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How to find a Psychiatrist near you

Reasons you may need to see a psychiatrist

  • Self-medicating with drugs and/or alcohol
  • Your therapist has recommended you should add medications to your mental health care program
  • You have been on the same psychotropic medication for a long period of time
  • Extreme depression, thoughts of self-harm

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Finding a Psychiatrist that works for you
Getting a referral to a psychiatrist from your primary care doctor, friends, or family is always the best place to start. If this isn’t an option or has proved unsuccessful, you can Google search for “psychiatry near me,”.

Once you find a psychiatrist, you’ll want to research their credentials. If you got a referral from your primary care doctor, the psychiatrist is likely to be licensed and board certified. However, if you got a referral from a friend or relative or Google, you’ll want to check with the Board of Psychiatry to make sure that this Psychiatrist is certified and licensed to practice in your state.

Do you need a referral
Your insurance company may require you to get a referral from your primary care doctor for psychiatric services to be covered. Check with your insurance company to see if this is required by your plan.

Screen for Compatibility
Most psychiatrists have an intake appointment where they get to know you and your situation, talk about payment options, and lay out a treatment plan. It’s important that you are compatible with your psychiatrist, communication is key so don’t be shy to ask questions.

Your psychiatrist should possess a broad knowledge of different types of mental illness. Many symptoms can be indicative of more than one mental illness or condition. Without extensive knowledge, your doctor may not be able to accurately diagnose and treat you for your problems.

More help
If you need further help finding a Psychiatrist, either in person or online, please contact us via the secure form so we can schedule a consultation to see how we can assist you.