- Medical issues treatment
- Psychiatric evaluation
- Medication and follow up
What will happen at my first appointment with the psychiatrist?
The psychiatrist will take a thorough history of the presenting problems and symptoms. This will include:
- A review of symptoms related to the most common psychiatric diagnosis.
- A comprehensive psychiatric history including previous treatments, hospitalizations, and medications.
- Medical history consisting of current medical problems and surgeries.
- A family history of psychiatric illnesses.
- Substance use history.
- Social history regarding cultural considerations, work, school, and relationships.
How long will my initial evaluation take?
A comprehensive psychiatric examination includes a 60-90 minute face-to-face session with a psychiatrist. The focus of the interview is on current concerns and symptoms which are interfering with functioning and well-being.
What happens after my evaluation?
- A psychiatric diagnosis is commonly established; psychological testing may be obtained to arrive at a more precise diagnosis.
- A treatment plan will be established between the psychiatrist and patient that may include the use of medications.
- Laboratory testing, as well as other tests, may be obtained to clarify the diagnosis or to rule out medical causes.
- 30 minute follow-up appointments will be scheduled initially at approximately 2-3 week intervals to monitor your symptoms and response to medication.
How often will I need to see my psychiatrist?
As long as you remain on medication, you will need to have follow-up appointments with your psychiatrist to monitor your symptoms and side effects from the medication. In the beginning of treatment, you will likely be seeing your psychiatrist every 2-3 weeks. As your symptoms stabilize, your appointments may be every 1-3 months.
How long will I need to be on my medication?
It varies and will be discussed between you and your psychiatrist.
What should I do if I have a need between appointments?
- Call the office at 786-502-8188 during business hour and request to speak with your psychiatrist.
- Email contact to your psychiatrist is not confidential, may not be timely, and is not recommended.
What should I do if I have a need after hours?
- We do not provide psychiatric services after-hours or on the weekends.
- If there are any urgent concerns that cannot wait until the center is open, call our after hours service at 786-502-8188.
- Refill requests are usually addressed within one business day.
- There are certain medications that cannot be filled without an appointment.
- If it is after hours, you will need to wait until the next business day.
- It is strongly recommended that you call 3 to 4 days before you are out of your medications.