What Happens at my First Visit?
During an initial or first psychiatric visit, the mental health professional will generally conduct a thorough assessment of your mental health and treatment needs. This may include:
Review of your medical history: The mental health professional will ask you about your medical history, including any previous mental health treatment you have received, as well as any physical health conditions or medications you are currently taking.
Assessment of your current symptoms: The mental health professional will assess your current symptoms and any challenges you may be facing. This may include a discussion of your mood, thoughts, behaviors, and overall functioning.
Use of assessment tools: The mental health professional may use various assessment tools and techniques to gather more information about your mental health, such as questionnaires, interviews, and standardized tests.
Development of a treatment plan: Based on the information gathered during the initial visit, the mental health professional will develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs. This may include recommendations for medication, therapy, or other interventions.
Scheduling follow-up appointments: The mental health professional may schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your progress and make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan.
Overall, the goal of an initial psychiatric visit is to assess your mental health and determine the most appropriate and effective treatment for your needs. The mental health professional will work with you to develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your individual needs and goals.