What Is a Psychiatrist Appointment Like

Although many patients are often anxious when scheduling an appointment with a psychiatrist, there is generally nothing to be concerned about. The first few meetings are typically considered consultations, allowing your psychiatrist to learn about you and allowing you the opportunity to decide if you like your therapist. You will usually be asked questions regarding your condition, past treatment methods you've tried, and the many areas of your life.

Fast Facts:

  • After your consultation is complete, your psychiatrist will develop a treatment plan, and the two of you will discuss your diagnosis and the recommended treatment.
  • Children who are seeing a psychiatrist may benefit from seeing a psychologist as a part of the initial consultation process.
  • If you feel uncomfortable, or disagree, with either your diagnosis or recommended treatment plans, it's important to discuss these feelings with your psychiatrist at the end of your consultation.