What to Expect

The Initial Visit

The first step in obtaining the best possible outcome is receiving a comprehensive psychiatric assessment. We gather pertinent information in order to make a determination of the most likely diagnosis and effective treatment. Our clinicians gather all aspects of a patient’s situation when determining the best treatment modalities – including information about current and past medical issues , past psychiatric treatment, current and/or past substance abuse, family psychiatric history and a thorough psychiatric interview. We will work closely with patients and with their consent, their family members, from the very beginning to ensure that we have identified any and all relevant concerns and issues that could effect initial treatment planning and ultimate outcome.

The Acute Phase

The initial phase (acute phase) treatment shall be the initial assessment and typically followup within several weeks to a month to monitor clinical response to psychiatric medications(if prescribed) and/or potential side effects. Also, laboratory workup as indicated, which would include possible neuroimaging (MRI, CT) and/or EEG, and/or consultations with other specialists. Also, communication with the primary care provider is done at this time if not already done at the initial visit. The initial followup visits and/or consultations are extremely important in returning the patient to baseline. In many instances, baseline was less than optimal and that would be the goal.

The Treatment Phase

The next phase (treatment phase) shall consist of monthly to bi-monthly appointments with minor adjustments to medications if and as needed , discussing laboratory and/or neuroimaging results, addressing compliance issues, patient concerns, psychoeducation,etc. This typically could last six months to a year or more depending upon the complexity of the presenting issues.

The Maintenance Phase

This stage or phase of treatment is typically after the patient is in full remission or baseline functioning that can be reasonably expected depending upon the severity or chronic nature of the condition of the illness. Maintenance treatment might be necessary in some patients for an indefinite period of time. It is Dr. Warner's hope that patients will be able to move forward, live their best lives and return only and if as needed after appropriate psychiatric treatment. Depending upon the nature of the presenting issue(s), Dr. Warner might suggest long term treatment in psychotherapy. Appointments in this phase will typically be every 2-3 months in patients with chronic illnesses with a focus on medication management, appropriate lab monitoring with certain medications and ongoing psychoeducation. Patients are encouraged to call for much sooner and more extensive appointment if problems arise in between scheduled appointments. If necessary, patients will be worked into the schedule immediately or consideration of hospitalization depending upon the severity of the situation. Fortunately, it has been Dr. Warner's experience of over 20 years in having very low rates of psychiatric hospitalizations with patients under his care.

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