Psychiatrists are medical doctors (M.D. or D.O.) who specialize in the prevention, assessment, diagnosis, treatment of, and recovery from mental illness. A psychiatrist has completed medical school and an additional four or more years of residency training in psychiatry.
The primary goal of psychiatry is the relief of mental distress and improvement of mental well-being. Medical research has led to treatments for a variety of mental health conditions that have a biological basis and can be positively affected by psychotropic medications.
How to Access Psychiatric Services at Ohio University
- Attend a first appointment with a counselor on the 3rd Floor of Hudson Health Center. To get started, call (740)593-1616. This appointment will be to discuss your concerns and guide you to services to best address your needs.
- Complete a release of information and have your current physician send medical records to CPS at (740)593-0091. Attn: Psychiatry
- Depending on demand, it may take 6 weeks to see the psychiatrists. If clinically appropriate, the counselor may refer you to an OhioHealth Campus Care Primary Care Physician either in lieu of psychiatry or in the interim.
- You will be given a Psychiatric Questionnaire at your first appointment if it is determined that a psychiatric referral is appropriate. Thorough completion of this form and presentation at the time of your initial psychiatric assessment will be necessary to gather needed information in a timely manner.