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Common Questions

What can a psychiatrist do for me?
A psychiatrist is a certified medical professional who specializes in the diagnosis, treatment, and management
of mental illness and psychological problems. A psychiatrist has completed medical school, in addition to at
least four years of training in the field. They are not only trained to diagnose and manage mental illness, but are
also adept at providing psychotherapy. Certain specializations within psychiatry require additional years of
training and qualification. Within the profession, each psychiatrist generally has specific areas of interest and
specialization but also has the skills to provide treatment from multiple approaches.
 
What will happen during my first appointment?
We will meet with you for an extensive interview and psychiatric evaluation in which we will gather some
information such as your history, symptoms, and family dynamics. In this first session together, we will
determine the best plan of action for moving forward.
 
Will my treatment be kept confidential?
We will not reveal any information regarding what is said or done by either party in our work on your case,
unless you have signed the Authorization to Disclose Information form. If we determine that you are in danger of
harming yourself or another person, we are obligated by law to notify the authorities.
 
Will the cost of my treatment be covered by my insurance plan?
Depending on the insurance provider you are using, coverage for our services will vary. Many insurance
companies reimburse anywhere from 50-80% of the total cost of services. We request payment at the beginning
of each session, and can be paid with cash, checks, or all major credit cards.
 
How long will my treatment last?
There are no precise determinations that we can make regarding the length of your treatment. Generally
speaking, the longer your mental illness has gone undiagnosed or untreated, the longer the treatment will take.
Some conditions may not require a long time to successfully treat, while others will need considerably more.
Certain mental illnesses may need just a couple of visits, and others require life-long maintenance. We believe
that you should seek treatment as early as possible for the best long-term outcome.
 
How can I prevent mental illness coming back?
We give you guidance and protocols to adhere to, both inside and outside of our office. Follow the treatment
regimen and plan of action that we prescribe. Make sure that you follow the medication regimen, attend the
psychotherapy and counseling sessions, and keep your life as balanced as you can. It is very important to try
and avoid stressful situations, let your loved ones help you whenever possible, and seek help the moment you
feel like your mental illness is coming back or getting worse.
 
What determines if my mental illness will come back?
There are certain predictable circumstances that may trigger the recurrence of mental illness.
Coexisting or compounding stresses are especially important to watch for. A mental illness is more likely to
recur if there are additional life stressors such as family or marital problems, starting a new job, or losing
someone close to you.
Age: More often than not, if someone is diagnosed with a mental illness earlier in life than later, there is a higher
likelihood of the illness recurring.
Diagnosis: Some mental illnesses more commonly recur than others. Conditions that are more likely to come
back include OCD, drug and alcohol addiction, eating disorders, and bipolar disorder.
 
What if I have an emergency, or an urgent situation comes up?
If you find yourself in the midst of an emergency, please immediately call 9-1-1 or go to your nearest emergency
room. If you have an urgent situation, please contact our office.