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Psychiatric Care
In the first stage of your treatment, you and your provider will sit down to complete an hour-long assessment. This initial review of your medical and psychosocial background is essential to understand how your mental health symptoms have affected you and what has or has not worked for you. You will be able to learn and discuss with your prescriber what treatment approach(es) may work best for you and develop a treatment plan you both can follow to track your progress. During the assessment, expect to answer questions about your medical conditions, current and past use of medication, and history of mental illness. Previous psychiatric assessments, treatments, and degree of adherence to past treatments are also reviewed, and records from the places that hold your records will be obtained. The assessment method depends on your presenting problem during a routine or crisis visit.
Psychiatric Evaluation
Medication Management
Medication Assisted Treatment
Identifying Diagnoses

During your assessment, your provider will follow multiple steps to identify the cause of your illness. The process involves the following:
  • Assessing whether your condition requires psychiatric treatment.
  • Identifying any long-term issues that can emerge during your treatment.
  • Helping make an educated decision about your treatment.
  • Ruling out psychiatric conditions that may not explain your problem.
  • Making recommendation regarding changes you may need to make.
  • Adjusting an existing treatment plan that is no longer being effective.
Treatment Planning
The goal in any multidimensional assessment is to evaluate the applicability of available treatment methods and resources and to ensure the benefits of your treatment outweigh the risk of engaging in such treatment. Your provider wants to certify that the most appropriate treatment course will be followed and that you understand and will be involved in the decision-making process to increase effectiveness and adherence. Your treatment plan is meant to be specific and personal. It should designed with your needs and goals in mind, and outline the plan to be followed moving forward.
What to expect?
  1. Mental evaluation: A behavioral assessment that includes detailed questions about thought processes, feelings, behaviors, and symptoms, as well as appearance, demeanor and current mental status will be required before you can get started with your psychiatric care.
  2. Physical exam: A physical exam can help determine whether a physical illness correlated with your mental illness.
  3. Lab tests: Bloodwork, urine tests, brain scan, or other tests may be ordered by your provider to rule out any physical condition.
  4. Mental health history: Questions about your personal or family history, length of symptoms, and past psychiatric treatment may be asked.
  5. Personal history: Questions about your lifestyle, personal history, marital status, work history, etc. may also be asked.
  6. Cognitive evaluation: A test that assesses focus, attention, memory, mental reasoning, and other mental abilities may be conducted.
  7. Activities of daily life: Questions about your ability to complete daily responsibilities may be asked.
  8. Diagnosis: Your prescriber will examine your symptoms and illnesses to determine their nature and origin.
  9. Follow-up: Most patients return within two to four weeks if treatment with medication was initiated or altered. Following the intake assessment, a follow-up appointment will be schedule. Follow-up appointments are typically twenty minutes in duration.
"Your present circumstances don’t determine where you go; they merely determine where you start." — Nido Qubein
Consultation • Education • Discussion • Collaboration • Assessment • Treatment • Monitoring • Management • Follow-Up
Addiction Treatment Facility

Wilmington Mental Health provides in-person drug or alcohol addiction treatment and complies with LegitScript’s certification standards, which helps ensure transparency and compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Our outpatient substance abuse program is suitable for people with jobs or extensive social supports, is low-intensity, and offers more than just drug education or relapse prevention. Our program is comparable to residential programs in services and effectiveness and adapts to your individual characteristics and needs.