our patients. If you’re interested in learning about your treatment options, please call to set up an appointment with one of our psychiatrists.