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COLUMBIA CENTER FOR PSYCHIATRY

DAVID J. FISCHER, M.D.
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PSYCHIATRIC EVALUATION & ASSESSMENT

There are many reasons for seeking psychiatric treatment. These reasons are as diverse as the people seeking treatment themselves. In general people seek psychiatric treatment to relieve psychic pain. Either the person seeking treatment is experiencing psychic pain or they are causing psychic pain in others. To determine the best treatment modality for a patient, it is essential to conduct a full psychiatric assessment. Dr. Fischer engages in a thorough exploration of the person's life story. This assessment includes a detailed history of current symptoms and possible areas of difficulty, co-morbid medical issues, and perhaps most importantly, a thorough exploration and understanding of the person's current psychiatric functioning. When indicated the patient is administered psychological tests. Understanding how current issues or problems fit into the broader context of a person's life is essential for true healing and lasting change. The individual's present situation can be understood as it relates to the past and interacts with the emerging future.

Dr. David J. Fischer is an experienced psychiatrist who performs comprehensive psychiatric evaluation on each patient in order to arrive at an accurate assessment of the patient's problems and to get to know and understand the patient. Dr. Fischer is an expert psycho-diagnostician, an experienced psychotherapist, and a leading psycho-pharmacologist.

After the evaluation is complete, both the patient and Dr. Fischer review the findings and the various options available to the patient for treatment. Dr. Fischer will then create an individualized treatment plan specifically tailored to meet the patient's unique needs.

Treatment may involve individual therapy, family therapy, or medication management. Often, combination treatment is indicated. Unlike many psychiatrists who only provide medication management, Dr. Fischer also provides psychotherapy treatment. In fact, Dr. Fischer will often provide therapy to patients who do not require medication. For many patients, treatment includes therapy sessions in conjunction with medication management or just medication management. Many patients benefit from the additional support therapy sessions provide in addition to the medicine he prescribes. He is happy to discuss with you all of the available treatment options and alternatives so that you can jointly develop the best treatment for you.

Based on the results of the evaluation it may be evident that psychotherapy is indicated without the need for medication, or that medication is indicated in order to help correct an existing chemical imbalance, or that a combination of medications in conjunction with psychotherapy is indicated. Dr. Fischer and the patient agree upon the optimum practical treatment plan for the patient.

 

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