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How or from whom do you get a mental health assessment?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry
6 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Dr. Steven Reidbord
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Dr. Gary Snead
ADHD & Autism
4 doctors agree
In brief: Neuropsychologist
A medical physician, (md or do) can do some mental status assessments.
Counselors, social workers, psychologists also can do some assessment. The most detailed evaluation is done by a phd degree holding psychologist trained and educated in the complex testing and interpretation of the results necessary for a neuropsychologic evaluation which can identify mental illness, learning problems, etc.

In brief: Neuropsychologist
A medical physician, (md or do) can do some mental status assessments.
Counselors, social workers, psychologists also can do some assessment. The most detailed evaluation is done by a phd degree holding psychologist trained and educated in the complex testing and interpretation of the results necessary for a neuropsychologic evaluation which can identify mental illness, learning problems, etc.
Dr. Gary Snead
Dr. Gary Snead
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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Assessment
Qualified mental health professionals from psychiatrists to psychologists to social workers to counselors, depending on the type of assessment needed.

In brief: Assessment
Qualified mental health professionals from psychiatrists to psychologists to social workers to counselors, depending on the type of assessment needed.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Nicole Machinski
Clinical Psychology
In brief: Call your insurance
Contact your insurance company to find a psychologist or psychiatrist in your area who accepts your health insurance.
If it is a serious emergency, go to the ER or call 911.

In brief: Call your insurance
Contact your insurance company to find a psychologist or psychiatrist in your area who accepts your health insurance.
If it is a serious emergency, go to the ER or call 911.
Dr. Nicole Machinski
Dr. Nicole Machinski
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Dr. Richard Levenson
Clinical Psychology
In brief: Assessment
A mental health assessment may be done by either a psychiatrist or a psychologist.
The assessment can include an interview, observations, and even some standardized tests.

In brief: Assessment
A mental health assessment may be done by either a psychiatrist or a psychologist.
The assessment can include an interview, observations, and even some standardized tests.
Dr. Richard Levenson
Dr. Richard Levenson
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Dr. Alan Ali
Also, Licensed Counselors can provide assessment.
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