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Psychiatry is a medical field that focuses on diagnosing, treating and preventing mental illnesses and disorders. Psychiatrists are medical doctors who specialize in understanding the mind and its impact on behavior, emotions and overall well-being. Psychiatric services are available in person and via telehealth.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How does psychiatry differ from psychotherapy?

While both psychiatry and psychology deal with mental health, psychiatrists are medical providers who can prescribe medication and provide medical treatments. Psychotherapists, on the other hand, primarily offer therapy and counseling services without prescribing medication.

When should I consider seeing a psychiatrist?

You might consider seeing a psychiatrist if you’re experiencing persistent emotional, behavioral or psychological issues that significantly affect your daily life. Common reasons include anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and trauma-related disorders.

What can I expect during a psychiatric evaluation?

During a psychiatric evaluation, a psychiatrist will ask you about your medical history, symptoms, and current challenges. They may conduct psychological assessments and tests to help diagnose your condition accurately.

What treatment options are available in psychiatry?

Psychiatry offers a range of treatment options, medication management, psychoeducation and lifestyle changes. It may also include a referral for psychotherapy (such as cognitive-behavioral therapy). The choice of treatment depends on the specific diagnosis and individual needs.

Can I access psychotherapy online or virtually?

Yes, Community Health allows for virtual visits. Patients interested in doing visits virtually, should discuss this request with their provider. Once the provider approves the virtual visit the patient can visit the website and select their provider from the drop-down list to begin their virtual visit. Please note that all virtual visits follow the same rules as in-office appointments.

How long does psychiatric treatment take to show results?

The duration of psychiatric treatment varies based on the individual and the nature of the condition. Some people may experience improvement within a few weeks, while others might need longer-term treatment for more chronic conditions.

Are psychiatric medications safe?

Psychiatric medications are generally safe and effective when prescribed and monitored by a qualified psychiatrist. Your provider will carefully consider your medical history, potential side effects and interactions with other medications before recommending any treatment.

Can I choose between therapy and medication?

Yes, you and your psychiatric provider can collaborate to develop a personalized treatment plan. Depending on your condition and preferences, you might opt for therapy, medication or a combination of both.

How do I get a referral for a psychiatric provider?

If you feel you would need services from a psychiatric provider, discuss your request with your primary care provider. The primary care provider will place a referral and send it to the Behavioral Health team. A referral specialist from the Behavioral Health team will reach out to you to obtain more information and insurance authorization and work with you to schedule your first appointment.

Does insurance cover psychiatric treatment?

Many health insurance plans cover psychiatric treatment. Our Behavioral Health team includes a referral specialist that verifies your eligibility and benefits with your insurance provider prior to scheduling an intake appointment. Some plans may have restrictions or require pre-authorization for certain treatments.

For more information about psychiatry and mental health, feel free to contact us at 802-772-7992. Our Community Health team is dedicated to providing compassionate care tailored to your unique needs.


Psychiatry Locations

Community Health Allen Pond

71 Allen Pond, Suite 403
Rutland, VT 05701

Community Health Castleton

275 Route 30 North
Bomoseen, VT 05732

Community Health Shorewell

2987 VT Route 22A
Shoreham, VT 05770

Community Health North Main

231 North Main Street
Rutland, VT 05701