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Medical and Psychiatry Treatment

  • 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.