What is a Psychiatric Evaluation?

A complete psychiatric evaluation might be needed to identify developmental, emotional or behavioral disorders. An evaluation of an adult, child or adolescent is created based on behaviors present and in relation to emotional, social, cognitive (thinking), physical, genetic, environmental and educational aspects that might be affected because of such behaviors.

Who is evaluated in a psychiatric evaluation?

Several times, spouses, families, teachers and friends are the first to suspect that a loved one is challenged by behaviors, feelings or environmental conditions that cause a person to act incontrollable, disruptive or unhappy; this might include difficulties in relationships with family members, friends or coworkers, sleeping, school, eating, substance abuse, coping, emotional appearance, development, attentiveness and responsiveness. It is important for families who suspect an issue in any of these areas to seek treatment as soon as possible. Treatment for mental health disorders is accessible.

What is involved in a thorough psychiatric evaluation?

These are the most shared parts of a comprehensive, diagnostic psychiatric evaluation. All assessments are different, as each person's behaviors and symptoms are different.

The evaluation may consist of:

  • Description of responses (for example, when do the actions happen, how long does the behavior last, what are the conditions in which the behaviors most often occur)
  • Description of indications (psychiatric and physical symptoms)
  • Effects of traits or actions related to work functioning, school accomplishment or interactions and relationships with others (like coworkers, spouse, neighbors or family members)
  • Family participation
  • Activity contribution
  • Psychiatric consultation
  • Family and personal history of behavioral, emotional or developmental disorders
  • Medical history containing a description of the person's overall physical health, a list of any additional conditions or illnesses present and any current treatments
  • Lab tests in some instances (might be used to verify if an underlying medical condition is present), including radiology reports looking for abnormalities, predominantly in the brain structures
  • Educational valuations
  • Language and speech assessments
  • Psychological assessments

Shared questions include:

  1. What is wrong with a family member, spouse or loved one?
  2. Is she or he abnormal?
  3. Did something go wrong in a relationship to cause this?
  4. Does he or she need to be hospitalized?
  5. Will he or she require treatment?
  6. Will he or she "stop performing or outgrow" these behaviors at some point?
  7. Is this "a phase" he or she is going through?
  8. How can I help him or her get healthier?
  9. What will the therapy cost?
  10. Where does a person go for help?
  11. What does this diagnosis indicate?
  12. How can a family become involved?

Once a diagnosis is made, active participation and family involvement in treatment are vital for any person with a mental health disorder. The mental health practitioner or primary healthcare provider will address questions and provide reassurance by working with the person to establish short-term and long-term treatment goals for the loved one.

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