Please fill out the intake packet before the date of your appointment. Please also submit copies of all past testing, psychiatric or psychological treatment records, school/college records and psychiatric inpatient records/discharge summaries, if applicable.
About the evaluation
There are no standard psychological or laboratory tests by which one can make a psychiatric diagnosis. The diagnosis is made by listening to the presenting concerns, going over the records, reviewing the family and patient's history, conducting interviews with the patient, the family, and others, if necessary.
The initial evaluation will help you determine
What may be the underlying reason for the problems? Are there any psychological, medical, neurological, or genetic problems underlying the condition? Do the problems present a psychiatric disorder or a variant of normal behavior? What can be done to address the problems and what will happen if we do nothing?
The initial evaluation takes approximately one hour, sometimes longer and consists of:
Patient and family interview
Discussion of findings and presentation of diagnostic impression
The evaluation will give you a good understanding of what's going on. There are many ways to deal with the problems. Many patients and the families are uncomfortable about psychiatric medications. We want you to know that medications are not always recommended and often are not even appropriate. The decision about the medication depends on the nature and severity of the problems, the patient's age, associated issues, but ultimately, on the best available treatment option.
If a medication is prescribed, you will be scheduled for follow-up appointments in one week to one month in time, depending on the problems and the prescribed medication(s).
We look forward to seeing you and hope that we can be of service.
Said A. Ibrahimi M.D.