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Psychiatric Services

Increasing understanding of the mind-body connection has led to the development of effective medical treatments for a variety of mental health conditions that have a biological component. Limited psychiatric services, including evaluation, diagnosis and treatment, are provided to assist in the overall healing process. 

What is a Psychiatrist?

Psychiatrists are physicians who specialize in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental health disorders. A psychiatrist has completed medical school (is an M.D. or D.O.) and an additional four or more years of residency training in psychiatry.

Who is eligible for CCS Psychiatry services?

  • An enrolled OSU students are eligible for psychiatric services at CCS.
  • You must be seeing one of our CCS counselors to be eligible for psychiatric services.
  • Your therapist will help you schedule with a psychiatrist. We do not schedule initial appointments over the telephone.

What will happen at my first appointment with the psychiatrist?

The psychiatrist will take a thorough history of the presenting problems and symptoms. This will include:

  • A review of symptoms related to the most common psychiatric diagnosis.
  • A comprehensive psychiatric history including previous treatments, hospitalizations, and medications.
  • Medical history consisting of current medical problems and surgeries.
  • A family history of psychiatric illnesses.
  • Substance use history.
  • Social history regarding cultural considerations, work, school, and relationships.

How long will my initial evaluation take?

A comprehensive psychiatric examination includes a 60-90 minute face-to-face session with a psychiatrist. The focus of the interview is on current concerns and symptoms which are interfering with functioning and well-being.

What happens after my evaluation?

  • A psychiatric diagnosis is commonly established; psychological testing may be obtained to arrive at a more precise diagnosis.
  • A treatment plan will be established between the psychiatrist and patient that may include the use of medications.
  • Laboratory testing, as well as other tests, may be obtained to clarify the diagnosis or to rule out medical causes.
  • 30 minute follow-up appointments will be scheduled initially at approximately 2-3 week intervals to monitor your symptoms and response to medication.

How often will I need to see my psychiatrist?

As long as you remain on medication, you will need to have follow-up appointments with your psychiatrist to monitor your symptoms and side effects from the medication. In the beginning of treatment, you will likely be seeing your psychiatrist every 2-3 weeks. As your symptoms stabilize, your appointments may be every 1-3 months.

How long will I need to be on my medication?

It varies and will be discussed between you and your psychiatrist.

What should I do if I have a need between appointments?

  • Call the office at 614-292-5766 during business hours and request to speak with your psychiatrist.
  • Email contact to your psychiatrist is not confidential, may not be timely and is not recommended.

What should I do if I have a need after hours?

  • We do not provide psychiatric services after-hours or on the weekends.
  • If there are any urgent concerns that cannot wait until the center is open, call our after hours service at 614-292-5766.
  • Alternatively, you can go to your nearest emergency department.

I need last minute refill on my prescription.  What can I do?

  • Call Counseling and Consultation Services.
  • Refill requests are usually addressed within one business day.
  • There are certain medications that cannot be filled without an appointment.
  • If it is after hours, you will need to wait until the next business day.
  • It is strongly recommended that you call 3 to 4 days before you are out of your medications.

Do I have to see a psychiatrist if I see a counselor at CCS?

No, we provide psychiatric services as an option to you.  Decision will be made by you and with the help from counselor.

Are the medications expensive?

Several medications are available in generic form and many are also available through the $4 programs available at many pharmacies. Discuss these concerns with your physician so he/she can be sure to select a medication that is affordable for you.

Do I need to continue with my therapist if I am taking medication?

Yes. Depending on your progress, this requirement may be modified over time.

This combination of therapy and medications has been shown to have the best success in treatment of many common psychiatric conditions. Your therapist and your psychiatrist will work collaboratively to optimize your care.

Who provides the psychiatric services at CCS?

The CCS team has four board eligible or board certified psychiatrists onsite providing services. A small amount of psychiatric services are provided by physicians completing their psychiatry residency under the supervision of one of our psychiatrists. Here are some of the philosophies of our psychiatrists:

“What attracted me to psychiatry was the opportunity to know my patients well and provide care from a personalized point of view. It is incredibly rewarding to work with students as they are working towards their own life goals.”

-LaRae Copley, MD, PhD
LaRae Copley, M.D./Ph.D.
“As a psychiatrist in college mental health I have the opportunity to work with OSU’s vibrant and diverse student population. It is exciting and professionally rewarding to help students improve their performance, overall well-being, and attain their academic and personal goals.”

-Denise Deschenes, MD, MS
Denise Deschenes, MD, MS
“The reason why I chose psychiatry was because I believe psychiatric treatment involves the whole person not just the particular illness, and psychiatry is one of the few specialties in medicine where the doctor patient relationship allows for that to happen.  College mental health allows me to help young adults develop lifelong patterns of ongoing health and improvement; which I believe will lead to long lasting benefits for the individual and society.”

- R. Ryan S Patel, DO, FAPA
R. Ryan S Patel, DO, FAPA
“I chose a career in Psychiatry in order to be able to apply my medical knowledge to the treatment of mental illness.  I appreciate the opportunity to work with college students throughout their college careers, as it is rewarding to help them achieve their personal and professional goals.”

-Meera Menon, M.D.
Meera Menon, M.D.