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.
At your first appointment
This will last approximately 90 minutes. The psychiatrist will take a complete history of your presenting concerns and symptoms. Prior to this, you will meet with the Certified Medical Assistant who will check your blood pressure, pulse, and weight. This psychiatric assessment may include:
- a review of mental health symptoms
- a psychiatric history including previous treatments, hospitalizations, and medications (please bring a list)
- a review of physical diagnosis and symptoms
- a family psychiatric history
- a substance use history
- and a social history
Follow-up or Medication Management Appointments
After your initial evaluation, you and your psychiatrist will develop a treatment plan thus empowering you to participate in your mental well-being. This may include:
- Laboratory testing or Psychological Testing
- A discussion of medication recommendations
- Scheduling a 30-minute appointment in two to three weeks to monitor response to medication
- As long as you remain on psychotropic medication, you will need to attend regular follow-up appointments. Initially, your appointments will be about every two to three weeks but as your symptoms decrease, may be scheduled at 90-day intervals.
Evaluation and Treatment of ADHD
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, either hyperactive type, inattentive type, or combined type (ADHD) is a medical diagnosis that, when treated properly, can be controlled thus allowing students to achieve their academic potential. It shares symptoms with multiple other mental and physical diagnoses. Diagnostic clarity is the best way to assure the most appropriate and efficacious treatment. With this in mind, Ohio University Counseling and Psychological Services have developed a careful protocol for establishing the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD.
How to proceed for diagnosis and treatment of ADHD
- Call (740)593-1616 to be directed to a first appointment.
- At that appointment, you will be given an ADHD packet to prepare you for the process and guide you through obtaining records and history.
- Please be aware.
- This can be a very lengthy process as current psychological testing is required. Plan ahead.
- Medication will not be automatically continued without a full assessment by the psychiatrist at Ohio University Counseling and Psychological Services who will be treating you.
- The use of cannabis, even if you have an Ohio Medical Marijuana card, precludes the prescription of stimulant medications.