How does a psychiatrist help in treating personality disorder?
Psychiatrists use assessments and interviews that can help in accurately diagnosing a person with personality disorder based on the symptoms described as well as the attitudes and behaviours of the person. There are no medications prescribed for the treatment of personality disorders, but the medications can help with some symptoms. In addition, a psychiatrist can prescribe medications for other mental health conditions that the person with personality disorder may be facing, such as depression, anxiety, or substance abuse.
Who is a psychiatrist?
A psychiatrist is a medically trained professional who also has a specialization in mental health disorders. Therefore, a psychiatrist can assess, diagnose, and prescribe medications for the treatment of various mental health disorders, such as schizophrenia, personality disorders, addiction, eating disorders, depression, anxiety disorders, etc.
Does a psychiatrist also do therapy?
No, a psychiatrist is not trained to do therapy. A therapist is a mental health professional who can help challenge the rigid patterns of thoughts and behaviours that are characteristic of personality disorders.
What do psychiatric medications target in personality disorders?
A psychiatrist can prescribe anti-anxiety medications, antidepressants, or mood stabilizers, which can help treat some of the symptoms in personality disorders. Medications can also be prescribed to treat other co-morbid conditions such as depression, anxiety disorders, etc.