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Psychiatric Services

Before Your First Appointment

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Frequently Asked Questions

I’ve been depressed for a long time. How long until an anti-depressant begins working?

This is a great question as many folks starting psychiatric care have been depressed for some time. They are eager to feel better. Typically anti-depressants begin working between 4-8 weeks. But, everyone is different and some patients feel better more quickly. Also, non medication interventions can have an immediate effect. This could include working on sleep hygiene, diet and exercise. We strive to combine multiple modalities: medications, personal interventions, brief supportive therapy, and others.

I struggle with poor attention and think I have ADHD. Can you help?

Yes, we treat a wide variety of mental health conditions, including ADHD. However, many conditions can have a negative impact on attention. Depression, anxiety, poor sleep can have an impact on our attention and concentration. At High Desert Psychiatry, we provide a thorough psychiatric evaluation to help ensure accurate diagnosis and treatment.

A loved one said I have bipolar disorder. Do I?

Bipolar disorder can be both over diagnosed and under diagnosed. Symptoms from numerous mental health conditions overlap. For example, someone may suffer from racing thoughts, irritability, poor sleep. Yes, these are common symptoms of bipolar disorder. They are also common symptoms of anxiety. Our provider has over 15 years of experience in diagnosing and treating mental health conditions. This helps ensure accurate diagnosis and treatment.

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