Before a psychiatrist can begin treating the individual there must first be a thorough psychological evaluation and review of physical and mental health history. There are a variety of assessment tools available to the psychiatrist to aid them in narrowing down the data collected from the patient and arrive at a subsequent diagnosis.
Once a diagnosis is made, the doctor will create an individualized treatment plan that will involve psychotherapy and medication. Common forms of psychotherapy include psychodynamic therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and others. Alternative therapies might include eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). In addition, the psychiatrist may suggest the patient make certain lifestyle changes to aid in the treatment process. These multi-modal treatment elements work together to help the patient manage the disorder and improve their quality of life.