Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to common questions about psychiatric care

Contact us anytime if you have additional questions about psychiatric care or psychiatric care at Peak Wellness Center not answered below or if you would like to talk about how we can help you and your family.

Psychiatric care is a type medical care specialized in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders of all kinds. This includes understanding behaviors, thinking, perception and disease symptoms and how those relate to the chemistry and physiology of the body.

A psychiatrist is a medical doctor (MD) or doctor of osteopathy (DO) who specializes in treating mental health conditions. As a doctor, a psychiatrist has the in-depth knowledge to identify specific illnesses or problems based on symptoms a person is experiencing. Because they are doctors, psychiatrists may also legally prescribe medications, as may psychiatric nurse practitioners.

Psychologists, therapists or counselors that are not psychiatrists or psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner do not diagnose mental health conditions and cannot prescribe medications. Instead or working in collaboration with a psychiatrist they use other forms of therapy to improve a patient’s symptoms, conditions or diseases.

On our team, we have three types of providers specialized in medical care for mental health conditions:

  • Psychiatrists. These medical doctors specialize in treating mental health conditions. All of the psychiatrists who work at Peak Wellness Center are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
  • Child psychiatrists. Our services include child psychiatry, and we have an on-staff psychiatrist specialized in the unique needs of children and teens.
  • Psychiatric nurse practitioners (Psych NP). These nurse practitioners have special training in assessing and treating mental health conditions. Psychiatric nurse practitioners are certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Like psychiatrists, they do medical assessments, order lab work and prescribe medications when needed.

Once you are are a Peak client, your therapist can evaluate your needs and help you decide if seeing a psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner for a medical evaluation makes sense as part of your treatment plan.

To your first appointment, please bring:

  • All prescribed medications, over-the-counter medications and supplements you are taking
  • The names and addresses of other doctors who are taking care of you now
  • A list of your medical problems
  • The names and addresses of mental health professionals you have seen before

First, the psychiatrist or psychiatric nurse practitioner will ask you questions about your physical and emotional health to understand what’s going on. Then he or she will work with you to develop a plan to address your problems. The plan may include things like testing your hormones or blood chemistry, medications, counseling and other therapies.

Yes. Peak considers seeing a therapist an essential part of treatment because we have found it helps people manage their mental health conditions and lives more effectively. If you miss therapy appointments that are part of your treatment plan, your psychiatrist may ask that you first keep those appointments before seeing you again. If you are not actively engaged in therapy services at Peak, we will assist you with a referral to another provider outside Peak for your medications.

This depends on your individual needs. If you are doing better and you have completed the counseling part of your treatment plan, your therapist and medical provider will decide if it would be beneficial for you to continue therapy, conclude therapy or modify your treatment plan in other ways. Learn more about counseling at Peak.

Telehealth means using teleconferencing or videoconferencing equipment for “long-distance”  appointments with healthcare providers. Especially if you live in a rural area, telehealth makes it easier to keep appointments with doctors or specialists far away and saves you transportation time.

Peak clients may schedule telehealth appointments at our facilities and one of our staff members will have everything set up and help you.

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