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Carter-Hargrove, Inc. NEW NEW Patient Patient Information Information www.carterhargroveinc.com
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Encouraged to call?

If you are reading this, then you may have been en-

couraged to make an appointment with a psychologist or marriage & family therapist (in common parlance, a "shrink"). You may be feeling a mixture of different things right now, ranging from confusion and thinking

that nothing like this would ever happen to you to an- noyance or embarrassment. Whatever you are feeling, this is an information sheet developed to help you make informed decisions about making an appoint- ment and getting the most out of any consultation with

a mental health professional.

Adults, Couples & Families

Our feelings, thoughts, behaviors, and bodily function- ing all affect one another in positive and negative ways. If any one of them gets out of whack because of the stresses and strains of life there is a "domino ef- fect" that alters them all. For example, if someone is tinder a lot of stress at work he or she may experience more conflict in their marriage and be much more emotional. This in turn can also affect their health, what they think about themselves, and how they act.

When these four areas are balanced and functioning well, we are at our best When they get out of balance because of unexpected changes or nagging long term problems we can't be at our best, even when we want to be. Your doctor is carefully working with you to identify any problems with your bodily functioning. He or she may believe we can be of additional help in dealing with the other parts of your life that may be out of balance. We work closely with physicians coordinat- ing our efforts with theirs.

Kids too?

In some cases your doctor may recommend a consul- tation for your child or teenager. For instance, if your son or daughter is experiencing difficulty at school, has eating or bed-wetting problems, shows signs of depression, anxiety or hyperactivity, or is not getting along well with friends or family, a mental health refer- ral may be suggested. It may also be beneficial to get outside help if you have concerns about substance abuse or any other parenting problems. Taking your child or adolescent to a therapist does

not mean you've been an inadequate parent - it means you're looking for some extra help to deal ef- fectively with a difficult situation or issue.

Making an appointment

You need to call to make an appointment. You can do this by calling either Dr. James Carter-Hargrove at 771.1010 or Dr. Anne Carter-Hargrove at 742.1235 and leaving a brief message including telephone num- bers where you can be reached. Your call will typically be returned the same day. People who are in consid- erable distress often feel a sense of relief and in- creased hope that things are going to get better after they make an appointment.

First appointment

Actually coming to the first appointment often feels awkward and uncomfortable at first until things get un- der way. This is because most folks have never done anything like this before and aren't sure what to ex- pect. The first visit is spent talking about the problems and concerns that prompted you to call for the ap- pointment or prompted your doctor to recommend a consultation. Questions about you (e.g. what brought you in, your health, growing up, relationships, occupa- tion, and so on) will be asked. Historical information about the family you grew up in and your present fami- ly will also be talked about. Depending upon the cir- cumstances, you may be asked to take a test or two that will allow you to describe yourself even more fully. If you have received previous mental health treatment or have significant medical problems information about this will be sought via releases of information from the professionals who treated you.

Take the first step

In an old Tarzan movie, a riddle was posed to

Tarzan

answer was, "With the first step " Calling for an ap- pointment is one of those things easily put off by tell- ing yourself things like, "I don't really need this." or "I can't afford it." or "I'll do it later" Take the first step on your journey to getting back to your best. Don't put it off. Your doctor felt it important enough to make the referral. Please give us a call right now.

"How

do you begin the longest journey?" The

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