When you first arrive, the office staff member will take your insurance information and review office policies and other important paperwork with you and collect the doctor’s co-pay or fees. With your permission, they will take your picture to integrate into our electronic medical records. They will also check your blood pressure and weight before you see the doctor, or the doctor may do that while in session with you later.
The first psychiatric assessment appointment will last between 30 mins to an hour. The doctor will ask you many questions pertaining to your health, background, problems, and treatment history. This is because mental-health problems are viewed from a bio-psycho-social model, so the doctor will ask about your physical health, psychological factors, and social issues.
After an assessment, the doctor will discuss treatment recommendations with you, which may include ordering lab work, prescribing medications, and other therapeutic recommendations. You then check out with the front desk staff and can set up your follow-up appointment.