As a medical doctor, the psychiatrist can provide additional treatment services than a licensed psychotherapist. The psychiatrist can prescribe treatment from a wide array of medications, such as antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, mood stabilizers, and anti-psychotic drugs. These doctors can also provide psychotherapy, or may refer the patient to a psychotherapist for that aspect of treatment. Psychotherapy, also referred to as talk therapy, is available in both individual sessions or group formats.
The goal of the doctor-patient relationship is to resolve the more challenging and life-impairing aspects of the mental health condition, and manage the remaining symptoms in an ongoing manner. Symptom management may involve ongoing weekly therapy, adherence to medication schedules, and utilizing adjunctive therapies such as TMS therapy for depression or anxiety, or EMDR for treating trauma. These treatment elements combined will offer the patient a renewed quality of life.