Our Services & FAQs

RMNA provides diagnostic evaluations and medication management for psychiatric care. If psychotherapy is also indicated, your psychiatrist will be happy to make recommendations for local providers who can meet your needs. You may also consult your insurance company for provider covered under your plan.

Listed below are a number of frequently asked questions.

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What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychotherapist?

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A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who is able to prescribe medication and focuses on the treatment of mental illness with psychopharmacology. A therapist cannot prescribe medication and will focus more on talking about why feeling the way you do.

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How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or therapist? Do I have to see both?

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This is a personal decision that can only be made by you and your primary care physician. Many patients find relief from their mental health issues through consistent medication follow-up appointments with a psychiatrist. Others prefer to try talking through their problems with a therapist. It is not required in our office that you see both; however there are patients that choose to see a psychiatrist and a therapist and find that this is an excellent solution for them.

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Is my co-payment due each time I come into the office for an appointment?

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Co-payments are due at each appointment. We are unable to bill you for your co-payment as this is a violation of your agreement with your insurance company.

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My medication is making me feel "funny". Should I call to let the doctor know this or wait until my next appointment?

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If your medications are interfering with your ability to breathe or cause a life threatening reaction, call 911 at once. Everyone tolerates medication differently. If your current medication causes side-effects or if you are not sure what you are experiencing is normal, please contact our office so we are aware of your current condition and can schedule an appointment for you to see your doctor.

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I don't want my care discussed with my family/primary care doctor/friend, etc...Am I obligated to tell them I see a psychiatrist or therapist? Are my records kept private?

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You are certainly under no obligation to disclose this information to anyone you don't want. On the other hand, sharing this information with your primary care doctor is encouraged so the psychiatrist can work with him/her to provide you with the best care possible and not prescribe medication that could adversely interact with each other. Talking to a family member is also helpful for them to understand what you are experiencing and providing them with a way to support you. RMNA respects each patient and their privacy. We keep all documentation in our office safe and secure and will not release your information without your express consent.

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What do I do if I have an emergency and the office is closed?

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If you are experiencing a life threatening emergency, call 911 or go to the closest emergency room for treatment. Our office has a psychiatrist on call for those who are in crisis. This number may be obtained by calling the office and listening to the main message. Please note that medication refills and appointment issues are not considered an emergency and will not be addressed until the next business day.