What is Comprehensive Psychiatric Evaluation?
A comprehensive psychiatric evaluation may be necessary to diagnose a number of emotional, behavioral, or developmental disorders. An evaluation of a child, adolescent, or adult is made based on behaviors present and in relation to physical, genetic, environmental, social, cognitive (thinking), emotional, and educational components that may be affected as a result of the behaviors presented.
Who is evaluated?
Many times, families, spouses, or friends are the first to suspect that their loved one is challenged by feelings, behaviors, and/or environmental conditions that cause them to act disruptive, rebellious, or sad. This may include, but is not limited to, problems with relationships with friends and/or family members, work, school, sleeping, eating, substance abuse, emotional expression, development, coping, attentiveness, and responsiveness. It is important for families who suspect a problem in one, or more, of these areas to seek treatment as soon as possible. Treatment for these mental health disorders is available.
Evaluation may include the following:
- Description of behaviors present (i.e., when do the behaviors occur, how long does the behavior last, what are the conditions in which the behaviors most often occur)
- Description of symptoms noted (physical and psychiatric symptoms)
Effects of behaviors/symptoms as related to the following:
- Work performance, school performance, relationships and interactions with others (i.e., spouse, co-workers, family members, neighbors), family involvement activity involvement
- Personal and family history of emotional, behavioral, or developmental disorders
- Complete medical history, including description of the individual’s overall physical health, list of any other illnesses or conditions present, and any treatments currently being administered
Once a diagnosis is made, family involvement and active participation in treatment are extremely important for any individual with a mental health disorder. The doctor will address questions and provide reassurance by working with you to establish long-term and short-term treatment goals for your loved one.
We work along with other professionals like Primary Care Physicians, Pediatricians, Therapists and other specialized care doctors in various roles, for the consultation or collaborative care well as for the continuation of your mental wellness.