You are on the right track if you decide to see a psychiatrist to help you with your mental health. It’s not easy realizing you have anxiety, depression, or other mental disorders. Seeking help is the first and most important step. Part of your treatment will involve attending psychiatrist sessions; here is what you can expect.
Starting the psychiatrist sessions
Arguably, the hardest part is starting psychiatry sessions. Once you have identified a psychiatrist you have confidence in, you may book sessions.
Psychiatry sessions can take between 60 and 90 minutes. The duration balances what you need and what you will be comfortable with.
During the first session, the psychiatrist will attempt to get to know you and your condition. It’s also called the intake session. During the intake session, you will come across administrative stuff like the;
- Professional disclosure statement will inform you about the psychiatrist’s background, the treatment process, and how your personal information may be handled. The document will be presented to you at the beginning of the session. Your part is to read and sign it as consent to treatment.
- Personal history form, which collects information about you and reasons for seeking therapy. You may get this form online to print and fill in before you come into the office.
- Sometimes, you may need to complete tests and assessments during the intake session. It will form part of your psychiatrist’s information to decide on your therapy and medication.
After the paperwork, you will get to sit down with the psychiatrist. The psychiatrist will have their questions, but you will also get a chance to ask your own. The later sessions have less paperwork and deal more with your condition.
What happens in the follow-up sessions?
The questions, tests, and assessments from the intake session will form the data your psychiatrist needs to make a diagnosis. After the diagnosis, the psychiatrist will draw up a personalized treatment plan which may have the following;
- Prescriptions for psychiatric medications like antidepressants or anti-anxiety drugs.
- Lab tests or procedures to identify contributing physical issues.
- Referral to another healthcare provider like a psychologist, therapist, or counselor.
- If you need specialized care, the psychiatrist can recommend and provide information about your requirements.
Your treatment can be a combination of the above therapies. You may ask any questions about the treatment plan at your sessions. Mental health is critical to your well-being; contact LightHouse Health for assistance.