Psychiatric Evaluation

A psychiatric evaluation is made based on current behaviors as well as physical, genetic, environmental, social, cognitive (thinking), emotional, and educational components that may be affected as a result of these behaviors.

Timothy Gioe, PMHNP, and our hardworking team work to alleviate the symptoms of various mental health disorders. To learn more about ADHD treatment and how it can help you, call Crescent City Psychiatric at (985) 249-1322.

Psychiatric Evaluations: ADHD, Depression, Anxiety Disorders

What Is a Psychiatric Evaluation?

A psychiatric evaluation assesses adult behaviors based on how they present themselves in relation to physical, genetic, environmental, social, cognitive (thinking), emotional, and educational contexts.  Psychiatrists or Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners will take your chief complaint (for example, “Anxiety”) and use it as a basis to discover underlying causes affecting your current mental health status.

Questions explore various areas of your life, including:

  • Medical, psychiatric, and social histories
  • Current and past symptoms
  • Recent stressors
  • Timelines and symptoms regarding your behavioral health
  • How these symptoms collectively impact your quality of life

After building a historical foundation, your provider will focus on more immediate symptoms and psychiatric issues. Answering these questions honestly and clearly helps your psychiatrist or mental health provider understand your headspace. Administering an objective mental status exam tests your cognitive function, including:

  • Fund of knowledge
  • Memory recall
  • Mood
  • Affect
  • Thought process
  • Thought content

After your psychiatric evaluation yields results, your psychiatrist will present you with differential diagnoses and work with you to create a realistic, approachable treatment plan. Safety issues discussed may include identifying risk factors and protective factors for suicide, and your psychiatrist may give you referrals to counselors or other health care providers. In addition, your provider might consider that psychotropic medications may help your condition and will discuss the risks and benefits of their recommendations.

The most prevalent diagnoses include treatable conditions like ADHD, depression, anxiety disorders, and insomnia.

What Are Some Signs Someone Needs a Psychiatric Evaluation?

Many mental health issues manifest with behavioral health changes, including your personality, attitude, and hygiene. Most people go through emotional times that may contribute to similar symptoms but bounce back and never experience the issues again. If you or a loved one experience more than two of the following symptoms simultaneously, you might need psychiatric evaluation:

  • Difficulty performing routine daily work, school, or home functions
  • An inability to shake specific thoughts or ideas
  • Quick changes in moods, with no logical reason
  • Trouble eating, sleeping, or focusing
  • Engaging in new, unexpected behaviors
  • Severe emotional withdrawal or feeling spaced out or disconnected

Are Medications Initiated During the Psychiatric Evaluation?

If your psychiatric provider believes you could benefit from psychotropic medications, they may present you with different treatment options and discuss what best works for your lifestyle. While most psychiatrists may send you home with your first prescription to start your treatment as soon as possible, others may want you to try non-medicinal therapies first, limiting your exposure to potentially harmful side effects.

Some suggested treatments that don’t involve medication include attending courses or counseling involving:

  • Stress reduction
  • Symptom recognition
  • Exercise regimens
  • Nutrition evaluations
  • Sleep studies

If you attempt these treatments and find they don’t help your symptoms, your psychiatrist may escalate you to medication.

How Long Is the First Psychiatric Evaluation?

Depending on the complexity of your symptoms, your first psychiatric evaluation may take between an hour to an hour and a half to complete. Upon arriving at your appointment, you’ll need to complete paperwork providing your psychiatrist with your contact information, medical background survey, and a checklist indicating your symptoms. 

After your appointment, you’ll review what you’ve learned during your visit. Your provider will want to ensure you understand your symptoms, take time to review your test results with you and address your immediate concerns to make the most of your appointment. If necessary, you may schedule a follow up appointment at the end of your consult with you provider.

What Is the Rate of the Psychiatric Evaluation?

The initial psychiatric evaluation with Crescent City Psychiatric costs $280. Crescent City Psychiatric does not have an in-network affiliation with any health insurance companies. Some health insurances may reimburse you if they deem your visit a medical necessity, so let us know if you require additional forms. As a payment method, we accept payment by credit card only.

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What People Are Saying

nothing but great things to say about him

 “Since opening my counseling private practice, Tim Gioe has been my go-to referral source for all of my clients in need of medication management. He is knowledgeable, professional, and a pleasure to collaborate with. The clients who I have referred to Tim have had nothing but great things to say about him. They have commented on how nice he is, that he is easy to talk to, and have reported feeling notable improvement since beginning psychotropic medication treatment with him. I too have recognized the benefits my clients have gained from seeking medication management with Tim. It is a wonderful adjunct to the therapy I provide my clients. Tim will most certainly continue to be my go-to referral source for future clients.”  

Priscilla Hurd, LPC, M.Ed.

I have seen numerous clients turn a corner in their struggles for mental wellness."

Working with Tim has been a pleasure. He is professional, kind, knowledgeable, and a man of honesty and integrity. My clients who have worked with him report the same, and, most importantly, that Tim has successfully assisted them in gaining an edge on their various mental health obstacles via prudent medication management. With Tim’s assistance, I have seen numerous clients turn a corner in their struggles for mental wellness.”

Christopher Harris, LCSW

I am happy to recommend him to my patients

 “Tim has been a great resource for my patients. They appreciate his down to earth demeanor and feel that he listens and hears what they are telling him. As a mental health professional, I have seen my patients improve in response to the interventions Tim has recommended. I am happy to recommend him to my patients and consider him a valuable resource.”  

Dr. Leslie Higgins, PsyD

they feel at ease and reassured working with Tim.

 “I so enjoy collaborating with Tim. He’s accessible to both providers and his clients. Referring to him has been a great relief for me as a practitioner. My clients are able to get in to see him without waiting months and the feedback I hear from each of them is that they feel at ease and reassured working with Tim. ” 

Jennifer Malone, LCSW LLC

caring attitude with patients

 “I have had the opportunity to work with Mr. Gioe for several years, both as a teacher and as his collaborative psychiatrist. Throughout the time I have worked with him, he has shown himself to be an extremely conscientious and hard-working young man. He has a thirst for knowledge, yet maintains a caring attitude with patients. He has exhibited excellent clinical skills and works well with people. I have high reserve for this young man and can recommend him highly without hesitation or reservation.”  

Dr. Robert Dahmes, MD, DLFAPA