Psychiatry is a branch of medicine that deals with the causation, prevention, and treatment of mental and behavioral health disorders. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor specializing in treating those disorders and is qualified to prescribe medications or develop a treatment plan for their patient.
Psychiatry in Spokane can treat people with conditions ranging from mild to moderate and more severe mental disorders like schizophrenia. A psychologist can also work alongside the psychiatrist when needed. The difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist is that a psychologist can not prescribe medication. Therefore, psychiatrists tend to look after patients with more severe mental or behavioral illness’. At PsychSolutions in Spokane, Washington, we work with our patients to better your mental and behavioral health.
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Psychiatrists use various treatments to improve mental or behavioral health disorders. These can include psychotherapy for negative thoughts and prescription medication for substance use disorders (SUD). Here at Psychiatric Solutions in Spokane, we provide a wide variety of programs and services to fit our patients’ needs. We work together with our patients to help their mental and behavioral health issues get better.
During these times, not all forms of treatment are available for every patient. Telepsychiatry services are available as well, due to the changing circumstances caused by the pandemic. Telepsychiatry involves the use of telecommunications to treat and evaluate patients effectively. Our telepsychiatry service includes a scheduled appointment through one of our on-call therapists entirely done through a remote option. Although our telepsychiatry service does not require any additional payment, it does require you to download the Zoom app on your device.
Admitting you need help with your mental or behavioral health illness is a big first step. You are putting yourself in a vulnerable position, but it is, without a doubt, a step in the right direction. There are a lot of things to look for when finding the right psychiatrist for you. Before doing any research of your own, the first thing you should do is ask your primary care physician if they have any recommendations. Do not be afraid to ask them as they might have colleagues in psychology and can provide referrals.
Whether you received referrals from your primary care physician or not, you can now do your research on psychiatrists. When researching psychiatrists, some things to look out for are board certification, medical school, and their experience. You want to make sure their credentials and experience align with what you are feeling, ensuring the best chance of getting better.
Other information to take into consideration is the comments and reviews from past patients. Looking at this information will allow you to get an idea of the psychiatrist and whether or not they are the right fit for you. Comments and reviews might include notions about their communication, experience, and or humility.
Our Spokane psychiatrists provide you with the best solutions for you or your loved ones. Compassion and comprehensiveness are at the root of everything we do at Psychiatric Solutions.
Our CEO & Medical Director, Ahmed Abouseh, M.D., is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He graduated from medical school in Cairo, Egypt, and completed his Psychiatric Residency at the University of Virginia. His experience and excellence in the field allow him to serve patients of all backgrounds and diagnoses.
Dr. Sandra J. Dexter, M.D., is a board-certified psychiatrist that graduated from the University of Washington, School of Medicine. Dr. Dexter specializes in neurology and child/adolescent psychiatry. Her specialties and experiences center on disorders such as anorexia nervosa, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and somatoform disorders.