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

Initial Evaluation for Adolescents (Teenagers)

Dr. Adair evaluates teenagers and encourages them to play a more active role in their care. She is is mindful that most teens are developmentally striving for independence and a personal identity apart from family.

Your teen’s initial visit is two hours. During this time, Dr. Adair will conduct a thorough evaluation in three phases: assessment, diagnosis and treatment recommendation.

The initial visit is also an opportunity for both you and your teen to ask questions. A few commonly asked questions by teens include:

  • Will my parents be in charge of my treatment or do I have a say?
  • If I take medication, will it change my personality?
  • What will my friends think of me if I’m taking medication?

Parents seeking care for their teen often have questions such as:

  • What type of treatment does my teenager need?
  • How will I get my teenager to agree to treatment if he or she doesn’t want to?
  • Are there alternatives to medication?
  • How long will my teen have to take medication?

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

In order to thoroughly assess your teen, 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 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 teen both separately and together, and then she will review with you any records used during the assessment (such as those provided by your teen’s Pediatrician, school, Psychologist or previous therapists). Our office will discuss with you what is needed from you prior to your teen’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 teen 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 teen. She strongly believes that this is a crucial part of the process. At this time, Dr. Adair will also address if more immediate or any other services are needed. If she feels that care can be initiated and effective, she will want to collaborate with both the teen and parents moving forward.

Your teen’s participation in this part of the process will be strongly encouraged, and Dr. Adair will want him or her to address any thoughts, feelings or concerns about the diagnosis and treatment plan.

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 your teen is prescribed a medication, she will want to monitor it closely. This also will require both you and your teen 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 teen’s therapist to ensure optimal treatment.

Therapy

Dr. Adair provides therapy for teens who are primarily experiencing trouble with self- esteem, generalized anxiety, depression or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder/Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD/ADD).

Combined Treatment (Medication and Therapy)

Dr. Adair also provides medication and therapy as a combined service. This can be useful for parents who are looking for one provider for both services. Before providing combined care, Dr. Adair will need to determine if your teen’s condition or symptoms would be better treated with only one provider. If necessary, she will refer you and your teen to a therapist who is skilled in providing appropriate therapy, and moving forward, she will provide the medication. She will collaborate with the therapist to ensure optimal treatment is provided for your teen.

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.).