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What is psychiatry?

Psychiatry is a branch of medicine that focuses on emotional and mental health, as well as behavioral disorders. Psychiatrists treat mental health conditions like anxiety, phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), eating disorders, addiction and substance abuse, depression, autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and bipolar disorders.

Psychiatrists are mental health professionals trained to diagnose and treat these disorders. They use tools like psychotherapy (talk therapy) to help relieve patients' emotional distress and address their mental health concerns. Psychiatrists can also help create treatment plans to help you handle stress or reach major milestones. When necessary, your psychiatrist may prescribe medication. All prescriptions are at the sole discretion of your doctor.

Connect with a real, quality psychiatrist on Sesame who can assess your condition, manage your symptoms, and craft a treatment plan that works for you - all for one affordable, upfront price.

Can I see a psychiatrist online?

Yes! Telehealth platforms like Sesame now make it easier than ever to see mental health care providers for psychiatry consults and therapy sessions. Mental health professionals on Sesame offer a wide range of psychiatry services such as:
- Talk therapy
- Psychiatric evaluations
- Behavioral health consultations
- Couples therapy


In addition, licensed mental health care providers on Sesame can address and treat mental health conditions such as:
- Anxiety disorder
- Depression
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Bipolar disorder
- Obsessive/ Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Adult attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
- Schizophrenia


This is not a complete list of psychiatric services offered by providers on Sesame. Use our search bar to look for the specific type of psychiatric care or treatment and book an appointment at your convenience. Most care providers will request an initial consultation to discuss your symptoms or concerns. After a consult, providers on Sesame can refer you to a specialist, or schedule follow-up appointments for further care.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

While psychiatrists and psychologists both provide mental health services, there are some differences between the two that are important to keep in mind when selecting a mental health care provider.

Psychologists are not medical doctors; whereas psychiatrists are usually MDs. This means that a board-certified psychiatrist (certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology) has completed a medical school and residency program with a focus in psychiatry, and has the ability not only to diagnose and treat mental illness but also to prescribe medications necessary for the course of treatment.

Psychologists are highly trained mental health professionals that can treat mental health conditions that don't necessarily require medication or other medical treatments, such as learning disabilities, phobias, or relationship issues.

What kinds of conditions do mental health experts treat?

Doctors who specialize in psychiatry are trained to treat depression, anxiety, and a range of behavioral health and emotional concerns.

Psychologists can treat these disorders, as well as provide counseling services. If you're looking for couples therapy, sex therapy, or stress management therapy, a psychologist could be the doctor for you.

Connect with mental health professionals on Sesame who can assess your condition, manage your symptoms, and develop a treatment plan for you.

What are common psychiatry subspecialties?

While all psychiatrists can provide medical advice and care, there are a number of psychiatry subfields that address particular conditions, areas, or age groups. These include:

Psychotherapy: During these sessions, also known as talk therapy, you speak with a psychotherapist or counselor to help reduce symptoms from depression, anxiety, or other mental health conditions.

Child and adolescent psychiatry: This is a specialized form of psychiatry that focuses on disorders related to childhood development.

Geriatric psychiatry: The study of mental, emotional, and behavioral health as it relates to older adults.

Forensic (legal) psychiatry: The assessment and treatment of mental disorders as they relate to the law.

Addiction psychiatry: A form of psychiatry that focuses on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disorders related to addiction.

Psychopharmacology: The study of treating mental health disorders with the use of medication.

What happens during a video psychiatry consult?

Telepsychiatry (online psychiatry care) appointments are a convenient option for those seeking mental health care, without requiring a trip to a clinic. This form of telemedicine can help those seeking to fit mental health services into a busy schedule, people who either cannot - or do not want to - commute to a psychiatrist's office, or those who just want an informal chat about mental health concerns.

Most video psychiatry appointments will start with an initial consultation about your mental health history, symptoms you may be experiencing, medication you are currently taking, and your history with psychiatric care. After this, your mental health provider can recommend the best treatment plan for you. This may include follow-up appointments, a referral to a specialist, or a prescription for medication.

How do I prepare for a video psychiatry consult?

Because online psychiatrist appointments on Sesame use a video conferencing platform (like Zoom or Facetime), it is recommended that you have a stable internet connection and a private space to conduct the appointment. Even though it is taking place on a video call, you will be meeting with a mental health care provider in real-time. For your privacy, a quiet and secluded space in your home is the best place to have this video consultation.

It is generally recommended for all psychiatry consultations to jot down a few questions or concerns you may have prior to your appointment. Mental health care providers on Sesame are certified psychiatrists and therapists with the extensive experience needed to help walk you through the consultation, but it is still encouraged to come up with some questions or thoughts of your own to get the most out of your appointment.

If any other preparation is needed, your provider will reach out to discuss these specifics with you.

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