A psychiatric evaluation and assessment is the first step toward getting the help you need to overcome a mental health disorder. The experienced team at DeNova talk with you about your symptoms, perform standardized assessments when needed, and use the information obtained to create a customized care plan supporting your ability to overcome your challenges. If you’re concerned about your emotions or behaviors, don’t wait to schedule an appointment. Call the office in Lexington or Richmond, Kentucky, or book an in-person or telehealth appointment online today.
A psychiatric evaluation and assessment refers to obtaining information about your physical and mental health, then using that information to identify the cause of your symptoms, make an accurate diagnosis, and guide treatment decisions. It is critical to helping your therapist understand your emotional, behavioral, and psychological needs.
The two terms, evaluation and assessment, mean the same thing. People often refer to a psych eval or a psych assessment, using them interchangeably.
Your evaluation is essentially a conversation between you and your therapist. They learn about your medical and mental health history. They also explore lifestyle, social, and environmental issues that may contribute to your mental health challenges.
Your therapist asks about your current concerns and symptoms. Depending on your reason for seeking mental health care, they may complete standardized psychiatric and behavioral assessments.
Standardized assessments include questions about your thoughts, feelings, and actions. Some consist of scales for rating different emotions and behaviors. These assessments are carefully designed to screen for specific mental health disorders.
When evaluating children and teens, the DeNova team may ask for permission to talk with or send a standardized questionnaire to other people familiar with the child’s challenges.
For example, your therapist may connect with teachers when assessing developmental disabilities like attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
After your therapist finishes your evaluation, the next step is talking with you about your diagnosis, defining the most pressing challenges you face, and working together to create a treatment plan.
Mental health treatment typically includes counseling (therapy), medication, or both, depending on your diagnosis and the severity of your symptoms. You may also need case management if you need support finding other services in the community.
Don’t think in terms of scheduling a psychiatric assessment. Instead, think about whether you need the support of a compassionate and experienced mental health professional.
It’s time to schedule a mental health appointment when your emotions, thoughts, and behaviors interfere with your ability to get through the day and enjoy life. A psychiatric evaluation happens naturally if needed to help you move forward.
Call DeNova or book an appointment online today to get the mental health care you need.