Psychiatry and Medication Management

What to expect when meeting with your psychiatric med provider for a psychiatric evaluation

A request to fill out a medical history including past experiences with medications prior to your visit. This can be done in the comfort of your own home with a chance to ask family members for help. Your provider will look at this prior to the visit. It is important to consider as much data as possible as your prescriber formulates the most appropriate diagnosis and best treatment options.

During the appointment, a board-certified psychiatric medication provider like a physician or nurse practitioner will conduct a psychiatric evaluation, that includes an interview (questions that will be asked) that collects information about behavioral or emotional symptoms of the patient, along with their medical, emotional, and social history. Family members may also be interviewed to help understand the patient’s symptoms and history.

A mental status examination is conducted that involves questions about current symptoms related to thoughts, cognition, and memory.

The medication provider will discuss a diagnosis and seek the patient’s input to help create a treatment plan. Psychiatric medications may or may not be recommended to help reduce emotional or behavioral symptoms.

How long will the appointment last? Usually 1 hour will be allocated to your first appointment.

When will I be seen again? If you medication provider accepts your case and you agree to treatment, then you will likely be seen once per month for several months. When you are feeling better for several months, you will likely only need to be seen a few times a year or when something changes.

What are some commonly prescribed psychiatric medications?

Antidepressants: SSRIs: Zoloft, Prozac, Luvox, Celexa, Lexapro, Trintellix, Viibryd, Cymbalt, Effexor

Antianxiety: Ativan, Klonopin, Restoril, Valium

Mood Stabilizers: Depakote, Lithium, Lamictal

Sleep Aids: Ambien, Lunesta, Rozerum

Attention and Focus: Adderall, Ritalin or methylphenidate, Vyvanse

Antipsychotics: Haldol, Seroquel, Latuda, Vraylar, Zyprexa, Abilify


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