If you’re not feeling like yourself and feel sad or unusually anxious, it may be a good time to check in with a psychiatrist.
While the idea of meeting with a psychiatrist can seem overwhelming at first, rest assured that you’ll find the help you need to overcome mental, emotional, and behavioral health challenges.
At Revolution Psychiatric and Addiction Treatment, we provide general psychiatry services that address a variety of chronic conditions that interfere with your quality of life.
Board-certified psychiatrist and addiction medicine specialist Richard E. Repass, MD, provides a comfortable, safe space for you to express your feelings and learn how to cope with the challenges of trauma and psychiatric conditions.
How working with a psychiatrist benefits your wellness
A psychiatrist has extensive training in assessing, diagnosing, and treating behavioral, mental, and emotional disorders like:
- Bipolar disorder
- Eating disorders
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorders (PTSD)
- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
A psychiatrist customizes a care plan that can include talk therapy (psychotherapy), medications, and other medical treatments.
Dr. Repass specializes in medication-assisted treatments that use specific medications to help you overcome an addiction to alcohol, opioids, benzodiazepines, and other substances.
When to schedule your first psychiatric evaluation
Often, people with underlying neuropsychiatric disorders aren’t aware of their condition until a loved one expresses their concern.
You might initially meet with your primary care physician if you’re not sure what’s going on with your health. They can refer you to Dr. Repass for a psychiatric evaluation, or you can schedule an appointment on your own directly with our office.
Consider making an appointment if you experience:
- Irrational worries or fears
- Difficulties controlling your emotions
- Engaging in risky or impulsive behaviors
- Inability to stop drinking or using drugs
- Isolating away from social events or loved ones
You should also consider a psychiatric evaluation if your mental or emotional issues are causing conflicts at work or school, or in your relationships.
Dr. Repass reviews your medical history and discusses your symptoms. He asks questions about your lifestyle and environment to pinpoint the underlying cause of your challenges.
Preparing for a psychiatric evaluation
Providing Dr. Repass with the most accurate, up-to-date information can make the diagnostic process easier and more efficient. Write down important details you wish to address during your appointment, so you don’t forget to mention anything you wish to say.
Bring along a list of all medications and supplements you take, including the dosage you use. You should also make note of any questions you have about your mental, emotional, or behavioral wellness.
After your evaluation is complete, Dr. Repass explains your diagnosis and what you need to do to treat it. He can prescribe any medications you need, including nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD) infusion therapy for detox and treatment.
Additionally, we provide in-office therapy sessions, so you can learn how to recognize negative thoughts and behaviors and make necessary changes to support your overall well-being. We also offer flexible scheduling for follow-up visits to accommodate your busy schedule.
Call us at Revolution Psychiatric and Addiction Treatment in Mercer Island, Washington, today to set up a psychiatric evaluation.