I am a psychiatrist. Psychiatrists are medical doctors who work to prevent, diagnose and treat mental illnesses.
As such, we can prescribe medication to restore balances within the brain.
The brain is an organ, like any other in the body and is not exempt from getting sick. It is not just an organ. It is also that amorphous construct, that which we call mind. The mind can make the brain sick and the brain can influence and alter the mind. Accessing the mind is tricky. That is why psychiatrists have a sound understanding of psychology and possess psychotherapeutic skills. Being “on the couch” as it were.
The brain is part of the body. As a medical doctor helping you obtain optimal health and excluding physical causes for your malaise is a priority.
I work holistically. Every person is an individual within a family within a society. These elements can be major stressors, or major support systems. We work together to try to figure out how to reduce stressors and build support networks.
I let my patients guide me as to their spiritual needs. I am not a theologian, but that sense of how one fits into the universe and with other living beings is important. It impacts on mental health and resilience. Viktor Frankl was a famous psychiatrist who survived the holocaust. He said “Those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear almost any ‘how'”
Ultimately, if you need a psychiatrist you are tired of not living your best life. Let us try to figure out how to change that.
not in another place
but this place
not in another hour
but this hour” Walt Whitman