Understanding Psychiatric Evaluations

Psychiatric evaluations have a negative stigma and a lot of misunderstanding around them because of incorrect or dramatized media portrayals and the lack of correct knowledge on mental health issues in the United States.

Psychiatric evaluations are assumed for those with dangerous mental health conditions. However, nothing could be farther from the truth. Psychiatric evaluations are used to assess anyone who may be acting disruptive, rebellious, or even sad. It is also used for people who have problems with relationships, social responsibilities, substance abuse, emotional expressions, and responsiveness to events in their lives.

Psychiatric evaluations re a critical component of assessing whether a person has a mental health problem that needs to be addressed with professional help. They are designed to evaluate all types of mental health problems, including minor ones that can be treated and dealt with fairly quickly. Furthermore, an evaluation does not guarantee you have a mental health problem. Many people go through the evaluation to find out they do not have an issue that needs to be addressed. Therefore, do not fear getting one if you need help.

Psychiatric evaluations are a safe space for you to be honest about your feelings, thoughts, and experiences. You should not be ashamed with anything you share during an evaluation. Psychiatrists are trained professionals who are experts in treating mental health problems and have likely already seen and heard everything you could possibly share. The more open and honest you are, the better your evaluation will go and the better chances you have of getting an accurate diagnosis.

The Initial Evaluation

The initial evaluation will focus on learning who you are and the many aspects of your developmental, medical, and family histories. It will also touch on social and environmental influences as well as your professional and personal lives.

Every psychiatrist has their own system of how to conduct an initial evaluation to get to know you and to make you feel comfortable. Your age and comfort level can also influence how your initial evaluation will be structured.

Topics Covered

There are a variety of topics covered in a psychiatric evaluation. Your psychiatrist may delve into specific topic areas more in the initial evaluation as well as subsequent sessions, depending on which areas appear to be a concern or could possibly be the reason behind your issues. Examples of topics areas covered include:

  • Family history and relationships
  • Substance abuse
  • Developmental history
  • Social history
  • Mental status and emotional health
  • History of your problems
  • Medical history

Psychiatric Evaluations in Southbury, Connecticut

If you would like to learn more about psychiatric evaluations and whether it is the right step for you to get your mental health in control, visit Psy-Visions today. Dr. Mark D. Stracks MD, MS, MPH is a board-certified psychiatrist with a wealth of experience helping adults of all ages as well as adolescents experiencing a range of disorders.

Contact us today and see how we can help you. Call (203) 405-1745 to request an appointment. You can also request an appointment online.


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