Adult & Child Psychiatry Services

Psychiatry is a medical field dedicated to the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders across all ages. Psychiatrists are medical doctors who evaluate patients—both adults and children—to determine whether their symptoms result from a physical illness, a combination of physical and mental ailments, or strictly psychiatric issues.

A psychiatrist can conduct a full range of medical laboratory and psychological tests, which, when combined with discussions with patients, help provide a clear picture of a patient’s physical and mental state. Their education and clinical training equip them to understand the complex relationship between emotional and other medical illnesses, the relationships with genetics and family history, and to evaluate medical and psychological data, make a diagnosis, and work with patients to develop comprehensive treatment plans.

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Common Disorders in Adults and Children Treated by Psychiatry

Psychiatry addresses a broad spectrum of mental health conditions, ranging from mild to severe, affecting individuals at different stages of life. The most commonly treated disorders include:

  • Depression: Persistent sadness and a lack of interest or pleasure in previously rewarding or enjoyable activities.
  • Anxiety Disorders: Includes generalized anxiety disorder, panic attacks, and specific phobias.
  • Bipolar Disorder: Characterized by significant mood swings, including manic episodes interspersed with episodes of depression.
  • Schizophrenia: A disorder that affects a person’s ability to think, feel, and behave clearly.
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): Features a pattern of unwanted thoughts and fears (obsessions) that lead to repetitive behaviors (compulsions).
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD): Can develop after exposure to a terrifying event or ordeal in which severe physical harm occurred or was threatened.

Psychiatry Process Steps

Step 1

Building Trust and Connection

Treatment begins with a comprehensive assessment and diagnosis. Our psychiatrists prioritize establishing a strong rapport with patients of all ages, creating a secure space through empathetic and compassionate engagement.

This step is crucial for developing a therapeutic relationship and setting the stage for effective treatment.

Step 2

Engaging in Therapeutic Dialogue

As the therapeutic relationship strengthens, our psychiatrists engage in open dialogue with the patient. This involves using advanced communication strategies to encourage patients to express their thoughts, emotions, and concerns.

This stage is vital for understanding the patient’s perspective, addressing their challenges, and enhancing their problem-solving skills.

Step 3

Setting Goals and Progress Tracking

This collaborative stage involves setting clear, targeted goals to address the obstacles impacting the patient’s mental health.

Our psychiatrists work with patients to achieve both short-term and long-term objectives, recognizing progress, fostering independence, and promoting accountability. Some patients may continue therapy as a preventative measure to maintain ongoing mental well-being and personal growth.

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Benefits of Adult & Child Psychiatry

The benefits of psychiatric treatment are extensive, offering significant improvements in quality of life and functionality:

  • Improved Personal and Social Relationships: Effective psychiatric treatment can significantly improve an individual’s quality of life, especially in personal and social relationships.
  • Reduction in Symptoms: Treatment helps reduce the distressing symptoms of mental disorders, making daily tasks and responsibilities easier.
  • Better Work Performance: With effective management of symptoms, individuals often experience improved concentration and efficiency at work.
  • Enhanced Overall Health: Mental health significantly impacts physical health, so improving psychological well-being can boost overall health.
  • Prevention of Complications: Psychiatry helps prevent the complications associated with untreated mental health disorders, including worsening of symptoms and decreased function.

At Good Health, our psychiatrists work closely with patients and, if applicable, their families, to enhance mood, self-esteem, and coping abilities, paving the way toward improved mental well-being.

Navigating the complexities of mental health is made easier with the support of Good Health’s expert psychiatrists. We are dedicated to guiding individuals on their journey to emotional wellness, equipping them with the necessary tools to thrive and lead fulfilling lives.


How do I know if I need to see a psychiatrist?

Consider seeing a psychiatrist if you are experiencing symptoms that significantly interfere with your daily life, such as prolonged sadness, high levels of anxiety, troubling thoughts, or behaviors that are disruptive to your daily functioning.

What should I expect during my first psychiatry appointment?

Your first appointment will likely involve a comprehensive assessment where the psychiatrist will gather information about your medical, psychological, and family history. This session is designed to understand your current symptoms and challenges to formulate a diagnosis and begin discussing potential treatment options.

Will I need to take medication if I see a psychiatrist?

Not necessarily. While psychiatrists can prescribe medications, whether you need medication depends on your specific condition, symptoms, and treatment plan. Many psychiatric conditions are treated with a combination of medication and psychotherapy.

How long does psychiatric treatment last?

The duration of psychiatric treatment varies widely depending on the individual’s condition, severity of symptoms, response to treatment, and specific goals. Some patients might see improvement within a few months, while others may require longer-term management.

Is everything I say to my psychiatrist confidential?

Yes, like all medical professionals, psychiatrists are bound by confidentiality laws to protect your privacy. Information shared with your psychiatrist cannot be disclosed without your consent, except in cases of immediate threat to safety.

Are psychiatry services covered by insurance?

Yes, psychiatry services are often covered by health insurance plans. It’s important to check with your insurance provider to understand the extent of coverage and any specific requirements, such as referrals or pre-authorizations.

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