What can a psychiatrist do for chronic pain?
Psychiatrists can prescribe medications that help make chronic pain manageable for the patient. Chronic pain can also affect an individual’s day-to-day life negatively by interfering with their functioning in work, relationships, recreational activities, family, etc. which can lead them to experience isolation, loneliness, depressed mood, and feelings of worthlessness. They may also have a higher risk of developing anxiety, personality disorders, or substance use disorder. A psychiatrist can identify and prescribe medications for such co-occurring conditions as well.
Who is a psychiatrist?
A psychiatrist is a medical professional who specializes in treating mental health disorders. They are trained to conduct interviews, evaluations, and assessments to understand mental health issues. They are equipped to assess both the physical as well as the mental aspects of a psychological problem.
Are psychiatrist’s medications required for dealing with chronic pain?
Acute pain can go away on its own and may not need medical intervention. However, when the pain persists beyond 3 months, it is called chronic pain. Due to the severity and the persistence of chronic pain, it can interfere with the person’s daily functionality. Medications can help relieve that.
What professionals apart from a psychiatrist can help for chronic pain treatment?
In addition to a psychiatrist, psychologists and physiotherapists can be useful for treating chronic pain. Psychologists can help you change your perception of pain and teach you relaxation techniques that make pain more manageable. Physiotherapists can work on your movement and posture to make chronic pain less painful.