• Frequently Asked Questions


    The greatest wealth is health.

    - Virgil

  • FAQ-Frequently Asked Questions

    How long will it take me to feel better? Will I have a full recovery?

    One of the most frequent questions we are asked by our patients is, “How long will it take me to feel better?” While nobody can answer this with 100% accuracy, certain mental health markers help our psychiatrists determine a response specific to you and your needs. Read more here.

    What can I expect during my first appointment?

    A patient’s first psychiatric visit can be daunting. Our goal at Potomac Psychiatry is to make you feel comfortable and at ease from the very first appointment. Read about our compassionate method and first appointment expectations.

    Can you help me understand your use of genetic testing?

    Genetic testing can help our doctors create a more precise treatment plan tailored to your unique genome. Read about the genetic testing process and the many genetic testing benefits.

    Why don’t you take insurance?

    Potomac Psychiatry does not take insurance—rather, we work with you and your insurance company to make sure the reimbursement process is as pain-free as possible. Read more about the insurance reimbursement process and how we help.

    Why are your fees so high?

    The trial-and-error approach to psychiatry can lead to patients being in treatment for years—if not decades—costing them time, energy, money and creating a lot of psychological distress. Read about Potomac Psychiatry’s fee structure and why our model is different.

    What is the best way to get in touch with my doctor, and to request meds? How do I know if the prescription was sent?

    Whether you have an administrative question for our staff or a refill request for your doctor, Potomac Psychiatry prioritizes responsiveness. Read more about contacting your doctor, and, requesting prescription medication.

    What is a prior authorization and do I need it to get my medication? Why do you charge a fee?

    If you’ve been denied coverage on a specific medication or treatment by your insurance company, Potomac staff can issue a prior authorization asking them to reconsider. Find out why the prior authorization option is often successful.

    What is your cancellation policy?

    Need to cancel your appointment? We are here to help. Please read our cancellation policy

    Our offices are conveniently accessible from the following communities:

    Maryland (MD):
    Bethesda 20814 - Bethesda 20816 - Bethesda 20817 - Chevy Chase 20815 - Colesville 20904 - Cabin John 20815 - Glen Echo 20812 - Gaithersburg 20855 - Gaithersburg 20877- Gaithersburg 20878 - Gaithersburg 20879 - Garrett Park 20896 - Kensington 20895 - Montgomery Village 20886 - Olney 20830 - Olney 20832 - Potomac 20854 - Potomac 20859 - Rockville 20850 - Rockville 20852 - Rockville 20853 - Silver Spring 20903 - Silver Spring 20905 - Silver Spring 20906 - Silver Spring 20910 - Takoma Park 20912 - Wheaton 20902

    Washington DC:
    Crestwood 20011- North Capitol Hill 20002 - Cathedral Heights 20016 - American University Park 20016 - Columbia Heights 20010 - Mount Pleasant 20010 - Downtown 20036 - Dupont Circle 20009 - Logan Circle 20005- Adams Morgan 20009 - Chevy Chase 20015 - Georgetown 20007 - Cleveland Park 20008 - Foggy Bottom 20037 - Rock Creek Park - Woodley Park 20008 - Tenleytown 20016

    Northern Virginia:
    McLean 22101- McLean 22102 - McLean 22106 - Great Falls 22066 - Arlington 22201 - Arlington 22202 - Arlington 22203 - Arlington 22205 - Falls Church 22041 - Vienna 22181 - Alexandria 22314