Frequently Asked Questions About Psych Consultants
What is Psychiatry?
Psychiatry is a medical specialty that focuses on human brain, mind and body. Its principal objective is to learn how human brain affects human behavior and manage the subsequent manifestations that arises thereof.
What training does Psych Consultant Psychiatrist receive?
Our physician has a college degree with a heavy biological science emphasis, a medical degree (MD), 4 more years of residency training at more house School of Medicine in Atlanta Georgia emphasizing psychiatry and neurology. She also received an additional one year of fellowship at Emory University Atlanta Georgia. She is licensed to practice Medicine in Georgia and board certified by American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Additionally she has earned the status of a fellow at American Psychiatric Association for her outstanding contributions to the field of psychiatry over the years.
What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?
Psychologists hold academic doctoral degrees (PhD, Psy.D). Their training emphasizes psychotherapy and psychological testing. The psychologist does not have to have any medical training.
What should you expect during your follow up visit from Psych Consultants?
When medication is started, our psychiatrist will want to follow you closely until you are feeling better. She will also inquire about possible side effects ,adjust your medications or and recommend remedies to manage any arising side effects .Follow-up visits usually last between 10 -20 minutes, depending on degree of the case complexity. The subsequent follow up visits are scheduled every 2-4 weeks at first, and every 2-3 months once you are feeling well. We will prescribe enough medication to last until the next visit.
Does my insurance cover mental health visits at Psych Consultants?
We are on most insurance panels. The list is provided on our web site.
Can intake Coordinators check my insurance benefits for me?
What is a psychotropic drug or medication?
The phase “psychotropic” refers to a medication that primarily modulates the brain function. However, this distinction is somewhat artificial, since medications circulates through the entire body and are often used for several purposes. For example, Abilify is a medication that can be used in treating psychotic disorders, bipolar and some treatment resistant depression. All medications have intended or desirable effects and secondary un-desirable effects typically called side effects.
What should you expect during your first visit from Psych Consultants?
During your initial visit, you will be meeting for about 30 - 45 min with our board certified psychiatrist. Please arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment in order to have time to complete the new patient intake packet. The purpose of the first visit is to figure out what treatment will be right for you. We want to hear what’s troubling you. We will have lots of questions about your symptoms, your physical and mental health, your past treatment, your background, your general life history, and your social/family relationships. At the end of the visit, our psychiatrist may recommend medication and sometimes offer very brief supportive psychotherapy in certain situations. If you need an extensive therapy session she may refer you to one of our staff psychologists, licensed social worker, licensed professional counselors or family therapist within your geographic location. Your visit to our psychiatrist is more like a visit to your regular doctor’s office.
What if I do not have a medical health insurance?
We do accept self pay.
Why doesn’t your psychiatrist see more patients for therapy?
In some situations, our psychiatrist does see some patients for very brief therapy sessions. However, this is a smaller part of our psychiatrist practice. Most of our psychiatrist’s time is used for clinical evaluation of various psychiatric disorders and medication management of such conditions to bring down the symptom manifestations to a sub-threshold level.
How do I request for an appointment?
Call our office at 706-410-1202 or fill out our request an appointment form.on our website.
Yes, our intake Coordinators will check insurance benefits for you before your scheduled appointment date.
What are your regular opening hours?
We are open Monday - Friday 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
The office is closed on weekends.
We usually strive to provide immediate same week appointment to most of our new patients when they call to schedule with us.