At the Morrison Clinic, we provide psychiatric evaluations for adults ages 18-65. The typical wait time for a psychiatric evaluation is less than 2 weeks. Your counselor or medical provider can call our office if they feel you have an urgent need to be seen sooner. We will try out best to work you in for an appointment. Previous clients of Amy Morrison who have not been seen in over a year will be considered a new patient. Since a lot can change in a year, you will need to be scheduled for a psychiatric evaluation. You can schedule by calling our office at 972-656-9532 or through our online patient portal.
As much as we would like to be able to help all people in need, we do recommend that patients at a high risk of hospitalization be scheduled elsewhere. Since we do not have not have hospital privileges we humbly realize we are not the best fit for these patients.
The purpose of the psychiatric evaluation is to gather information in order to make a medical diagnosis. At the Morrison Clinic psychiatric evaluation we try to get a full picture of your current difficulties. This includes your lifestyle, work life balance, and the presenting problem. We also like to rule out the most common psychiatric illnesses. We are unable to complete all of these tasks without patient’s filling out an intake prior to the first appointment. This intake form serves as a way to gather important information. By completing this form prior to the appointment, the time spent with the clinician can be maximized. The clinician can focus on obtaining an accurate diagnosis and counseling the patient.
The Electronic Intake Form
This encrypted form is completed in your patient portal and collects your demographic data, payer information, and includes your consent forms. Additionally this form is used to gather information about your background and history. This includes your social history, family history, medical history, and psychiatric history. The intake form will also cover your current symptoms for which you are seeking treatment.
Your appointment in our office lasts for about an hour. When you arrive to the office you check in to your appointment by using the tablet in the lobby. You complete a brief computerized psychological test on the tablet. Once submitted your test is time stamped and serves to check you in to your appointment. Your clinician will use the first fifteen minutes of your appointment to review your psychological testing and electronic intake form.
Your Psychiatric Evaluation
You will spend the next 15-30 minutes focused on ruling out other psychiatric disorders. Your clinician will ask you a bunch of nit picky questions in order to rule out the most common psychiatric illnesses. This helps narrow down your potential diagnosis. This is unusual as most psychiatric offices do not extensively screen clients, but instead focus on the presenting problem. At the Morrison Clinic we do not expect the client to understand how and why they feel the way they do. We feel it is our duty to rule out the most common potential causes of their symptoms. During your evaluation you will be screened for: major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, PTSD, OCD, bipolar disorder, ADHD , addictions, psychotic disorders, and eating disorders. After ruling out various illnesses you will have a more in depth discussion about your current symptoms and your goals for your treatment.
Counseling and Education
Your clinician spends the last 20-30 minutes counseling you about your diagnosis. At the Morrison clinic we feel it is important to take the time to educate patients. We want you to understand the negative impact your illness has on your emotional and physical health. This includes education about medication options, expectations, and side effects. It also includes ways to improve your psychological health with coping skills, lifestyle changes, and therapy. Your clinician will also spend time educating you on your diagnosis. We want to you to leave your appointment with a better understanding of the impact it has had on various areas of your life.
Follow up Appointments
To wrap up your appointment we will schedule a medication management follow up appointment in 1-2 weeks. Your medication management appointments will typically last 15-30 minutes. We will see most clients twice a month until their symptoms improve. However, we may need to see some clients on a weekly basis or even multiple times a week. Regardless, as your symptoms start to improve the time in between appointments is extended. Once you have achieved consistent stability your appointments will be quarterly. For your convenience, we offer lunch appointments three days a week.
Coordination of Care
A detailed Morrison Clinic Psychiatric Evaluation report will be completed by your clinician. We recommend having a consent form on file. This enables us to fax the report to your therapist or other medical providers. At the Morrison Clinic we feel it is important to keep your therapist and other medical providers up to date on your treatment. We hope that by collaborating with your team of providers, you will receive the exceptional care that you deserve.
After your psychiatric evaluation
Your clinician will add important notes and instructions to the care plan section of your online patient chart. Please make sure to review this information when you get home. These notes will include important information about medical aspects of your care including blood work and a physical exam. Your care plan will also include links to educational handouts, therapy recommendations, support group information, and instructions regarding your medication.