There are many tools available to a psychiatrist in this day and age. Treatments include: medications (also known as psychopharmacology), psychotherapy (psychodynamic/psychoanalytic, supportive, CBT, DBT), diet, exercise, light therapy, career counseling etc. I approach each new encounter with a patient with an open mind by trying to understand your unique situation, symptoms, problems, and personal family history. By listening closely to your description of your difficulties, how you think about your problems and how you express your feelings, I can tailor specific treatments to your individual needs.
Following a diagnostic assessment, a treatment plan may include both psychotherapy and medication, psychotherapy alone, or medication alone. Oftentimes, I will also recommend other treatments or interventions including: a medical work-up, seeing a nutritionist, family therapy, etc.