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What happens during a mental health assessment?

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Dr. Alfredo Soto
Psychiatry
8 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Alfredo Soto
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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Each therapist has to conduct interviews in a manner that fits best with their own style. Often for me it seems to relax people by talking about less intense problems first. I will ask less emotional data specific questions, a process I call "digitilization". Once they are more comfortable talking then the emotionally laden questions are likely to be answered more honestly and in neccesary detail
Dr. Bassam Amawi
Psychiatry
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Mental H Assessmen

U will be initially introduced to each other and u will be asked about the reason for u visit , u detailed symptoms, about any history of mental illness , treatment, allergy, medical history, medication, social and family history , physical and sexual abuse and substance abuse than u will have mse.

In brief: Mental H Assessmen

U will be initially introduced to each other and u will be asked about the reason for u visit , u detailed symptoms, about any history of mental illness , treatment, allergy, medical history, medication, social and family history , physical and sexual abuse and substance abuse than u will have mse.
Dr. Bassam Amawi
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Dr. Gregory Goldman
Clinical Psychology

In brief: It varies

Some clinicians do testing as part of their evaluations, while others rely solely on conversation.
Conversation is always the center point of the evaluation though. Every person has their strengths and difficulties; the clinician's job is to find out what yours are. People are often defensive and try to make themselves look good in evals, which almost always works against them, so be honest.

In brief: It varies

Some clinicians do testing as part of their evaluations, while others rely solely on conversation.
Conversation is always the center point of the evaluation though. Every person has their strengths and difficulties; the clinician's job is to find out what yours are. People are often defensive and try to make themselves look good in evals, which almost always works against them, so be honest.
Dr. Gregory Goldman
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