Extended In-Depth Assessment of Bipolar Disorder

Occasionally an individual may be interested in receiving a one-time in-depth consult and assessment pertaining to bipolar disorder. The motivation for an in-depth assessment may reflect concerns about emerging bipolar disorder symptoms.  Alternately, an individual may previously have been diagnosed and is now seeking a second opinion regarding the diagnosis.

The in-depth consultation is approximately 2 to 3 hours in length, depending upon the extent of issues needing discussion. These kinds of assessments are usually scheduled for Friday or Saturday mornings. The  benefit of scheduling an extended assessment entails the opportunity for thorough discussion and exploration without being limited by the constraints of a single session. A Saturday morning consult can also be more viable if one is traveling to Charlottesville from another geographic region. The cost for the assessment will depend upon the amount of time for the assessment. Fees are figured at $175/hr.

The assessment will cover the following areas:

  • Current symptoms and background
  • Course of presenting issues
  • Assessment of lifestyle and environmental influences
  • Psychiatric/psychotherapy treatment history
  • Family psychiatric history
  • Psychosocial history
  • Substance use history
  • Discussion of diagnosis
  • Treatment recommendations

If the individual being assessed would like to have a spouse, partner or family member participate in the assessment, he or she is welcome to do so.

If the assessment will serve as the foundation for subsequent treatment with Dr. Federman, a written report will not be generated unless specifically requested by the individual being assessed. However, if the assessment is being done for an individual living outside the Charlottesville area and is intended for use by other mental health or medical professionals, a comprehensive written report will be provided.  Report cost will be based upon writing time.  It will usually be written and sent to the patient within two weeks following the assessment.