Frequently Asked Questions

1. Are you accepting new patients? 

Yes. Psychiatrist, Dr. Rawat, is currently accepting new patients at his Bethesda and Ellicott City, Maryland offices.

2. What does a psychiatrist do?

A psychiatrist is a medical professional specializing in mental health. They diagnose and treat various mental disorders using a combination of therapy, medication, and other interventions.

3. How is a psychiatrist different from a psychologist or therapist?

While psychologists and therapists focus on providing counseling and therapy, psychiatrists are medical doctors who can prescribe medication for mental health conditions in addition to offering therapy. They have a comprehensive understanding of the biological aspects of mental disorders.

4. When should I consider seeing a psychiatrist?

It’s advisable to consider seeing a psychiatrist if you’re experiencing persistent emotional or psychological difficulties that interfere with your daily life, such as depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder. A psychiatrist can provide an accurate diagnosis and develop an effective treatment plan.

5. How can a psychiatrist help with my mental health?

Psychiatrists play a vital role in mental health by diagnosing and treating mental disorders. They can provide therapy, prescribe medications, monitor progress, and adjust treatment as necessary to help alleviate symptoms and improve overall mental well-being.

6. What conditions or disorders do psychiatrists treat?

Psychiatrists are trained to diagnose and treat various mental health conditions, including but not limited to depression, anxiety disorders, bipolar disorder, and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

7. What is the process of diagnosing a mental health condition with a psychiatrist?

Psychiatrists use a comprehensive approach to diagnose mental health conditions. They assess your symptoms, conduct a detailed evaluation, consider your medical history, and may order additional tests if needed. This process helps them form an accurate diagnosis and create an appropriate treatment plan.

8. What treatment options do psychiatrists offer?

Psychiatrists offer a range of treatment options tailored to individual needs. These may include therapy (such as cognitive-behavioral therapy), medication management, lifestyle modifications, and referrals to other specialists, if necessary.

9. How long does a typical psychiatric appointment last?

The duration of a psychiatric appointment can vary depending on several factors, but typically, an initial evaluation appointment may last around 60-90 minutes, while follow-up appointments usually range from 20-30 minutes. However, the exact duration is determined by your specific needs and the psychiatrist’s practice.

10. How frequently will I need to see a psychiatrist?

The frequency of appointments depends on the nature and severity of your condition. Initially, appointments may be more frequent to assess progress and adjust treatment. Over time, appointments may become less frequent as symptoms improve. Dr. Rawat will determine the appropriate schedule based on your individual needs.

11. Will I be prescribed medication by my psychiatrist?

Psychiatrists are authorized to prescribe medication for mental health conditions when necessary. They carefully consider your symptoms, diagnosis, and medical history before recommending medication. However, the use of medication is determined on a case-by-case basis, and alternative treatment options may also be explored.

12. How soon can I schedule my appointment with Dr. Rawat?

Psychiatry appointments are usually available within two business days and certainly within one week.

13. Where are you located?

Dr. Rawat has psychiatry offices in Bethesda and Ellicott City, MD.

14. Do you accept insurance? 

Daybreak Psychiatry does not accept insurance, but we do provide billing sheets that patients can submit for reimbursement.

15. How Much Does A Psychiatrist Cost?

Even without insurance, Daybreak Psychiatry offers affordable session rates, ranging from $175 to $350 per appointment.

  • $350 for an evaluation, which is an hour long
  • $200 for one hour follow up
  • $175 for 30 minute follow up

16. How do I schedule an appointment?

Please call 410-305-9083 during office hours, Monday through Friday 10am to 4pm. You will be greeted by a live receiptionist.

17. What types of clients do you see?

Dr. Rawat provides psychiatry services to adults with anxiety and depression.

18. What is the goal of treatment?

To stabilize the clients mood and anxiety and reverse any impairments.

19. What does impairment mean? 

Not doing something one would normally do because of a psychiatric condition such as: hobbies, tasks at work, or socializing.

20. Does Daybreak Psychiatry provide therapy?

Yes, Dr. Rawat provides cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT).

21. What is cognitive behavioral therapy?

It’s a form of therapy tailored to change one’s thinking to solution driven.  People feel like victims of their mood or anxiety. Once they realize they are a consumer of the things the world has to offer they have options. Most things we worry about are unlikely to happen or if they did happen we would be OK anyway. More importantly, we can make choices that will likely steer things towards a desired outcome.

22. Do you write for addictive drugs?

No. That’s our policy as it usually creates more problems. Anesthetizing or overstimulating people with addictive meds is not a great idea.

23. Do you fill out disability paperwork?

No. If someone is so impaired by a condition that they are unable to work or go to school, they should be seen in an intensive outpatient setting, as they need a higher level of care.