A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in the treatment of mental disorders. A psychiatrist can be more effective at helping patients than a general practitioner (GP) because they are trained in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illnesses. A psychiatrist can also prescribe medication and refer patients to psychologists or social workers for counseling sessions or therapy. Most people who seek psychiatric help do so because they are feeling depressed, confused, or anxious. These are all normal human feelings; however, if the feelings persist for an extended period of time they could be a sign that something is wrong.

Why Are Psychiatrists Needed?

In the United States, 14.7 million people – almost one in four adults – experienced some form of mental illness in 2018. This amounts to one in five men and one in six women. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that these numbers are likely higher due to the fact that many people feel too ashamed to speak about their mental health issues. In terms of economic impact, the annual cost of treating mental illness in the United States is $274 billion. This amounts to about 2% of the overall economy. In more severe cases, mental illness can lead to suicide, which is why it is so important to have psychiatrists available in case someone decides to end their life by taking an overdose of antidepressants or other similar drugs.

Mental Health Is A Large Concern In Today’s Society

In the past decade, the number of Americans who reported feeling “very worried” about the state of their mental health increased by 23%. This increase is likely due to the fact that more people are becoming more open about their mental health issues. A 2011 survey by the American Psychiatric Association (APA) found that 48% of people felt comfortable talking about their mental health with their doctor or psychiatrist, up from 39% in 2001. Only 24% of people said they would be comfortable talking about their mental health with a family member or close friend.

These figures indicate that more people are feeling comfortable bringing their mental health issues to the forefront. This in turn means they are more likely to be diagnosed with a mental illness and seek treatment. It is also important to note that a lack of sleep, substance abuse, and poor nutrition can all cause or contribute to the development of mental illness. It is essential for wellness that these factors are identified and treated properly. Only with a healthy mind can we truly have a healthy body.

If you and/or someone you know is experiencing mental health issues, please feel free to contact us at Compassionate Care Counseling. We are a non-judgmental group that provides comfortable and confidential spaces for people to talk about their mental health issues. We help people work through their problems and find solutions that make them feel empowered. Let’s get started on the road to recovery together!