Psychiatric Services

Psychiatric care is available at the Counseling Center 5 days per week.  The full range of psychiatric disturbances are addressed, including depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, developmental disorders, obsessive-compulsive behaviors, attention deficit, substance use, psychosis, somatoform concerns, eating and sleep disorders, and other interpersonal issues and dysfunctions that may be affecting academic performance and overall health. Dialogue about diagnosis, medication, treatment options, and best practices is a standard and necessary part of the evaluation so students feel empowered to care for their health, thereby improving compliance and treatment success. If you are interested in psychiatric care at the Counseling Center or have questions for psychiatric staff, feel free to stop by the center. We are here to help!

Psychiatric Services at Rutgers Newark

  1. Psychiatric Evaluation and Medication Management

Our team of mental health professionals includes psychiatrists on staff who are available to evaluate each patient's special needs and to discuss medication and therapy options with the patients. Psychiatrists can recommend and prescribe medications that are effective for depression, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and for other mental illnesses.  If the patient is prescribed medication, the psychiatrist will monitor the case and provide medication management.  Please note students are responsible for the costs of filling their prescriptions.

  1. ADHD/ADD Evaluation and Treatment

Problems with attention and focus can adversely affect academic and social functioning resulting in significant stress for college students. The Counseling Center staff is available to provide psychological and psychiatric treatment for Attention Deficit Disorder and Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD/ADHD). Psychiatric staff also work in conjunction with the Learning Center to provide evaluations for ADD/ADHD and with the American Disabilities Act Coordinator to assist students in obtaining appropriate accommodations within the university setting. The first step is to visit the Learning Center for an ADD/ADHD screening. Your results will be sent to the Counseling Center for review.

At the Counseling Center, you will be expected to provide detailed medical records describing your diagnosis and past treatment. Corroborative information, such as parent/guardian report, academic record including any history of accommodations, formal assessment data, standardized questionnaires, etc. may be required. Psychiatric staff will review assembled data to create an appropriate treatment plan. In line with current research, treatment for ADD/ADHD often include academic coaching, study and organizational skill building, tutoring, stress reduction, self-care routines, short-term cognitive behavioral therapies to change maladaptive behaviors and thought patterns, and possibly pharmacotherapy.

If diagnostic interviewing proves inconclusive, additional neuropsychological or psychoeducational testing may be requested. Counseling Center staff will work with students to find appropriate on and off-campus resources.