Our psychiatry staff offers outpatient evaluation and treatment for problems such as depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, and attention deficit disorder.
Evaluation is primarily by a clinical interview during a scheduled appointment. Students are requested to arrive for their appointments 10-15 minutes early to check in and fill out appropriate paperwork. A $15 service fee is charged for each psychiatry appointment.
Treatment includes medication management and limited psychotherapy with out-patient follow-up. Many students receive medical treatment from our psychiatry staff while also receiving counseling services from our psychologists.
Individual insurance coverage is encouraged, but if a student is not covered by insurance for required psychiatric medication, every effort is made to arrange for patient assistance plans.
Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center
You may present to WELLWVU Psychiatry with concerns about your concentration, focus, and attention. The ability of the brain to concentrate and focus on what you want can be influenced by many factors such as sleep, diet, exercise, alcohol and drug use, anxiety and depression, and attention-deficit disorder. Please review this web site when you can to update yourself on the resources WELLWVU offers that may enhance this area of your life.
At WELLWVU Psychiatry, we team up with our psychology colleagues in the MindFit clinic if you or others in your life think your attention and concentration concerns should be looked at by a health care professional. An initial psychological assessment in the MindFit clinic will begin the process. This initial assessment looks carefully at your personal performance in areas associated with attention and concentration. Factors that may contribute in your case to the difficulties you experience are discussed. The assessment will include a review of potential treatment options to address your concerns that may include non-medication options and psychiatric referral. Our psychiatrists work closely with the psychologists in the MindFit clinic and work to coordinate your care. This may include a combination of medication and non-medication treatment options.
If you have been assessed for and treated for a specific condition such as Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or “ADHD” (sometimes referred to as “ADD” in the attentional subtype) by an outside provider and wish to continue your care within WELLWVU, you will be asked to complete the screening process to begin care within WELLWVU.Please call (304) 293-WELL to find out more or to make an appointment.
Once you have established care with a psychiatric provider within WELLWVU there are two ways you can request prescription refills: MyWVUChart and calling our office.
MyWVUChart allows you to contact your psychiatric provider electronically through the Electronic Health Record. In order to access this you must first pre-register by calling 304-598-4998 or 800-324-1468. Once you have pre-registered you can set up access to MyWVUChart at https://mywvuchart.com. You will also be able to access your WELLWVU general medical provider using MyWVUChart.
You can also call our office at (304) 293-WELL (9335) to leave a message with our psychiatric nurse. Please be sure leave the requested information. Our nurse may call you back to clarify your request or forward it to the appropriate psychiatrist for further review. For some prescription refills, your provider may request that you schedule a return visit prior to authorizing a refill in order to provide appropriate clinical care. Please allow three working days for your provider to respond to your requests.
Some prescriptions such as Adderall can only be issued by a written prescription and cannot be phoned in or sent electronically to the pharmacy.
Stimulant prescriptions (Adderall, Ritalin, Vyvanse, and others) are Schedule II medications as designated by the Drug Enforcement Administration. This group of medications requires prescribers to follow more strict rules than with other prescription medications and is tracked accordingly. Although this group of medications may offer clinical benefit with some psychiatric disorders, the group as a whole has a higher abuse potential including the inappropriate distribution of the medication. Selling or giving your stimulant medication to another person may be associated with serious health and legal consequences. If you think you or someone else may medically benefit from a stimulant medication, please seek an initial evaluation in our WELLWVU MindFit clinic or appropriate health care provider.
The wait for a new evaluation by a psychiatrist within WELLWVU may exceed six weeks. The wait for an appointment tends to increase as the semester progresses. All students who wish to continue their care or establish psychiatric care with WELLWVU are encouraged to call early in the semester to set up an appointment.
All WVU students are encouraged to consider other WELLWVU resources including the Counseling Services, groups and courses, the Student Assistance Program, our testing services, self-assessments, High Expectations, and WELLWVU Student Health.
In the event you wish to see a psychiatrist or other prescribing mental health provider outside WELLWVU, please call our office at (304) 293-WELL (9335) to request a list of providers in the area.