Clarity Clinic provides second-opinion psychiatric services for a wide range of treatment areas throughout the Chicago area. We have a comprehensive evaluation process that will give you the peace of mind you need to move forward with the right treatment.
Second opinions are more common than you think. They are a great tool that can help you make an educated decision about your treatment or medications. You can rest assured knowing that the psychiatric teams at Clarity Clinic have plenty of experience and are here to help you feel comfortable during a time of uncertainty and give you the guidance you need for your diagnosis.
We have professional psychiatrists, certified physician assistants (PA-Cs), and psychiatric nurse practitioners located in Chicago and the Chicagoland area. Receiving a second opinion can provide the reassurance you need about a medical diagnosis and can help you think about the next steps you need to take for your health.
Why and When to Get a Mental Health Second Opinion
It never hurts to get a second opinion. After you receive a diagnosis of any kind, it can be overwhelming. And if you feel like something does not feel right, if you have any hesitation about your diagnosis, there may be an understandable reason to get a second opinion. This can provide you with the insight and assurance you need to make the right treatment decision moving forward.
Another reason could be that certain symptoms of mental health can be harder to recognize than others. Some individuals downplay their symptoms with one healthcare provider but feel more open with others. Other people may feel as though they recovered after an episode of mental illness sooner than later and might not feel like they require additional treatment.
Another reason could be that your current provider does not specialize in your condition, or you are not responding to your current treatment plan.
Every individual is different and deserves individualized treatment that meets the needs of their condition.
Our professional staff can review your diagnosis with you, go over alternative treatment plans, and provide you with the expert second opinion consult you need to move forward.
How to Get a Second Opinion
If you are ready to get a second opinion, start by searching for a Clarity Clinic mental health provider in your area accepting new patients and with a specialty related to the conditions you hope to alleviate. Schedule an appointment with them and let them know you are looking for a second opinion consult. You will want to make sure you are providing your psychiatrist, PA, or NP with all the most accurate information your current provider gave to you so they can make their own diagnosis.
You will also want to make sure to address any problems with the treatment you have had so far and explain why you are feeling uncertain about your current situation. Acknowledge their professional opinion but explain why you would like to explore other options before moving forward.
During your second opinion consult, a psychiatrist, PA-C, or NP will discuss the specifics of your care with you. They will review your medical history, go over your symptoms, and carefully evaluate the original diagnosis and treatment plan your current provider gave to you.
Our team will then explore all the possible plan options that you can consider. You will have an opportunity to address any of your concerns and learn more about certain medications and different mental health treatments Clarity Clinic offers.
What to say to your current and second mental health care provider
After receiving your diagnosis from your first mental health care provider, you will want to be transparent and honest with your choice to get a second
opinion. If you disagree with them, let them know why. If you have any questions or concerns, do not be afraid to address them.
It is not uncommon for psychiatric care providers to have different opinions on diagnoses and treatments. Explain your reasoning for a second opinion consultation to anyone on our psychiatry team, and they will work with you to work toward a more comfortable direction for your mental wellness plan.
Our team offers a broad range of specialties and services to diagnose and treat mental health conditions. We strive to guide you toward optimal clarity and are here to help you understand your diagnosis, explore different treatment options, and ultimately find one that works for you.
We encourage you to ask any questions that you may have about any of our specialties or services. Share your goals and concerns with your provider, so you can decide which provider will be the best fit for you and your needs moving forward.