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If you’re managing an inflammatory condition such as arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout or pseudogout, giant cell arteritis or lupus, you will work with a local rheumatologist. Managing a chronic condition can be stressful, and many people experience anxiety or depression as a result. People with inflammatory conditions may benefit from working with a local psychiatrist or psychologist. One of the main differences between a local psychiatrist and psychologist is that a psychiatrist can prescribe medication in addition to providing counselling.
A local psychiatrist is a physician who is educated and trained in treating mental disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, alcoholism and ADHD. A local psychiatrist may use a variety of techniques, including medication, psychotherapy and psychosocial interventions. If you’d like to learn more about how a local psychiatrist can help you manage a chronic inflammatory condition such as rheumatoid arthritis, Raynaud’s phenomenon, psoriatic arthritis, polymyalgia rheumatica, lupus and fibromyalgia, start by talking to your local family physician.
Bipolar disorder, also known as manic-depressive illness, causes a periodic cycling of manic (heightened emotions and extreme activity) and depressive phases (sadness and lethargy). Your primary care provider is a good place to start if you or someone you love is dealing with mental health issues. He or she will be able to refer you to a mental health professional such as a psychologist, psychiatrist or counsellor.