Psychiatrist Near Me
For a Chicago Psychiatrist, Call on the Team at Brightland Health!
Many people in the United States are seeking help for depression and anxiety, as well as other conditions, from psychiatrists. According to a 2019 survey by the National Institute of Mental Health, an estimated 19.4 million adults in the United States (or 7.9% of the adult population) experienced at least one major depressive episode in the past year.
Additionally, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America reports that anxiety disorders affect 40 million adults in the United States (or 18.1% of the adult population.)
It is important to note that not all individuals with depression and anxiety seek treatment from a psychiatrist. Many may receive treatment from other mental health professionals such as psychologists or licensed therapists.
Looking for a psychiatrist in Chicago can be a daunting task. You may be feeling alone, afraid or even broken. Sometimes it can be hard to summon the energy to ask for help. With so many options to choose from, it is hard to know where to start. Don’t fret we got you, our psychiatrists can help you feel better. The right psychiatrist is crucial to your well-being. Brightland Health has psychiatry providers that can help you get the treatment you deserve.
What Is a Psychiatrist?
A psychiatrist is a physician (M.D. or D.O.) who specializes in mental health. Psychiatrists are qualified to diagnose and treat a range of mental health conditions, including Major Depressive Disorder (depression), Generalized Anxiety Disorder (anxiety), Bipolar Disorder, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Unlike most psychologists, who focus on talk therapy and counseling, psychiatrists prescribe medications. This makes them a valuable resource for people who may benefit from medication to manage their mental health symptoms.
What Can a Psychiatrist do for My Mental Health?
A psychiatrist can do several things to help you manage your mental health problems. Here are some of the ways a psychiatrist can help:
Should I see a psychologist or psychiatrist or both?A psychologist (or therapist) typically focuses on talk therapy and behavioral interventions, while a psychiatrist prescribes medication. It may be beneficial to see both a therapist and a psychiatrist to address different aspects of treatment. It depends upon your individual needs and preferences. Here at Brightland Health we have the best psychiatrists and the best therapists in the Chicago area.
When should I seek therapy or psychiatry medications?It may be a good idea to seek psychiatric treatment (medications) if you are experiencing symptoms such as persistent sadness, hopelessness, mood swings, difficulty concentrating, or changes in sleep. Additionally, if you are struggling with issues such as trauma, relationship problems, or difficulty adjusting to a major life change, therapy can provide the support and guidance that you may need.
What should I expect during my first appointment?During your first appointment with a therapist or psychiatrist, you can expect to discuss the concerns you have about your current situation. It may feel uncomfortable at first to talk about your feelings. We will help you feel safe and supported. At the first appointment your therapist or psychiatrist will likely perform a diagnostic assessment, which may include asking you questions about your mood, thoughts, and behavior. They may also explain the therapeutic process and schedule future follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan.
Will I be seen in-person or virtually?Whether you will be seen in-person or virtually for your psychiatric appointment or your therapy appointment depends on the current situation and the preference of our mental health clinic. Often your first visit will be in-person. Virtual appointments (Telehealth) are conducted via video conferencing, and allow you to receive treatment from the comfort of your own Home.
How long does it take to reach a diagnosis?The length of time it takes for a psychiatrist or therapist to diagnose you can depend on the complexity of the situation. Often during your first visit, your psychiatrist or therapist will diagnose you with a DSM 5 condition. Examples include: Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Major Depressive Disorder (Depression), Generalized Anxiety Disorder (Anxiety), Panic Disorder (Panic Attacks), or Bipolar Disorder (Mood swings). Your assessment may include a review of your past and present symptoms, psychiatric history, and medical history. The process can take anywhere from one appointment to several appointments spanning a few weeks.
How long are appointments?Typically, the initial evaluation or “intake” is 50 minutes for both therapy and psychiatry. The subsequent visits or “follow up” appointments are 20 minutes for psychiatry and 50 minutes for therapy.
How long will I be in treatment?The length of treatment for mental health conditions varies depending on the individual symptoms, and response to treatment. Some individuals may experience improvement within a few weeks or months, while others may require long-term treatment.
Can you explain this insurance stuff?We can try. You may call member services; the number is located on the back of your insurance card for a more thorough explanation. In-network: An in-network provider has a contract with your insurance company allowing you to use health insurance to help pay for your appointment. Out-of-network: An out-of-network provider does not accept your health insurance. You may still see them, pay the self pay rate and receive a superbill. You can use the superbill to submit to your insurance for potential reimbursement. Deductible: The amount of money you will pay out-of-pocket for health care before your insurance company starts to help you out. Co-pay: A co-pay is a set amount of money you may owe for a visit. Co-insurance: Co-insurance is a percentage of the total amount that you may owe for a visit.
Does insurance cover my appointments?It is a good idea to check with your insurance company to understand your benefits before you schedule an appointment with us. At Brightland Health we are in-network with Blue Cross Blue Shield PPO and Blue Choice PPO. If you have one of these two insurance plans, we encourage you to book a psychiatry visit or therapy session with us. Insurance companies will likely cover part of the cost of the visit. You are responsible to pay your copay, co-insurance, or deductible. Please understand that you might still be responsible to pay for your entire visit.
Can I still schedule an appointment if I do not have health insurance?Yes. You may call for self-pay rates and schedule your psychiatry appointment or therapy session at Brightland Health.
Factors to Consider When Choosing a Psychiatrist:
When I am looking for a psychiatrist near me, what factors should I consider? Here are some things to keep in mind:
Another important factor is location. You might want to find a Chicago psychiatrist who is located near you, so you don't have to travel too far to get to appointments. Brightland Health is conveniently located in the Lincoln Park Chicago and Lakeview Chicago area. Search for a “psychiatrist near me” and find us on Diversey and Halsted.
Some psychiatrists specialize in treating specific mental health conditions. We specialize in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder and Depression. We also manage other conditions. If you are unsure of your diagnosis, our psychiatry providers will do a comprehensive evaluation to find the best possible care for you.
You might also want to consider the psychiatrist's availability. Are they able to see you on a regular basis? Make sure you find a provider who is able to meet your needs. We have psychiatrists with immediate openings and offer some evening and Saturday appointments.
What to Expect During Your First Appointment:
Once you have scheduled with a psychiatrist at Brightland Heath, your first appointment will be an evaluation that lasts about 50 minutes. During this evaluation, the psychiatrist will ask you about your symptoms, mental health history, and medical history.
This intake evaluation is important for the psychiatrist to get a better understanding of your condition and develop an appropriate treatment plan. Be honest and open during this evaluation so that the psychiatrist can provide you with the best possible care.
Why is Finding a Psychiatrist Near Me important?
Finding a Chicago psychiatrist is important because it allows you to easily access mental health care when you need it. We offer virtual visits (telehealth) and in person appointments. Your condition may be difficult to manage on your own, and a qualified psychiatrist from Brightland Health can provide you the support and treatment you need to improve your overall quality of life.