mental health in atlanta
1708 Peachtree St. NW Suite 405
Atlanta, GA 30309
(404) 719-5608
Fax: (678) 812-3653

Initial Evaluation for Adults

Dr. Adair evaluates adults between the ages of 18 and 65, beginning with an initial evaluation.

During the initial 90-minute 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 from adult patients 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?

In order 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 records from multiple sources, in order to provide Dr. Adair with any additional information that can 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. It is also important to note that medication is not always part of the treatment recommendation; however, therapy almost always is. See more information about Dr. Adair’s therapy services below.

Medication Monitoring/Management

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 for each individual. Dr. Adair is conservative in her medication treatment, meaning she will start patients with low doses and slowly make adjustments. Dr. Adair believes medication is only one part of the treatment process. Research shows that the best results occur with a combined treatment plan of medication and therapy. If medication is warranted, Dr. Adair will be very intentional about making sure additional components to treatment (i.e. therapy, nutrition, medical treatment, exercise etc.) are in place. Dr. Adair will also want to collaborate and coordinate care with your therapist to ensure optimal treatment.

Therapy

Dr. Adair provides therapy for adult patients who have generalized 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 rather than two, or more. 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.

Alternative Treatment

Dr. Adair integrates alternative medicine into her treatment recommendations when she feels it is appropriate. In her experience, she has found that in some situations, traditional medicine is not enough and it is important to show patients how traditional and alternative medicine can be combined to provide a more holistic treatment.

Alternative medicine has received more attention in recent years, as the belief in the power of holistic treatment has grown within the medical field. Treatments under this category are not typically “science-based,” meaning there is a limited amount of research behind them and an ongoing need for more scientific study. This type of treatment could include a variety of recommendations, including prescribing medical-grade supplements, over-the-counter supplements (vitamins, minerals, hormones, etc.), herbal or natural products, as well as discussing alternative therapies (massage, yoga, acupuncture, etc.).