We have provided the information on this page as an introduction to psychiatry and medication. Psychiatry is a branch of medicine that studies and treats emotional disorders and problems. Psychiatrists, psychologists and psychotherapists are professionally trained people who see and help those with psychological problems. The main difference is that a psychiatrist is a medical doctor, and, as a doctor, can prescribe medication. Psychiatry's goal is to improve people's mental well being.
Psychiatrists are uniquely qualified via their specialized education to assess both the mental and physical aspects of psychological disturbance. Psychiatrists listen and talk to patients about their medical, mental, emotional or behavioral problems and assess the status of these problems. Using with this information, combined with his/her knowledge, psychiatrists can make a complete, combined medical and psychological diagnosis and then recommend or provide treatment. The name psychiatry derives from the Greek for "healer of the spirit". The majority of interventions made by a psychiatrist involve the use of medication.
When the circumstances suggest, or if medication seems indicated, we will refer you to a psychiatrist for additional support and medicinal intervention. At Montclair Health Associates, we are familiar with medications used for psychological issues, and although we do not have working psychiatrists on site and do not provide medication, we will discuss any questions you have about finding a psychiatrist should the need arise.
For additional general information about medication and psychiatry: Medication for Mental Illness