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

Initial Evaluation for Children

Dr. Adair evaluates children beginning at 4-years-old.

The initial visit is two hours. During this time, Dr. Adair will conduct a thorough evaluation of your child in three phases: assessment, diagnosis, and treatment recommendation.

The initial visit is also an opportunity for parents to ask questions. A few frequently asked questions by parents seeking care for their children are:

  • Is what my child experiencing normal?
  • What is causing my child’s symptoms?
  • If medication is recommended, will my child have to take it forever?

These questions, along with any other questions or concerns that you or your child may have, will be addressed during the initial visit.

In order to thoroughly assess your child, Dr. Adair will obtain information on biological, psychological, cultural and social factors that may be contributing to your child’s current symptoms. This may require our office to request information and records from several sources, in order to provide Dr. Adair with any additional information that can assist her in the assessment process. She will spend time with you and your child both separately and together, and then she will review with you any records used during the assessment (such as those provided by your child’s pediatrician, school, Psychologist or previous therapist). Our office will discuss with you what is needed from you prior to your child’s initial visit.

After the assessment, Dr. Adair will discuss her findings with you and provide a diagnosis, including an explanation of how the assessment supports the diagnosis. She will also help you understand what it means for your child and for your family.

This discussion will then lead to the final phase, which is treatment recommendation. Dr. Adair will discuss with you what she recommends as the next best steps for you and your child. She strongly believes that this is a crucial part of the process.

Your thoughts, feelings and concerns about your child’s diagnosis and treatment plan are very important. Dr. Adair will encourage your feedback and considers it a critical part of the treatment process. It is also important to note that medication is not always recommended; however, therapy almost always is. If needed, Dr. Adair can provide recommendations for a therapist.

Medication Monitoring/Management

Dr. Adair provides medication monitoring, and if your child is prescribed a medication, she will want to monitor it closely. This will require both you and your child to be present at future appointments, and the frequency of 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 child’s therapist to ensure optimal treatment.

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.).