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What does a Psychiatrist do?

A Psychiatrist is a medical doctor who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental illnesses. People can seek psychiatric help for a variety of reasons including panic attacks, hearing “voices,” and prolonged feelings of anxiety or sadness that have begun to affect everyday life, among others. Psychiatrists can also prescribe many different treatment options such as psychotherapy, medications, psychosocial interventions, and electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), depending on the needs of the patient.

What is Mental Health and why is it important?

  1. Mental health includes our psychological, emotional, and social well-being. Mental health can not only affect how we act, feel, and think, but also influences how we handle stress, decisions, and our relationships with others. 
  2. Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health issues, your mood, behavior, and overall thinking can be affected.
  3. Mental health issues can be determined by:
      • Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry
      • Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse
      • Family history of mental health problems

Mental Illness

What is Mental Illness?

Also called mental health disorders, mental illness refers to a wide range of mental health conditions. These include disorders that affect mood, thinking, and behavior. Some common examples include addictive behaviors, depression, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, etc. Most people will experience mental health concern every so often. However, a mental health concern becomes a mental illness when signs and symptoms cause frequent stress and affect one’s ability to function. In most cases, symptoms can be managed with a combination of psychotherapy and medications.


Signs and symptoms depend on the disorder and other circumstances. Some examples include:

  • Feeling down or sad
  • Reduced ability to concentrate or confused thinking
  • Withdrawal from friends and activities
  • Significant tiredness, problems sleeping, or low energy
  • Extreme feelings of guilt or excessive fears/worries
  • Extreme mood changes
  • Hallucinations, paranoia, or detachment from reality
  • Inability to cope with stress, daily activities, or daily problems
  • Trouble understanding and/or relating to people and situations
  • Issues with drug use and alcohol
  • Big changes to eating habits
  • Sex drive changes
  • Excessive violence, hostility, or anger
  • Suicidal thoughts


Mental illness are thought to be caused by a variety of factors
  1. Inherited traits: Mental illness is more common in those whose close relatives also deal with mental illness. Some genes may increase risk for developing mental illness and a life situation can trigger it.
  2. Environmental exposures before birth: Exposure to environmental stressors, toxins, inflammatory conditions, or alcohol/drugs while in the womb has sometimes been linked to mental illness
  3. Brain chemistry: Neurotransmitters are brain chemicals that carry signals to other parts of the brain or body. When the nerve networks involving these chemicals are working improperly, emotional disorders can result.

When to see a Doctor?

Suicidal thoughts and behavior are common with some mental illnesses. If you think you may hurt yourself or attempt suicide, get help right away:

  • Call 911 immediately
  • Call your mental health specialist
  • Call a suicide hotline number. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or use its webchat at
  • Seek help from your primary care provider
  • Reach out to a close friend or loved one
  • Contact a minister, spiritual leader, or someone else in your faith community

Mental health disorders that we treat here at TRS Health include:

  • Generalized anxiety disorder
  • Bi-polar disorder
  • ADHD
  • Eating disorders
  • Depression
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Post-Traumatic stress disorder
  • Autism
  • And others!



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Our mission is to provide access to health services to uninsured and underserved populations. The cost of our care is highly subsidized and often lower than insurance copayments.


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