How does a psychiatrist treat anxiety?
A psychiatrist can especially be helpful when a person’s anxiety is severe and is causing impairment and significant distress in their day-to-day functionality. A psychiatrist can prescribe medications which can decrease the intensity of their anxiety and provide short-term relief. The medications can also improve mood.
Is online psychiatric consultation effective for anxiety?
Yes, online psychiatric consultations have been found to be as effective as in-person consultations. The psychiatric evaluations and assessments conducted using video calls are found to be as reliable and accurate as those done in-person. Even the clinical outcomes in both are found to be equally effective.
Do you need to consult a psychiatrist when you have anxiety?
Psychiatrists can be consulted when you are experiencing severe anxiety and you find it unmanageable to deal with your day-to-day tasks or responsibilities as a result of your anxiety. In such a case, consulting a psychiatrist in conjunction with a therapist would be the most effective solution. In case of mild anxiety, you may work on resolving your anxiety symptoms with a therapist and would not require medications.
What other professionals work with a psychiatrist to treat anxiety?
A therapist can help you explore what causes and/or contributes to your anxiety and work with you on resolving those issues. A therapist can also help you identify your anxiety triggers and equip you with skills to cope with your anxiety. Working with a therapist could be enough to treat mild to moderate anxiety, but for severe cases, you would want to consult a psychiatrist in addition.