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Q: What is psychiatry?

A: Psychiatry is a branch of medicine focused on the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders.

Q: What do psychiatric nurse practitioners do?

A: They are Board Certified professionals that specialize in mental health. They assess mental health conditions, provide treatment including therapy and medication management, and offer support to individuals and families dealing with mental health issues.

Q: What are some common mental health disorders treated by psychiatric nurse practitioners?

A: Some common mental health disorders treated by psychiatrists include depression, anxiety disorders (such as generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder), bipolar disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), among others. We are specialist in diagnosing and treating ADHD in women as symptoms can manifest differently than in a male.

Q: What is the difference between a psychiatric nurse practitioners and a psychologist?

A: Psychiatric nurse practitioners can prescribe medication and provide medical treatment for mental health disorders. Psychologists are trained in psychology and typically provide therapy and counseling services. While psychologists cannot prescribe medication, they often work closely with psychiatrists to provide comprehensive care to patients. 

Q: How do I know if I need to see a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A: If you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health disorder such as persistent sadness, anxiety, changes in sleep or appetite, difficulty concentrating, or thoughts of self-harm or suicide, it may be beneficial to seek help from a psychiatrist or mental health professional. Also, if you struggle with executive function, focusing on tasks that you don't enjoy, procrastination, then you may have ADHD. We can help.

Q: What can I expect during a psychiatric evaluation?

A: During a psychiatric evaluation, the psychiatric nurse practitioner will ask about your symptoms, medical history, family history, and any medications you are currently taking. They may also ask about  physical issues and order laboratory tests if necessary. Based on this information, they will work with you to develop a treatment plan tailored to your needs.

Q: Is treatment always necessary for mental health disorders?

A: Treatment for mental health disorders depends on the severity of symptoms and their impact on daily functioning. While some individuals may be able to manage mild symptoms with self-care techniques or therapy alone, others may require medication or more intensive treatment. It's important to consult with a psychiatric nurse practitioner or mental health professional to determine the most appropriate course of action for your specific situation.

Q: How long does psychiatric treatment last?

A: The duration of psychiatric treatment varies depending on the individual and their specific needs. Some people may only require short-term treatment to address acute symptoms, while others may benefit from ongoing  medication management to maintain stability and prevent relapse. Treatment duration is typically determined based on progress and ongoing assessment by the psychiatrist.

What patients are saying

Mark - Had I had this medication treatment for my ADHD earlier in my life I would not have flunked out of dental school. I am so grateful I finally found treatment! It has been life changing.

Christina - I am now 42, I wish I had dealt with my mental health issues 20 years ago. I really encourage anyone on the fence to schedule an initial evaluation.

Jacob - I have been misdiagnosed my whole life. Sunrise Mental Health is the first clinic to actually listen to me. After decades, I am finally feeling the BEST I have ever felt!

Maria - I did not think life was worth living anymore. My provider helped me find hope again! I am so grateful for her. Life changing is an understatement.

Meagan - As a woman, it has been hard to know if I have ADHD. After years of wondering, it is hard to describe how good it feels to know that I do have it! Now, I can better understand how my brain works and why I do/think things differently. The medication has changed my life for the better. My husband really appreciates the new me. He says my focus has increased dramatically!

Lindsay - I am a student at the University of Arizona. I was going to flunk out of school. I was able to get on the right dose and med. For the first time ever, I enjoy school! When I read something I don't have to read it 4 times anymore. 

Sara - Depression and anxiety had turned me into someone who I didn't know anymore. I could not feel happy. I just felt empty, all the freaking time. It sucked....bad. Friends and family would try their best to help me feel better. But, unless you have had depression then it's hard for them to know how I feel. Sunrise has given me my life back. I still have bad days but now I bounce back faster. Thank you for saving my life!

Carlos - Coming here was the best decision I have ever made. Stop freaking putting on treatment and go to Sunrise, it will change your life!

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