Finding a Psychiatrist

Behavioral and mental health challenges can raise lots of questions. Is this difficulty temporary, or will it last for a long time? Is this difficulty potentially dangerous to me or to a loved one? What’s the best way to cope with it?

Finding the right help is an important step toward recovery.

Where to Search

Beginning the search can seem overwhelming. Here are some ways to narrow your search to a manageable scope:

  • Begin by looking for a provider based on their specialty.
  • Narrow your search by finding providers who accept your insurance.
  • Review providers’ profiles. Read their bios, watch their video and read ratings and comments from current and former patients.

7 Questions to Ask a Psychiatrist

The best way to determine a good fit with a psychiatrist is to schedule an appointment and come prepared to ask questions. When meeting with a psychiatrist for the first time, be sure to ask the following questions:
  1. Can you explain your process for diagnosing a mental illness?
  2. What is your treatment philosophy and what are the benefits and risks to this philosophy?
  3. Will you include me in developing my treatment plan?
  4. How soon should treatment start and how long will it last?
  5. What is your view on supplements and alternative medicine?
  6. How often do you see your patients and how long are appointments?
  7. What happens if I have an emergency outside of your office hours?

The best psychiatrist for you is one with whom you’re comfortable, and whose goals for mental wellness match your own.  

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Mercy offers expert care for mental and behavioral health from board-certified psychiatrists.

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