Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Stimulant Drug?

Stimulants are prescription drugs that tend to promote wakefulness and mental activity. They have been around in various formulations for decades, and are among psychiatry's most well-studied drugs. Some popular stimulants include Adderall, Ritalin, Concerta, and Vyvanse. 

Due to stimulants having the power to increase energy and wakefulness, they are becoming increasingly popular recreational drugs, especially on college campuses. Stimulants are just like any other medication; potentially dangerous when administered outside of clinician supervision, but quite safe when taken at the proper dosage to treat a medical condition.

For more information on ADHD, please click here

Can you tell me more about psychological testing?

For further information about testing, please click here.

Will information that I disclose during my visits be kept confidential?

Absolutely. The Rochester Center for Behavioral Medicine feels that confidentiality is among our most important responsibilities.

How long is a therapy session?

Therapy sessions last between forty-five and fifty minutes.

Do you do physicals at RCBM?

No, we do not do physicals at RCBM. We refer to primary care doctors, and we have a list of doctors that we commonly consult with.

How long will I need to be in therapy?

This depends on the case. At RCBM, we believe in focused psychotherapy and do not believe in keeping people in therapy beyond the time that they need to be there.

How frequently will I be meeting with the doctor?

This depends. Some individuals need to see the doctors on a frequent basis, sometimes on a monthly basis, and sometimes in stable cases, meetings with doctors may not be more frequent than every three months.

Do you give injections at RCBM?

Yes, we offer one specific injection, which is a medication called Vivitrol. This is a medication for individuals with an alcohol use disorder. One of our trained nurses is responsible for administering these injections to our patients.

What will happen during an initial office visit?

During the initial office interview, a full history will be obtained.

What do I need to bring with me to my first appointment?

Please bring your list of concerns, what issues you want resolved and how you want things to be better. We also suggest bringing a list of your current medications and dosages.

What kind of research studies do you do?

The Rochester Center for Behavioral Medicine is involved in many research studies. Click here for more details.

Can I be in therapy while participating in a research study?

Yes, although this varies from one research study to another.

What is a nurse practitioner?

A nurse practitioner is a master’s level nurse. Nurse practitioners can prescribe medication under the auspices of a physician.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist, a psychologist, a counselor and a social worker?

A psychiatrist is a physician who is initially trained as a general doctor. After general training, psychiatrists specialize in psychological and neurological disorders.

What is a medication review?

A medication review is performed by a psychiatrist or a psychiatric nurse practitioner. Typically, med reviews last between ten and twenty minutes.

Does anyone have weekend/evening hours?

Yes. Some of our clinicians do work weekend and evening hours.

Do you have emergency appointments?

There are many clinicians at the Rochester Center for Behavioral Medicine. Each tends to be busy and maintain an active schedule but should an emergency arise, whether with a new or existing patient, please feel free to contact us and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Do you do brain scans at RCBM?

We do not do brain scans at RCBM. We do, however, work with various sites throughout the country that perform brain scans.

Does anyone in the office see children?

Yes. The Rochester Center is fully equipped with an experienced staff of clinicians who specialize in disorders of children.