What Is a Psychiatric Diagnosis and Assessment?
A comprehensive psychiatric diagnosis and assessment is the first step in the outpatient treatment of behavioral, emotional, or mental health disorders. It is also an extremely critical component in the rediagnosis of patients who have been misdiagnosed and identifying ideal recovery solutions. Comprehensive psychiatric evaluations are provided for adolescent and adult patients and are performed to determine if there is evidence of a mental health, emotional, or behavioral condition that may be impacting a person's health and well-being. Board-certified psychiatrist Dr. Julie Pittman and our nurse practitioners utilize information gathered during the diagnostic and assessment process to formulate a treatment plan tailored to a patient's individual condition(s) and needs. For more on adult or adolescent psychiatric evaluations, please contact Pittman Psychiatry & Recovery in Arlington, TX.
"Dr. Pittman is a great doctor. She actually listens, spends time with me, makes a real effort to understand what's up, and includes me in the decision making. She is truly interested in doing what is best for me, not just following some textbook decision tree. Would highly recommend Dr. Pittman for psychiatric, substance abuse/addiction, and obesity concerns."- RD / Office Visit / Sep 15, 2021
"Five stars! I cannot say enough about how great Dr. Pittman and staff are. They are efficient and truly care about you as an individual."- TF / Office Visit / Sep 12, 2021
"Grate place they will definitely help you Stephanie is amazing she listens and pay attention to details she knows what she is doing she figured things without me telling her and the way she presents solutions or advices per say is awsome it makes you feel like she actually cares."- MH / Office Visit / Sep 09, 2021
"Excellent Psyhiatrist It is nice to have someone that is wiling to listen to you not judge you and do everything to help you. Katie is an amazing Nurse Practioneer and I strongly suggest anyone and everyone who might be suffering from a disease go to her."- CR / Office Visit / Sep 02, 2021
"Yes Dr. Pittman is a committed, genuine and very personable doctor. I love her attitude and caring way that she listened to my history without prejudice. She took care to meet me where I am medically and not force me into a treatment plan I was uncomfortable with. Highly recommend this doctor and wish there were more like her."- JS / Office Visit / Aug 26, 2021
How Is a Comprehensive Psychiatric Evaluation Performed?
The psychiatric evaluation process begins with an hour-long initial appointment during which Dr. Pittman or one of our nurse practitioners will gain detailed information about a person's symptoms, behaviors, medical history, substance use, and mental health history, including any previous diagnoses. Our team will inquire as to how these factors may be impacting the patient's day-to-day life, school or work performance, and relationships. Lab tests, including blood work, may be performed to determine if any underlying issues could be contributing to or mimicking mental health disorder symptoms. Genetic testing may also be conducted to understand how a patient's body might react to psychotropic medications. Once the comprehensive psychiatric evaluation is complete, Dr. Pittman will render a diagnosis and determine whether individual counseling, family therapy, behavioral intervention, medications, or other modalities are recommended for treatment.
the First Step Toward Mental Wellness
Meeting with Dr. Pittman or one of our nurse practitioners for a comprehensive evaluation is the first step in treating a psychiatric illness or behavioral disorder and improving your quality of life. Psychiatric assessments also offer the opportunity to finally get the correct diagnosis if you feel you have been misdiagnosed by another provider. For more information, or to schedule a telemedicine or an in-office visit at our Arlington, TX facility, please contact Pittman Psychiatry & Recovery today.