I like to know your social history:
Throughout this process, I am able to complete a mental status exam, where I assess, among other things:
I may also measure your blood pressure, pulse, and weight. At the end of this interview, I establish a diagnosis and treatment plan.
I may ask your permission to contact your therapist, family members, or treating physicians to obtain additional information. Any questions you have throughout this process will be addressed and answered.
If you are a child coming to see me for the first time, I interview both you and your parent(s) or guardian, ideally separately. In addition to the questions mentioned above, I ask about your birth history and early development, as well as any attention or focus problems and behavioral issues.
When prescribing medication, I consider various factors. I get to know your concerns about any potential medications and explain the risks, benefits, potential side effects, and alternative treatments available to you. I look at the medications you are currently taking to make sure there are no potential drug interactions with any new medication I prescribe. I follow you closely while you are on the medication(s) and make sure you tolerate them well and are on an optimum dose.
In addition to medications, I am also trained in various psychotherapy modalities including, but not limited to, psychoanalytic, cognitive-behavioral, supportive, and play therapies. My goal is to find the root cause of the problem at hand and, through a process of self-understanding, guide you back to a rich and functioning life.