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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

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What is the definition or description of: health risk assessment?

What is the definition or description of: health risk assessment?

Health risk=physical: Health risk assessment looks at parameters such as blood pressure, cholesterol, prostate screen, depression screen, mammo, colon screen, prostate screen, sugar check, and dementia screen......There are other parameters, but it looks for diseases that could be detected early. ...Read more

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Migraine daily w/lightheaded. Health assessment at work. Said BP was high. Could this cause that?

Migraine daily w/lightheaded.  Health assessment at work.  Said BP was high.  Could this cause that?

Not well: From descriptions in your Hx, you've not been very well. Headaches and light-headedness are related to many conditions as well as medication side effects. An insidious thing about BP is the lack of symptoms, so it would more likely be "also" rather than cause-effect. See your provider. Have an exam. Follow recommendations for healthy diet/exercise/sleep/relaxation breathing. Ask about side effects ...Read more

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What hospital is the best for a complete health evaluation for a 76 year old who needs neurology and cardio assessment. Has ascending aortic aneurysm?

What hospital is the best for a complete health evaluation for  a 76 year old who needs neurology and cardio assessment. Has ascending aortic aneurysm?

Outpatient : Cardio-thoracic surgeon and neurologist can do the evaluations as outpatient and help one choose an appropriate facility if surgery or inpatient care needed. ...Read more

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What happens during a psych assessment for depression?

What happens during a psych assessment for depression?

It's a good talk: Typically, if a patient is being evaluated for depression the doctor will complete an initial psychiatric evaluation. This actually is a comprehensive general mental health assessment that often results in a diagnostic impression. If patients make the initial appointment because they are feeling depressed the doctor will spend extra time asking about all the symptoms of depression. ...Read more

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What happens during a psych assessment at a hospital; for depression symptoms?

What happens during a psych assessment at a hospital; for depression symptoms?

Lots of questions: Are you at the psych. Hospital? In any case, you will be asked about the duration, intensity of your sx; whether you experience thought of hurting yourself or others; delusions, hallucination; you will be assessed how much are you aware of your surroundings; family history of depression and psych illness; family and your own substance use hx; social hx, etc. ...Read more

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What is the best way to get a mental assessment for my husband?

What is the best way to get a mental assessment for my husband?

Call your insurance: Call your insurance company to find a psychologist or psychiatriast in your area who accepts your insurance. If you are worried about his immediate safety, bring him to an ER or call 911. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use mnemonics during the Montreal cognitive assessment?

Yes: Mnemonics are a great way to improve memory. Most med students use them to survive! So....whatever helps! Live healthy and be well! ...Read more

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Am i allowed to see a doctor about a mental assessment without parental permission / knowledge?

States vary: The laws in states vary as to what age teens can access health care without parental consent. You might start by asking your guidance counselor at school to help you find out what is ok in your state. Many states allow those older than 12 to get evaluated. I would encourage you to talk to a parent though. I suspect they really do care about you. If not possible because of abuse or fear, go to er. ...Read more

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In what situation do doctors perform prostate milking on a male patient? In a yearly physical exam, when health issues are diagnosed, or other reasons

In what situation do doctors perform prostate milking on a male patient? In a yearly physical exam, when health issues are diagnosed, or other reasons

No: There is no situation in which a doctor will milk the prostrate. However, the doctor may check the prostate if there is a risk of prostate cancer or enlargement. As you age your risk increases. ...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