Thirty-minute and one-hour sessions are available with a psychiatrist for students who have been referred by a clinician from the Student Health Center or personal counselor from Counseling Services. The first session will be a one hour session to discuss your concerns, your questions, and your personal and medical history. Time will be spent at the end of the session to discuss the psychiatrist's impressions and the medication options that would be appropriate, given the risks, benefits, and side-effects of medication. Blood tests may also be ordered.
If a medication is started, the usual practice is to stay on the medication for 9 months to a year with at least monthly monitoring sessions that would be 30 minutes in length. During these monitoring sessions, time is spent on discussing your feelings and thoughts, the impact of the medication, and the side-effects. Priority will be placed on your physical and psychological health, not simply the biological impacts of the medication.
For more information regarding psychiatric medications, click on the "Medications" link to the right.
For more information on receiving psychiatric services, please feel free to call us at (408) 924-5910.