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Visit a Nurse Practitioner for Psychiatric Help

While Silver Creek doesn’t have a Psychiatrist on staff our nurse practitioner here at Silver Creek can help you, deal with emotional, behavioral, and mental disorders affecting people. These medical doctors know a lot about mental and physical health and how they affect each other. Therefore, they assess and treat the physical and mental aspects of these disorders.

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When To Visit A Nurse Practicioner About Mental Health

Visit a mental health doctor when suffering from one or more psychiatric disorders. This is because these disorders will affect how you think and behave. In severe cases, they can cause death or deprive you of your freedom. Some of the common psychiatric disorders are:

Depression

Depression affects many people of which some of them do not notice that they are suffering from this disorder. You might suffer from depression after a traumatic event when suffering from certain illnesses or due to genetics in your family. When suffering from depression, you might experience persistent sadness or have a depressed mood. Sometimes, you may feel like not wanting the things that you love.

Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia affects the functioning of the human brain. According to research, this disorder affects men more than women. However, it can affect anyone, no matter their ethnicity or background. Genetic and environmental factors can cause this disorder, making one have disordered thoughts. When suffering from it, you might hallucinate, find it hard to express yourself, or experience delusions.

Eating Disorders

Eating disorders are complex conditions that can affect your social functioning and health. When suffering from these disorders, you may eat too much or too little. You might force yourself to carry out strenuous exercises after eating too much or even starve yourself. However, you are likely to gain a lot of weight when you consume a lot of food. On the flip side, eating too little can make you lose a lot of weight and lack some of the important nutrients that your body needs.

Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder is caused by environmental factors or alteration in the structure of the human brain. When suffering from this disorder, you will experience mood swing episodes. For instance, you may be depressed for a moment and then start feeling very happy. Severe bipolar disorder can make you have suicidal thoughts.

Addiction

You may suffer from drug or behavioral addiction. With drug addiction, you will need to use certain drugs to normally undertake your daily activities. When suffering from behavioral addiction, you will find it hard to stop carrying out some activities. For instance, you might find it hard to stop gambling, working, or eating.

What is the Difference Between a Psychiatrist and a Nurse Practitioner

The difference between a psychiatrist and a nurse practitioner is that nurse practitioners are able to help with a broader range of medical issues whereas psychiatrists are specialized to focus only on psychiatric issues. a nurse practitioner is not able to only assess your mental health but your physical health as well. Both can conduct psychotherapy, design plans for treatment, prescribe psychopharmaceuticals and other medicines, work with other healthcare professionals, and educate patients and communities on mental health and well-being. Both will suggest various approaches to treat your mental health condition. All this will help you recover from the disorder and carry out your daily activities normally.

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How a Nurse Practitioner Will Assess Your Mental and Physical State

Just like other people, you are supposed to be in a good mental and physical state all the time. However, this is not the case when suffering from a mental disorder. When you go to a nurse practicioner, they will try to diagnose any mental health problem that you are suffering from. A nurse practitioner will do this by carrying out psychological tests, medical tests and discussing your mental health. They will also try to determine if your condition results from family history, other medical illnesses, or environmental factors.

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How a Nurse Practitioner will Develop a Treatment Plan

You need to have a treatment plan, otherwise, you will not achieve the desired results. A nurse practitioner will help you develop a treatment plan to address your disorder. The plan should be specific, measurable, and have attainable and relevant goals. When developing the plan, they will write down your personal and health condition information. Also, the doctor will write your treatment goals and how long the treatment will take. The nurse practitioner will monitor how good the plan is and make adjustments when there is a need.

For the plan to work effectively, your nurse practitioner will identify any other disorders you may suffer from. For instance, if you are suffering from depression, the mental health doctor will diagnose anxiety disorders. When they are done with all this, they will sign and ask you to sign the developed plan to show that you were involved in developing the plan.

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Medications

Mental health doctors give medications just like a general doctor. However, they first evaluate before prescribing any medication. When you take these medications, they affect your brain’s chemical signals. This controls the symptoms of your mental health problem. Sometimes mental health doctors combine them with psychotherapy. Below is all the information you need to know about medications that these doctors prescribe.

Antidepressants

Antidepressants treat depression, severe panic attacks, eating disorders, and personality disorders.

Antipsychotics

Antipsychotic medications reduce psychotic symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions. Therefore, a psychiatrist will prescribe antipsychotics when suffering from bipolar disorder or schizophrenia.

Hypnotics

Hypnotics treat sleeplessness, restlessness, and many other forms of insomnia.

Mood Stabilizers

Mood stabilizers stabilize moods. Therefore, a psychiatrist will give you these medications when suffering from bipolar disorder.

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)

Our nurse practitioner may use this method when other treatment plans fail to work for you. This treatment involves the use of controlled electrical current and anesthetic drugs. The electrical current is supposed to trigger a brief seizure in the brain and control a mental health disorder’s symptoms. Although it does not work for some people, it effectively treats several mental health disorders such as depression.

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