Psychiatry and psychology are overlapping professions. Practitioners in both -- psychiatrists and psychologists -- are mental health professionals. Their area of expertise is the mind -- and the way it affects behavior and well-being. They often work together to prevent, diagnose, and treat mental illness. And both are committed to helping people stay mentally well.
But there are differences between psychiatry and psychology. And people sometimes find those differences confusing, especially when...
"It's hard to schedule and find time for an appointment."
"I can't get there."
Therapists, clinics, and hospitals may offer
after-hours appointments or weekend hours.
Plan your appointments for times that work for you. You may have to
wait a few days, but if that's the time you can do it, it's worth the wait.
When you call for an appointment, explain your situation. Most
mental health care professionals will try to find a time that works for both of
Ask a friend to help you get there, or check local bus
"See a shrink? I'm not crazy."
"People will think I'm weak."
"What will my family and friends think?"
You are looking for help so you will feel better.
It takes strength and courage to seek help from others.
health problems are real and can harm your physical health. They are often
caused by an imbalance of certain chemicals in the brain. They also may run in
families. Mental health problems are not character flaws.
get better with the right kind of treatment. Treatment includes medicine,
counseling, psychotherapy (therapy), self-care, or a combination of these. The
kind of treatment you have will depend on how severe your symptoms are.
"Someone might get into my medical records and see this."
Doctors, mental health care professionals,
hospitals, and clinics take privacy seriously. They won't share your records
with anyone not involved in your treatment. If you have questions about your
privacy, ask them about it when calling for an appointment.