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Psychiatry FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions About Psychiatry

What can I expect at the first appointment?

The first appointment will last approximately 90 minutes. During the first meeting you will discuss birth history, developmental history, school functioning and current mental health.

Parents/guardians and the child will be involved in the decision to pursue counseling services, medication management or the combination of both.

Will my child receive medications the same day as the initial appointment?

A prescription will be ordered if medication is needed and you are in agreement.

Will I go in with my child or will the doctor talk to my child alone?

The family will speak with the Medical staff together.

How long will the appointment take?

The first appointment will last approximately 90 minutes.

What are your hours? When/where do you see kids?

Our psychiatry hours are Monday through Friday 8am – 6pm. We see children at various locations in the community. We work to make the appointment at the nearest facility to you.

Can a family member bring my child?

The parent of guardian must bring the child to the appointment. There are legal papers for consent that must be completed at the first and subsequent appointments. In addition, we must have the person that knows about the child’s behaviors, reactions to medications and any changes that have occurred in their functioning since the last appointment.

What if I don’t want my child to be on medications?

The parents/guardians make the decision whether they want their children/youth to use medications to assist with symptoms they are experiencing. If they decide against medication, then they will not need to return for any follow up appointments with the psychiatry staff.

Will my child be seeing a psychiatrist or psychologist? What kind of doctor is he/she?

UMCH Family Services has a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist and Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners. These professionals are licensed to diagnose and treat with medications.

Do you have a cancellation list?

Yes. When a family cancels their appointment we call families that are interested in coming in sooner from our cancellation list.

What are the ages of the children you see?                      

We provide psychiatric services to children 4 to 22 years of age.