Initial Evaluation for Adults
Dr. Adair evaluates adults between the ages of 18-60, beginning with an initial evaluation.
During the initial visit, Dr. Adair conducts a thorough evaluation of the patient in three phases: assessment, diagnosis, and treatment recommendation.
The first visit is also an opportunity to address any questions or concerns. A few commonly asked questions include:
A few commonly asked questions by teens include:
- Is medication my only option or are there alternative treatments?
- How long will I need to take medication?
- How often will I need to see you for treatment?
To thoroughly assess a patient, Dr. Adair will obtain information on biological, psychological, cultural and social factors that may be contributing to any current symptoms. This may require our office to request and review records from multiple sources. This can provide Dr. Adair with any additional information to assist her in the assessment process. Our office will inform you of what is needed for your initial visit.
After the assessment, Dr. Adair will discuss her findings with you and provide a diagnosis. She will also help you understand the diagnosis and what it means for you moving forward.
Finally, Dr. Adair will take you through your treatment options, including what she recommends as the next best steps. Your thoughts, feelings and concerns about your diagnosis and treatment plan are very important. Dr. Adair will encourage your feedback moving forward and considers it a crucial part of the treatment process.
Dr. Adair provides medication monitoring, and if you are prescribed a medication, she will want to monitor it closely. The frequency of these appointments will vary. Dr. Adair is conservative in her medication treatment, meaning she will start patients with low doses and slowly make changes and adjustments. Dr. Adair believes medication is only one part of the treatment process. If medication is warranted, Dr. Adair will be very intentional about making sure additional components to treatment (i.e. therapy, nutrition, medical treatment, exercise, alternative treatment etc.) are in place. Dr. Adair will also want to collaborate and coordinate care with your therapist to ensure optimal treatment.
Dr. Adair offers DNA testing. This test can provide insight into how your body may respond to certain medications. Be aware that the test is only used as additional information to assist in guiding treatment with medications. For more information on GeneSight, click here.
Dr. Adair provides therapy for adult patients who have anxiety, depression, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), and/or stress related to transitions, work or work-life balance.
There are some situations that are best treated in collaboration with Dr. Adair and another therapist. If this fits your specific needs, she will discuss with you how it works.
Combined Treatment (Therapy and Medication)
Dr. Adair also provides medication and therapy as a combined service. This can be useful for patients who feel more comfortable working with one provider for both services. Before providing combined care, Dr. Adair will need to determine if your condition or symptoms would be better treated with only one provider. If necessary, she will refer you to a therapist who is skilled in providing appropriate therapy. Moving forward she will provide the medication and collaborate with the therapist to ensure optimal treatment is provided.