Increasing understanding of the mind-body connection has led to the development of effective medical treatments for a variety of mental health problems that have a biological component. Student Health Services provides psychiatric care for enrolled UNCG students.
Our Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner offers psychiatric evaluations, medication evaluations, and on-going medication management. Medication management can include treatment for depression, anxiety, difficulty sleeping and more. While psychiatrists are able to provide on-going medication management for students with a documented diagnosis of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, they do not evaluate students for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (see ADHD policy below) but we can help with appropriate referrals when this is a concern.
Most commonly, students first meet with a Counseling Center therapist before being referred for a medication evaluation. Beginning fall semester 2009, a first session psychiatric appointment will be scheduled for 60 minutes. On-going medication management appointments are typically scheduled as 20-minute sessions (see no-show policy below).
Psychiatry appointments are limited; as such, there will be a $25 no-show/late cancellation fee. Effective August 25, 2008, all patients failing to cancel a scheduled psychiatric appointment at least 24 hours in advance will be billed $25.
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Policy
Prescription medications for the treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and related conditions will not be issued without the patient first completing a series of psychological tests and assessments. The testing will help establish if an ADHD or related disorder exists. Testing must be current, within three years prior to you seeking services with the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner. If you have had testing completed within the previous three years, please bring a copy with you on your first visit. If you have not had testing completed, please speak with your Counseling Center therapist or the Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner about a referral for testing.