All psychiatrists and nurse practitioners (NPs) at DCBHS are trained in diagnostic evaluation and in psychotherapy. As part of their evaluation of the patient, psychiatrists and NPs may prescribe psychiatric medication, conduct physical examinations, and order laboratory tests.
The first consultation is 60 minutes, focused on obtaining a comprehensive picture of your concerns as well as information about your past psychiatric and medical history, habits, routines and areas of strength and weakness. Diagnosis and treatment options will then be discussed as well as ways to best implement the treatment plan. Follow up appointments are usually between 15 to 30 minutes long and involve tracking progress, alleviation of symptoms, monitoring for side effects and obtaining collateral information from family, therapists, other medical providers and teachers, if deemed beneficial and permission is granted. Medical tests such as blood work, EKGs, EEGs, MRI scans or other assessments may be indicated.
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