A psychiatry consultation explores possible biological, lifestyle, psychological, developmental and environmental contributions to symptoms. A thorough evaluation may require 1 or more appointments depending on the complexity of the behaviors presented by the patient. Many clients have never had a broad and in-depth assessment, and the consultation alone can be therapeutic because sometimes solutions emerge directly from it. Once Dr. van Riel has finished the evaluation, she will discuss the results and treatment options best suited for your condition.
Dr. van Riel works with patients to develop an integrated treatment plan that may include psychotherapy, psychopharmacology, a family plan, and lifestyle adjustments. She monitors progress throughout treatment to assess the effectiveness of the recommendations and make accommodations as needed. If you are experiencing symptoms that may indicate a mental health disorder, make an appointment for a psychiatric evaluation.
Dr. van Riel uses this comprehensive consultation to identify the issue at the root of the patient’s symptoms. It is important for the condition and its cause to be diagnosed so that the most effective treatment plan can be put in place. These disorders can include but are not limited to:
Medication review is a part of a treatment plan to ensure that a patient is taking the right medication, at the right dose, for optimal effect. Medication reviews also monitor for harmful drug interactions and making sure the patient and his or her family understand the importance of the medication in the overall treatment plan. Many mental health disorders demand a standard of care that is particular to the patient’s diagnosis. Dr. van Riel understands the special attention that is needed and the unexpected roadblocks that can be encountered when trying to diagnose and treat a mental health condition. Medication review is done with the best outcomes in mind and the doctor ensures that the patient is prescribed the best medications to treat the condition and manage the symptoms. She educates her patients and their families to build their knowledge of medication outcomes prior to starting a medication trial.
If any patient experiences sudden changes in mood, or well-being, or has physical side effects, he or she should discuss the symptoms with the doctor immediately. Dr. van Riel will determine if this is a serious concern, or if it can wait until the next scheduled appointment. Similarly, if the patient experiences and side effects like tightness or pain the chests or trouble breathing he or she should go to the emergency room.
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