Mental Health Treatment in Miami
Elevate Psychiatry is proud to offer patients with substance and alcohol addictions several options, including oral naltrexone, Vivitrol injections, oral buprenorphine products, and Sublocade injections.
IF YOU ARE CONSIDERING VISITING A PSYCHIATRIC PRACTICE IN MIAMI BEACH FOR MEDICATION, COUNSELING, OR GROUP THERAPY, YOU’RE NOT ALONE.
According to the American Psychiatric Association, people get in touch with the 45,000 psychiatrists working in the United States for several reasons. Panic attacks, grandiose thoughts, suicidal ideations, and hallucinations are just a few symptoms at the severe end of the spectrum of mental disorders that may prompt a psychiatric visit. On the other hand, your symptoms may not be as severe, but you still know that you need help.
At Elevate Psychiatry, we respect all of our patients as individuals, and we actively focus on de-stigmatizing the act of seeking help for troubling mental health symptoms. Treatment methods you can find in our clinic include evaluation, medication management, psychotherapy, telepsychiatry, pharmacogenomics analysis, transcranial magnetic stimulation, ketamine infusions, and electroconvulsive therapy. We also offer medication-assisted treatment for drug and alcohol addiction.
THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN SEEKING PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES
If you’ve never sought psychiatric help for yourself before, you likely have numerous questions about what to expect during the evaluation and diagnostic process. You’ll first complete an evaluation through telepsychiatry in which you may talk to a psychiatrist from wherever you are. You will speak with this professional, who is a medical doctor with additional specialization in the diagnosis and care of mental health disorders, about your symptoms. Consider the following points as you learn more about this first appointment.
Confronting The Stigma
If you’re readily seeking psychiatric services, that’s a sign that you take your mental health seriously. If you feel a sense of shame about choosing to treat your depression or anxiety instead of powering through it on your own, consider where these feelings originate. You may come from a family of people who has never treated their own mental health issues, or perhaps your family or friends discourage the concept of seeking treatment in principle or say that it is wrong or weak.
There’s nothing strange, shameful, or wrong about asking for help; in fact, this shows that you care for yourself and that you can identify that your mental wellness isn’t everything it could be. Mental health treatment can be as important and as lifesaving as a treatment for a physical illness.
Pinpointing Signs That You May Need To Visit a Psychiatrist
Many mental health conditions are not accompanied by major red flags that you may see as warning signs for visiting a doctor. For example, a person can be severely depressed and come across to others as outwardly healthy and happy. On the other hand, a person suffering from depression may stop caring for their physical needs, including skipping showering, eating, and brushing their teeth. If you are seeking treatment for yourself, it may be easier to identify these red flags that send you to consult with a psychiatrist — or you may excuse concerning symptoms as being overtired, overworked, or merely stressed.
While specific symptoms such as weight loss, trouble with personal hygiene, and irritability signal mental health trouble, they don’t always point to a specific disorder or diagnosis. This is why it is important to talk to a professional so that you can undergo a thorough evaluation and learn more about yourself and these symptoms in the process. If you have concerns about your own mental health or a loved one’s, keep an eye out for the following signs and symptoms:
- Sadness, hopelessness, or a sudden drop in self-esteem
- Strong, negative feelings or the inability to control your emotions as usual
- Using drugs or alcohol to cope or self-medicate negative feelings
- Hallucinations, delusions, or “hearing voices”
- Considering suicide or spending a lot of time thinking about death
QUESTIONS TO ASK YOUR DOCTOR
Scheduling a doctor’s appointment for a mental health check-up in Miami Beach may make you wonder what questions to ask to get the most out of your treatment methods. You may already have a diagnosis, and you’re wondering if you should take medication, or perhaps you are wondering if the symptoms you’re experiencing indicate a more severe mental health problem. Ask your psychiatrist the following questions during your appointment to learn more about your diagnosis and better understand how to care for yourself:
- Do my symptoms mean that I have a certain diagnosis?
- Do I need therapy, medication, or a combination of treatment methods?
- Could you recommend a therapist or counselor that would be a good match for me?
- Will my problem or diagnosis ever go away?
- How do I explain my diagnosis or symptoms to my loved ones so that they understand what I’m going through?
We are now offering medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid use disorders, including oral buprenorphine products, Sublocade (buprenorphine) injections, and Vivitrol (naltrexone) injections. Unfortunately, we do not offer methadone maintenance treatment (MMT). We will be instituting Probuphine, Sublocade, and MMT options in the future, so please check back periodically.