Psychiatry in Lexington KY

Psychiatry, Psychiatric Evaluation & Medication Management in Lexington, Richmond & Frankfort KY

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Psychiatry Lexington KY
Welcome to the Psychiatry Lexington, KY website, which offers information on psychiatry services offered in Lexington, Richmond, and Frankfort, KY. For details on each specific location, please click the appropriate office below. For general information on our services, please keep reading.

Lexington Counseling and Psychiatry Office: (859) 338-0466
Richmond Counseling and Psychiatry Office: (859) 314-1281
Frankfort Counseling and Psychiatry Office: (502) 352-2208

Currently, our locations employ a psychiatric nurse practitioner, or APRN, that delivers our psychiatric services. She performs psychiatric diagnostic evaluations, prescribes medication, and continues to follow up with their psychiatric patients for medication needs. Psychiatric nurse practitioners often perform very similar duties as psychiatrists in KY.

Christine Dalton holds MSN and APRN credentials and is licensed to provide psychiatric evaluation and medication management for children and adults.

Currently, we do not provide psychiatric services, including medication management, to anyone under age 18.

In addition, Christine Dalton, APRN, works side-by-side other medical practitioners, including mental health practitioners, psychiatrists, physicians, and counselors, ensuring the highest quality of care for each and every patient.

Psychiatry is, as detailed by the American Psychiatric Association, the medicinal practice of understanding, assessing, diagnosing, and treating mental disorders, including emotional disorders, behavioral disorders, disorders regarding perception and cognition, or thinking, and other disorders. Because of an extensive medical background, psychiatrists are able to provide extensive therapy and other treatment to treat and prevent mental disorders.

Psychiatry is considered a medical specialty, in which the psychiatrist, or doctor, is able to provide specific and specialized care, utilizing their extensive knowledge and practice regarding mental illness and unstable situations. Because psychiatrists can prescribe medication, they often have a very diverse list of treatment options, and are able to work with each individual patient to determine the path best for them.

Psychiatric care can be helpful when dealing with anxiety, phobias, OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder, PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), schizophrenia, paranoia, personality disorders, bipolar disorder, depression, anorexia, bulimia, insomnia, and more. Psychiatric care can include child and/or adolescent psychiatry, general adult psychiatry, older person’s psychiatry, learning disabilities, and psychotherapy, or talking therapy.

According to the AACAP (American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry), psychiatric care offers the patient and family the advantage of a medical education, medical traditions, and medical responsibility for providing comprehensive care, while using a direct knowledge of psychological and social factors in assessing, diagnosing, and treating the patient. By interchangeably using psychology and medical practices, the patient is receiving a powerful and comprehensive treatment plan in which they are able to combine tactics of medicine and psychology in order to effectively treat the mental or emotional illness.

What is the difference between psychology and psychiatry?

Often, the terms psychologist and psychiatrist are used interchangeably; however, they are significantly different. Psychologists and psychiatrists both provide mental health and counseling treatment, but differences between psychologists and psychiatrists include education, qualifications, duties and responsibilities regarding patients, and abilities.

Psychologists often have doctoral degrees in psychology, while psychiatrists hold medical degrees. Also, psychologists obtain a PhD (Doctor of Philosophy) or PsyD (Doctor of Psychology) as opposed to a MD (Medical Doctor), or other medical divisions of graduate training.

Psychiatrists receive more training than psychologists in the areas of assessment, treatment, diagnosis, and mental illness prevention. Because of this, they are often have a residency requirement in which they work hands-on with psychiatric patients, therefore gathering more experience.

Additionally, psychiatrists can prescribe medication, and psychologists are generally unable to do so. This provides a steep advantage to seeking psychiatric care if you are interested in a prescription to accompany your therapy. Often, there are mental illnesses that will greatly improve with the assistance of medication. A trained psychiatrist can help you get on the right path to wellness, with the aid of medication.

What is a psychiatrist?

The American Psychiatry Association describes psychiatrists as a medical practitioner who is able to diagnose, treat, and prevent mental illness and emotional problems. Psychiatrists are highly trained and practiced and are able to combine counseling techniques with a strong knowledge of biology and neurology in order to provide the highest level of care for all patients.

Qualifications of psychiatrists include obtaining state licensure upon completion of medical school, completion of a one-year residency in which diverse experience is obtained, and gathering additional experience over a three-year period while still under supervision.

How can we help?

Our experienced MSN and APRN, Christine Dalton, can use her extensive experience and education in order to successfully diagnose, treat, and help you manage your mental illness. Using effective psychotherapy techniques paired with medication or other treatment options will allow a quick recovery from your debilitating mental illness.

You don’t have to suffer from mental illness. Let our office assist you in managing this problem today. Contact us if you have any questions or for Psychiatry Lexington, KY. Please call today to schedule your appointment! We are here to serve you in Lexington, Richmond, and Frankfort, KY. Don’t hesitate!

Lexington Office: (859) 338-0466
Richmond Office: (859) 314-1281
Frankfort Office: (502) 352-2208

In case of severe emergency, please contact 911.

Psychiatry Lexington, KY provides psychiatric services to clients in Central Kentucky at 4 locations.
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Lexington, KY

Darby Creek Location
501 Darby Creek Road
Suite 11
Lexington KY, 40509
Phone: 859-338-0466
Fax: 859-294-0802

Duval Street Location
1092 Duval St.
Lexington, KY 40509
Phone: (859) 523-7383

Frankfort, KY

105 Diagnostic Drive
Suite B
Frankfort KY, 40601
Phone: 502-352-2208
Fax: 502- 352-2209

Richmond, KY

5011 Atwood Drive
Richmond KY, 40475
Phone: 859-314-1281
Fax: 859-353-8032

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By Paul Dalton 05 Feb, 2016
So you live in Kentucky and only a few more weeks until spring. Everyone should be happy and feel better about that, right? I think most of us get a sense of relief and hope, and that cognitive energy to bust out of the winter season and get moving. For some, the spring can be a rough time. Depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, and relationship issues prevent the spring season from being all that it could be. Following are some reasons that these and other conditions may worsen in the spring, a few resources for you, and some concrete strategies you can implement to help yourself. 

So why do people struggle some in the spring when it should be all flowers and sunshine? 

1. Sleep
Many times the spring season causes a change in our circadian rhythm . The sun wakes you up in the am, it is difficult to keep a routine, and restlessness all contribute to the sleep problem. Our eating in the winter and spring can affect how much we sleep. Caffeine, napping, undereating, and how much we are moving, all contribute to how much we sleep. Spring likely has an effect on melatonin in the body, which aids in sleep. 

Strategies that help are EXERCISE and EATING RIGHT! If you keep moving with the help of  a tool like a Fitbit or utilize regular exercise of 45 minutes or more 4-5 times per week, you are far less likely to have sleep problems. Exercise helps you sleep. Exercise helps you eat better. Eating and sleeping adequately can reduce your stress and fight any symptoms you may have. Eating healthy keeps your mind, body, and spirit in a positive place. When your body is well, your mind has a great chance of being well too. Sounds too simple? Give it a try!

The sleep foundation can help here :  Sleep Foundation Healthy Sleep Tips
Eating Right For Spring
Here is a good link to read on symptoms getting worse in the spring: Spring Makes Symptoms Worse

2. Spring Fever is Real
Our office has existed for over 15 years now. I can tell you that March to May is our busiest time of the year, always. Bipolar disorder, marital infidelity, depression, and anxiety are the main reasons people call us in the spring. The real causes of spring fever include longer days that produce more sunshine and increased energy, changes in hormone production, sleep cycles, nutrition and diet changes, body needs, and possibly, a lack of self care. When we bust of out winter here in Kentucky we sometimes forget that it takes a little time to get our minds and bodies in shape for yard work, spring cleaning, and for many, an increased workload all the way around. Here are some links to let you know spring fever is real. 

Spring Fever
WEB MD-You Give Me Spring Fever
Wiki Spring Fever
Spring Time Bad for Depression

3. Expectations Are High

Sometimes in spring we have been thinking about all the things we should of, could of, would of done if we had lived in San Diego or Florida during our winter days. The reality of being human can set in when we find out that spring has sprung, it is time to get moving, and we don't have the energy or drive to complete our list of high expectations. Many people are disappointed in themselves and these outcomes. Don't worry about it. 

Strategies you can use include setting small attainable goals you can feel good about. Work on your list a little at a time. Make goals that regular people can reach with time built in for you to EXERCISE AND SLEEP. Do a mix of things that you enjoy and are healthy for you while completing your responsibilities. If you deny yourself from pleasure too long, that strategy is likely to backfire. Have a good balanced approach. Use a checklist that has 3 sections. One section is for today. One section is for the week. Reserve one part of the list for things your are really wanting to do. Put a vacation or planned fun activities on a calendar. Look up things you might want to do during that time online. Planning, thinking and dreaming are fine. They keep us hopeful. 

Tiny Buddha Expectations and Disappointment
Expectations at The Silent Blog
Three Ways Expectations Can Hurt You

4. Allergies

If you live in Kentucky, you know about allergies. Kentucky is known to be one of the worst states when it comes to spring and fall allergies.  Louisville is ranked as one of the worst cities in the entire country to live in due to allergies.   Many times people are unaware they are being affected. Sometimes the symptoms are less obvious than a runny nose, cough, and cold like symptoms. Many times people are lethargic, grouchy, have headaches, and have cognitive deficits. The allergic affect we have in Kentucky can quickly turn into a sinus infection, bronchitis, ear infections, and other maladies that make us mentally and physically drained. That flower below can cause us some issues! 

Get to a doctor. Take a seasonal allergy medication. Some are mild, like Allegra (please get your physician's approval before taking allergy medications) and can be taken everyday. Prescription nose sprays may help, but may also have some cognitive or mood altering side effects. Be careful, but don't suffer! Get help from an allergist if you need it. 

Allergy Resources
Pollen Map
How to Beat Spring Allergies by WEB MD
By creekmoremarketing 21 Sep, 2015

Welcome to our website!

Therapy is a great choice. It works, and I hope you make a commitment today to start. Most people find the idea of attending therapy with a therapist or counselor far more scary than the actual process itself. Here is a link that describes how the process works at our locations.

Our therapists are located in Lexington, Frankfort and Richmond, KY. See individual profiles of our therapy providers here . I hire our professionals personally and attempt to provide you with someone that will care about your outcome and treat you well. These are experts at counseling and therapy and provide services you will want to tell others about.

Our clinicians care, and you will know they are different in that respect. Providing therapy in Central Kentucky is much more than a job to our therapists. It is a profession, and a way of life.

Please let us help you today!   Contact us here   or at 859.338.0466 now.


Paul D. Dalton, MS, LPCC, CADC

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