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.
"Stephanie is awesome. After several years of searching and trying to figure out medicine that works for me, she provided a solution that I never thought of. She listened to everything I said and gave me direction on how to move forward in understanding what was happening. She was kind and professional, but also relatable. I'm glad I found her."- ES / Office Visit / May 03, 2021
"Dr. Pittman is an outstanding psychiatrist. She has a wonderful bedside manner. She is kind, compassionate and posses integrity. She cares! She knows her medications. I think of her as a pioneer in her field. I can talk to her about anything. I haven't had this type of experience before with a psychiatrist. She is paving the way for hopefully how psychiatry will be handled in the future. Thank you Dr. Pittman."- JS / Office Visit / Apr 29, 2021
"I highly recommend Katie! She is compassionate; she listens intently; she allows you to have a voice in your care; and she always remembers what was happening during your last visit. She allows you to have a voice in determining your medications. She responds quickly if you need a refill for a medication. Talking to Katie is like talking to a friend who truly cares. She has helped me tremendously!"- EW / Office Visit / Apr 22, 2021
"Katie always does a great job remembering the details of your life, listening to how you're doing, and discussing various options. You can tell she genuinely cares about her patients. That's all you can ask for!"- Anonymous / Office Visit / Apr 12, 2021
"The staff here genuinely care about your well-being. I, unfortunately have dealt with mental health troubles my whole life. I never felt like I was making progress or really getting solid help until coming to PPR. I would highly recommend anyone considering seeking help for mental health or recovery, come here right away. You will not be sorry."- DM / Office Visit / Apr 10, 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.