Once the psychiatrist has arrived at a diagnosis, he or she will design an individualized, integrated treatment plan for the patient. Generally, mental health disorders follow a standard treatment protocol of combining medications and psychotherapy, and may also include additional complimentary therapies.
Psychotherapy. With a range therapies available, the psychiatrist will select the modality or modalities best suited for the diagnosis and any other unique patient features. In psychotherapy, the doctor engages the patient in a discussion of the problem areas in order to provide guidance toward resolving the underlying issues and making positive life changes. Psychotherapy can be provided in both individual sessions and in small group sessions with other patients sharing the same mental health disorder.
Medications. There is a broad range of drugs designed to mitigate the symptoms of various mental health disorders. The psychiatrist will select a medication, or a combination of drugs, that best suit the diagnosis. These drugs primarily include antidepressants, anti-anxiety medication, anti-psychotic medication, and mood stabilizers.
Adjunctive therapy. Adding on a complementary therapy creates an added dimension to treatment and can greatly enhance treatment results. These might include eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR), neurofeedback, biofeedback, or holistic therapies such as mindfulness meditation, yoga, acupuncture, or equine therapy.