When someone is referred to a psychiatrist they usually have received treatment from a physician and/or a psychologist for symptoms related to a mental health condition. Mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, eating disorders, and bipolar disorder are the most common mental health disorders for which people seek the services of a psychiatrist.
After a thorough evaluation of physical and mental health history, including psychological assessments and an oral interview, the psychiatrist will make a diagnosis or concur with the one that was already made. Once the diagnosis is made, a treatment plan will be created with the patient’s specific diagnosis features and needs considered. Subsequent follow-up appointments are made to monitor progress and/or provide psychotherapy.