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Initial Psych Visit: What to Expect

Making that first step toward making an initial psych visit is often difficult for most. Fear and anxiety stop many from taking that first step toward help. Increased education is needed to change the way one looks at the initial psych visit.

Initial Psych Visit Fears

Anxiety and fear over life changes, talking about current problems, or finding out you have a mental health disorder are normal feelings to have. Look at the initial psych visit as the start of a journey of self discovery, of learning more about yourself, as well as conquering the fears and anxiety that have kept you from realizing your full potential all this time. Take that first step toward positive change by making an appointment for your initial psych visit.

Initial Psych Visit Questions

Every psychiatrist or mental health professional has their own style and procedure for an initial psych visit, however they may ask about your mood, thoughts and behavior. In addition, the following questions may commonly be addressed during your visit:

  • What symptoms or behaviors have you noticed?
  • How is your daily life affected by your symptoms?
  • Have you tried anything that makes you feel better?
  • Have you been able to keep your symptoms under control?
  • Have you ever gone for mental health treatment before?
  • What kind of things make you feel worse?
  • Have others commented on your mood or behavior?
  • Do you have any blood relatives with a mental illness?
  • What medications or over-the-counter meds, vitamins, herbs or supplements do you currently take?
  • Do you drink alcohol or use any illegal drugs?
  • Do you have any medical or physical problems?
  • What is causing you the most stress in your life?
  • What do you hope will happen or change with therapy?

Sensitive to Your Fears

Whatever your reason for avoiding that initial psych visit, Dr. Hege and the friendly office staff understand your worries surrounding taking that first step. Call for a confidential appointment during the day, evening or weekend – there is a time available to meet your needs.