Should I Complete a Mental Health Assessment?

Looking into your mental health options and wondering where to start? A focus on mental health is something that more and more people are paying attention to nowadays, which is really great news. For too long, people who are experiencing mental difficulties have often been made to feel like it is their fault that they are dealing with mental issues. It is not their fault, and instead their mental state is often related to genetic, psychological and even environmental factors. As we begin to learn more about how mental illness is not someone’s fault, more people are beginning to reach out and get the mental help they need.

According to Mental Health America, it is estimated that 20 percent of American adults will experience a diagnosable mental health disorder in any given year.

What is a mental health assessment?

An assessment of someone’s mental health is also known as a psychiatric assessment or a psychological screening. The idea behind the assessment is so that a medical professional is able to get a good overall picture of someone’s current state of mind or emotional health. An assessment will often require a physical exam, blood work, personal history information, mental health history, performing cognitive tests and answering questions about thoughts and feelings.

A psychiatrist can perform psychiatric evaluations and is a medical professional who can treat a variety of disorders like anxiety disorder and bipolar disorder.

When a mental health assessment should be completed

Everyone tends to experience difficult times in their life from time to time, which is completely normal and to be expected. It is when these negative feelings associated with difficult times do not go away and therefore get in the way of someone’s ability to function normally that a mental health assessment should be completed. Examples of negative feelings include aggression, thoughts of harming oneself, feeling extremely tired, feeling depressed and engaging in risky behaviors, like taking drugs.

How long do mental health assessments take?

An assessment of someone’s health can be done in only one appointment and tends to take anywhere from one to three hours to complete. It is important for those taking the assessment to understand that there are no right or wrong answers; they just need to be completely truthful.

Ready to take an assessment?

If you are ready to take a mental health assessment, know that you are taking one of the first steps towards getting the help you need. It really is important for you to take good care of your mental health just like you do your physical health. All you need to do is contact us at your earliest convenience so we can get you scheduled in. If there is a particular day or time that works for you, let us know so we can get you scheduled in at that time. Know that our team truly cares about you, so be sure to contact us if you need us.

Request an appointment here: or call Evolve Psychiatry at (631) 773-1096 for an appointment in our Massapequa office.

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