Armando had been suffering from depression for a long time. He didn’t like admitting that fact, but he knew it was true. It started some time in his late childhood when his parents divorced, when he used to go to the “blue place” in his head. It was a cocoon of safety where he imagined that everything was numb and warm. It had probably been a somewhat healthy defense mechanism when he was young, but when puberty hit this “escape from reality” took on a life of its own. Armando often laughed to himself at the recognition that ever since then, the “blue place” was probably closer to “black,” but the truth was that it was anything but funny. For going on 10 years he slept and ate poorly, had little interest in doing anything but the bare minimum, felt guilty, and rated himself as a “1” on a scale of 1 to 10 on any given day. The good news was that he finally felt he was making some emotional connection with his therapist, but he often still felt just too low to make large steps. She suggested that it was time to see a psychiatrist, and that medication might shave off the bottom register of his depressive feelings, just enough to give him the energy to do what he needed to get better in therapy. He felt excited at the possibility of finally being free.
Eloise had always fluttered from task to task. In fact, when asked to introduce herself to new groups of people and to describe a bit about herself, she often remarked that she was “a butterfly on steroids,”meaning that she never stayed with any one project too long because nothing could hold her attention. She didn’t like saying that about herself, but it was evidence of just how much a part of her personality she considered her struggles with concentration and attention to be. Recently at a routine check-up with her physician, she found herself lamenting her inability to focus, and for the first time, heard someone refer to this as “adult attention-deficit disorder.” She felt shocked and relieved at the same time to know that what she was experiencing had a name. He wanted to prescribe her medication, but before she took that step, she wanted a second opinion. She reasoned that just like someone with a foot problem might see a podiatrist who specialized in the foot, someone like herself with issues of the mind might see a medical specialist. She took to the internet in search of “St. Louis Psychiatrists” and began calling the first few names she found.
Marybeth had recently been promoted to “Vice President of Marketing” when her superiors interviewed and rejected 6 different people for the position vacated by her predecessor and former boss. In other words, after deciding that they weren’t going to find a good fit with someone outside the company, they reasoned that Marybeth had done such a good job in her supportive role as Sales Manager for the past 8 years that they ought to look her way. She was flattered at some level, and certainly glad for the significant pay bump, but she couldn’t get the idea out of her head that since she hadn’t really hadn’t really applied and interviewed for the position, she had therefore not “earned” her way. She also strongly suspected that she didn’t know what she was doing, even though most of the tasks she’d done as a Sales Manager were strikingly similar and she’d always performed swimmingly. Because none of this was what she considered “shareable” with friends or work colleagues, Marybeth found herself mostly suffering alone with these thoughts, and often broke out in cold sweats before going to work after a night of fitful sleep. After heading to her doctor to investigate stomach problems, she was shocked to hear him tell her he’d like her to visit a psychiatrist — he believed she had anxiety.
The Change, Inc. St. Louis Psychiatry Story
If you have been searching for a psychiatrists in the greater St. Louis area, then you’re familiar that calling around to see what’s available may leave you frustrated. Change, Inc. St. Louis Counseling was founded in 2013 when our founder, Mr. Ryan Thomas Neace, moved back to St. Louis to be near family. Each time he and the Change, Inc. team of therapists made a referral to a psychiatrist, clients reported that they left voicemail after voicemail, only to have no one return their calls more often than not. When a St. Louis psychiatrist did return their call, they found out that wait-lists were as long as 2 to 3 months, and sometimes longer!
What’s worse, many psychiatrists are bogged down in managed-care, and try to cram in as many clients in one week as possible. This ultimately translates to spending as little time as possible with you in an effort to keep dollars rolling in.
This leaves way too much to be desired!
Are you a Change, Inc. counseling client? Good news!
Change, Inc. clinicians have relationships with psychiatrists in our community and will happily provide that our list of available psychiatrists to any current clients who are seeing us for counseling!
The best news of all is that we answer the phones, and we can schedule you right away, often in the same week you call!
Integrated Mental Health and Psychiatric Care
At Change, Inc., we embrace a holistic approach to life and mental health. We understand that at any given time, you may be wrestling with depression, anxiety, PTSD, relationship issues, struggles related life transition, and more.
What is Psychiatry?
There are so many kinds of mental health practitioners — counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists! Because of this reality, it’s understandable that you might be confused about what exactly psychiatry is, and whether it’s something you should pursue.
Perhaps the easiest way to understand the difference between a psychiatrist and the other kinds of mental health clinicians is simply to realize this one fact: Psychiatrists are medical doctors, and can prescribe medication — the rest of the mental health practitioners mentioned above cannot. Instead, those practitioners are typically more adept at practicing “psychotherapy” — also known as counseling or “talk” therapy.
While some people choose to only pursue medicine to address mental health issues, research consistently indicates that persons who pursue a combination of medicine and counseling heal much more and much faster than medicine alone.
(If you’d like more information about the issues that our psychiatrists and therapists help people with, please visit our mental health articles page here.)
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