psychiatric-evaluation

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Psychiatric Evaluation

The thought of a psychiatric evaluation can be overwhelming. Our team is here to support you throughout your healing process.

So what is a psychiatric evaluation?

It is an assessment designed to determine your mental health wellness, and a psychiatrist conducts it. The review is intended to identify whether a patient presents with any mental illness so they can be diagnosed and treated. Completing a full evaluation is lengthy and usually requires several sessions to administer but is necessary, so all of the needed data is collected.

The psychiatrist will document any concerns they have as they progress through the evaluation. The evaluator will also notice illnesses, health, psychiatric, and medical treatments the patient receives or has had in the past. All of the medications taken by the patient will also be monitored. Family health and patient psychiatric history will be recorded in detail as well.

The evaluator will also require an interview with the patient, and in some cases, the patient's family will need to be interviewed as well. The interview is a crucial part of the evaluation. The psychiatrist asks questions about the patient's relationships, friends, and family.

The evaluator may also need blood tests, physical exam information, and any other test results from tests performed on the patient, especially if the test results directly relate to the patients' current concerns.

If the evaluator chooses to do an involuntary evaluation, it may be because the evaluating physician feels the patient is possibly a danger to themselves or others. If this is the case, the patient will be taken to a psychiatric emergency room to be examined by a specialized in mental health treatment. This step is precautionary in many cases to make sure the patient stays in a safe situation until they are able to stay safe on their own.

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