Congratulations, you have taken the time to see a psychiatrist and are taking the first step toward a better life. After you’ve made the commitment, you may be sitting there wondering what your first visit to a psychiatrist for anxiety will entail.
Your medical history
The psychiatrist will ask you about your medical history. The information you provide will provide a starting point for your journey and give the psychiatrist some background. Here are a few things you can expect regarding this;
- History of your medication
- Current medication that you are taking
- History of mental illness and treatment programs. The psychiatrist will ask for psychiatrist records if you have seen one before
- Family history of psychiatric issues
The psychiatrist may also ask to speak to your family members to get a complete understanding of your situation.
The open-ended question
The psychiatrist will ask you something like, “So, what brings you in today?”. The open-ended question is the starting block of your journey. It allows you to state what you hope to gain from the sessions; there have to be goals, after all. What you hope to achieve will enable you to set a clear finish line.
On your first visit to a psychiatrist for anxiety expect emotions
All your appointments will have emotions, but your first may be notably different. It may be the first time you vocalize your concerns, history, emotions, and thoughts. It’s a process that takes a lot of strength and courage, and you may feel exhausted afterward. If this doesn’t happen on the first appointment, don’t worry, you can take your time to build towards it.
The treatment plan
All of the above provide a baseline for your treatment. At the end of the session, the psychiatrist may have a treatment plan ready for you, and they will discuss it with you. Sometimes getting to the treatment plan may take several sessions. Still, the psychiatrist will always share it with you when it’s ready. The plan will include the following;
- Medical options
- Opinion on how much care you need, especially if your condition is severe
- Recommendations on tests and procedures for further diagnosis
- Referrals for psychotherapy
The treatment plan has to suit your preferences, health, and family situation. It only goes forward with your complete understanding and acceptance.
If you would like to start seeing a psychiatrist contact LightHouse Health Group now.