The first step of psychiatric treatment for any mental health condition is a psychiatric consultation. At her private practice in Manhattan’s Midtown West neighborhood in New York City, Jane Algus, M.D. provides psychiatric consultations to develop a comprehensive understanding of your condition that informs and shapes your treatment plan. If you think you have a mental health issue or may benefit from therapy, call Dr. Algus’ office or schedule a consultation online today to start your journey toward better mental health and wellness.
Apsychiatric consultation is a detailed evaluation of your psychological, biological, medical, and social causes of emotional distress. A psychiatric consultation is generally the first step in your mental health care, although Dr. Algus also provides evaluations to form second opinions or to understand your health to provide integrated care with another health care provider.
A psychiatric consultation also has an educational element. For example, Dr. Algus aims to help you develop a firm understanding of the nature of your problem and be an active participant in treatment decisions.
A psychiatric consultation may span several appointments to ensure Dr. Algus can gather a detailed history of your problems and complaints, as well as your family and medical history. Your consultation may include a physical exam, lab testing, and other studies in addition to an in-depth conversation about your mental health symptoms.
Dr. Algus uses psychiatric consultations to diagnose a number of mental health conditions, including:
The information and details collected during your consultation help Dr. Algus form your treatment plant. For example, if you and Dr. Algus decide that medication would benefit your treatment, she’ll have you carefully consider treatment options and possible side effects before choosing your medication regimen.
Effective treatment begins with a thorough consultation and comprehensive psychiatric assessment that leads to a correct diagnosis and treatment plan. After you and Dr. Algus formulate your program, you start your treatments, which may include medicine, group and individual therapy, and lifestyle modifications such as exercise and dietary changes to improve your overall wellness.
In addition to using her expertise and knowledge, Dr. Algus regularly collaborates with physicians and other therapists to achieve the best possible outcome for her clients.
If you believe you have a mental health condition or need therapy, but you aren’t sure where to begin, contact Dr. Algus by calling her office or using the online scheduling tool to book an initial psychiatric assessment today.