CAPS: Psychiatric Services
SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT PSYCHIATRY
What is a psychiatrist?
A psychiatrist is a medical doctor with specialized training in diagnosing and treating emotional and mental illness.
What kind of conditions does a psychiatrist treat?
Psychiatrists treat individuals in distress because of various difficulties, including depression, anxiety, confusion, and some types of behavioral problems, such as those involving self destructive or violent impulses. Students seriously thinking of suicide can be helped. A number of emotional and mental difficulties are influenced by physical conditions; as a physician, a psychiatrist is in a position to take account of such conditions and coordinate overall care.
Psychiatrists and Nurse Practitioners on CAPS psychiatric staff can prescribe medication for psychiatric illnesses and other situations requiring medication intervention.
What kind of treatment is provided? Do psychiatrists only give out medication?
Psychotropic medications are useful and appropriate for some conditions, such as severe depression other mood disorders, or anxieties.. However, they are certainly not necessary in every case. Psychiatrists are trained to deal with the psychological and interpersonal aspects of difficulties, as well as prescription of medication. Often psychotherapy or a change in a life situation is the appropriate intervention.
Psychiatry staff can assist with referral to other CAPS, SHC or off-campus clinicians.
Do psychiatrists treat only serious cases?
No. Psychiatrists evaluate and treat individuals with a wide range of difficulties. This is true for those who seek out treatment themselves, and those who are referred by others.