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What happens during a mental health assessment?

What happens during a mental health assessment?

A good interview : A mental health assessment involves an interview by a mental health expert to help identify your problem. It usually starts with open ended questions and then more specific questions are asked to narrow possible reasons for your problem. Sometimes questionnaires are used to identify problems like depression or adhd. Remember the assessment is to help you so don't be afraid to ask questions. ...Read more

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Mental Health (Definition)

Mental health refers to the complex neuro-physiological state of well-being that is often observed and experienced through emotional, psychological, and social aspects of behavior. A combination of genetics and family history, culture and life experiences, and physiological health factors are all factors that contribute to one's experience of mental health. Unfortunately, the general term of mental health is often stigmatized and perceived as a negative; however, mental health includes positive aspects of health and well-being, including one's resilience, adaptability, and ability to ...Read more


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I have to have a mental health assessment. What can I expect during it?

I have to have a mental health assessment. What can I expect during it?

Questions: You will be asked many questions. Your life history, present symptoms, your appearance, behavior, speech, mood , memory, orientation will be examined. Your past history, meds previously used, family history. Most of all the reason for the evaluation will determine the nature of the evaluation. ...Read more

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What does happen/what will they ask at a mental health assessment?

What does happen/what will they ask at a mental health assessment?

History & Symptoms: Although it depends on the nature of the assessment, since mental health assessments differ, you could like expect questions pertaining to current symptoms, questions about depressive symptomatology, history with psychological treatment, current medications, & general anxiety symptoms. If you are being interviewed, then specific disorders may be pinpointed. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is a mental health assessment?

Could you explain what is a mental health assessment?

A therapist: Will ask you about your problems, get a history of what you are experiencing, family history, and assess what is wrong. See if they feel supportive. Then they will make recommendations for treatment options. ...Read more

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How or from whom do you get a mental health assessment?

How or from whom do you get a mental health assessment?

Several options: Psychiatrists (physicians specializing in mental disorders) are the traditional choice, but clinical psychologists, especially those with a phd or psyd degree, have extensive training as well, and are also trained to administer 'paper & pencil' tests for quantitative assessment of iq, memory, and many other factors. Any mental health professional can begin an assessment though. ...Read more

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Please tell me what to expect at a mental health assessment?

Please tell me what to expect at a mental health assessment?

A therapist: Will ask you about your problems, get a history of what you are experiencing, family history, and assess what is wrong. See if they feel supportive. Then they will make recommendations for treatment options. ...Read more

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What is a mental health risk assessment?

What is a mental health risk assessment?

See below...: A basic mental health risk assessment (mhra) assesses risk factors such as ideation or planning of causing harm to self or others. A more comprehensive such assessment would also attend to risk behaviors such as "cutting", substance abuse, child or elderly neglect or abuse, self neglect. ...Read more

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What's a mental health risk assessment, and why would somebody get one?

What's a mental health risk assessment, and why would somebody get one?

More than one type: Mental health risk assessment is a broad category. Risk assessments can be for suicide, homicide, violence, psychiatric relaspe, and substance abuse relapse potential. These can be done in inpatient, outpatient, and forensic settings. The ability to predict risk depends on how well the patient is known & the time period in which predictions are made. Short-term predictions are more accurate. ...Read more

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Can a mental health counselor provide ongoing counseling to a patient without a diagnostic assessment?

Can a mental health counselor provide ongoing counseling to a patient without a diagnostic assessment?

Depends: If treatment of psychopathology is the goal, there must be a diagnosis. If a person only wants feedback about their thoughts and feeling then yes. ...Read more

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Saw a Psychiatrist for general assessment. Mentioned possibility of ADHD. Was told at the end I had no mental health condition. Is that a no for ADHD?

Saw a Psychiatrist for general assessment. Mentioned possibility of ADHD. Was told at the end I had no mental health condition. Is that a no for ADHD?

No mental health: condition includes ADHD. If you still wonder about that you can see a neuropsychologist or clinical psychologist for a second opinion. If the psychiatrist didn't test you the psychologist can. Peace and good health. ...Read more

Physical Exam (Definition)

Physical exam is the actual examination of the patient's body by the physician. For example, if you sprain your ankle and go to your doctor, he will physically touch your ankle to see where it is painful. This act of touching the patient's body ...Read more