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A psychiatric evaluation is an assessment of an individual’s mental, biological and social functioning, based on the person’s present problems and symptoms. The evaluation may result in the diagnosis of a mental health condition, followed by a treatment plan outlining the goals of therapy, which may include psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy (medications), or both. We also offer online psychiatric evaluations for many conditions through our telepsychiatry services. Our goal at Harmony United Psychiatric Care is to help each individual achieve his or her goals for a psychologically healthy and fulfilling life.
Medication, coupled with psychotherapy, is an effective strategy for treating many mental health conditions, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, ADHD, sleep problems, and schizophrenia.
At Harmony Untied Psychiatric Care, our psychiatrists, psychologists, and other mental health professionals work closely together to deliver the best treatment for each individual. Medication management is a crucial piece of this approach, as not all medications will be received or tolerated by patients in the same way.
As you begin your treatment plan, please keep in mind that your medication may take some time to be effective. For example, with many antidepressant medications, it may take 4-6 weeks before you start feeling better. Sometimes, you may also experience undesirable side effects if you are new to taking a certain medication or if the medication interacts with other prescription drugs you are using.
Your provider at Harmony United Psychiatric Care will work with you to adjust your medication, as necessary. Monitoring how you respond to your medication is an important part of the care we provide. We know that people respond differently to various medications, and we want to make sure you start feeling better as soon as possible.
Psychotherapy consists of a range of treatments that can help with mental health problems, emotional challenges, and some psychiatric disorders. Psychotherapy aims to enable patients, or clients, to understand their feelings, and what makes them feel positive, anxious, or depressed.
Neuropsychological testing is an in-depth assessment of skills and abilities linked to brain function. The evaluation measures such areas as attention, problem solving, memory, language, I.Q., visual-spatial skills, academic skills, and social-emotional functioning. Neuropsychological evaluation is different from tests included in a neurological evaluation (e.g., EEG) or neuroimaging (e.g., CT or MRI scan).
A neuropsychologist completes a neuropsychological evaluation. A neuropsychologist is a licensed clinical or school psychologist (with a Psy.D. or Ph.D. degree) who has also completed a two-year fellowship in neuropsychology. Child neuropsychologists provide comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations for preschool age children, school-age children, adolescents, and young adults, to help identify underlying neurocognitive factors that contribute to the strengths and weaknesses of their functioning across settings, usually home and school. Abilities and skills are considered within a developmental framework and compared to peers of the same age or grade, as well as to the individual’s own abilities.
The list below outlines some areas of concern that may lead to making a referral for a neuropsychological evaluation:
A neuropsychological assessment is a process that typically involves a review of relevant documents (e.g., medical records, previous assessments, work appraisals, report cards, transcripts), a clinical interview with the client (and family member, if applicable), a few hours of neuropsychological testing using standardized measures of cognition, production of a written report, and a feedback session for the client and family.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a breakthrough therapy of non pharmacological treatment for patients who continue to experience depressive symptoms despite psychotherapy and anti-depressant treatment or those who are unable to tolerate anti-depressant medications because of the side effects. TMS has been shown to produce changes in neuronal activity in regions of the brain implicated in mood regulation, such as the prefrontal cortex. As each magnetic pulse passes through the skull and into the brain, this induces brief activity of brain cells underlying the treatment coil.
TMS uses a magnetic field to stimulate nerve cells in the brain which reduces depression. TMS can treat depression without having to take any medication.
Harmony United Psychiatric Care is now offering online counseling and telepsychiatry services, also known as telehealth psychiatry, throughout Florida. Now you can talk to a psychiatrist online and take advantage of the many benefits of online mental health services:
We offer the following online mental health services through our telehealth psychiatry program: