Tips for finding an Indianapolis psychiatrist
According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it's estimated that only about 17 percent of U.S adults are considered to be in a state of optimal mental health. The CDC also reports that mental disorders in the United States may be far more prevalent than the general public is aware of: 1 in 2 Americans has a diagnosable mental disorder each year.
That figure includes 44 million adults and 13.7 million children. According to a 2010 survey, the CDC reports that 64.5 percent of Indiana residents who responded agreed with the statement that treatment for persons with mental illness can hep them lead normal lives.
For many patients, a course of treatment or therapy administered by a licensed psychiatrist can be an effective way to deal with a mental disorder or illness.
A psychiatrist is a wholly separate profession than psychologists, who may also treat mental illnesses or disorders. According the Indiana Psychiatric Society, a psychiatrist is defined as a medically trained physician who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental illnesses and substance use disorders.
The IPS adds that a psychiatrist also typically undergoes more training before entering practice: He or she must graduate from college and then medical school, and go on to complete four years of residency training in the field of psychiatry. Of all the mental health providers in the United States, only psychiatrists are fully licensed medical doctors.
Because they are medical doctors, psychiatrists can order or perform a full range of medical laboratory and psychological tests that provide a complete picture of a patient's physical and mental state.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with a mental disorder or illness, follow these selected tips from the Indiana Psychiatry Society to find a qualified psychiatrist:
- Ask your primary care doctor for a referral based upon your specific needs
- Contact your insurance company or visit their website for a complete listing of psychiatrists in your area that accept your insurance
- Seek referrals from friends and family
- Visit the American Medical Association website ama-assn.org
- Contact a local mental health facility
- Contact a local hospital
Checking Angie's List users' reviews and ratings for mental health professionals is another potential source for selecting the right psychiatrist.