Depression, anxiety and other mental health conditions can lead to some intense interruptions in your life. They can be debilitating and make it extremely difficult to live life as you normally would without the symptoms of the conditions you may be experiencing. Having proper diagnosis and care can make overcoming these concerns smoother and more successful.
There are different components to a mental health assessment, including a suicide and violence risk assessment. During this portion, the medical or mental health professional will go over a few things and assess the need for immediate care or psychiatric evaluation. It basically will let them know whether you are a danger to yourself or others.
The next part is consent. Before the assessment can begin, the doctor needs for you to consent to be evaluated. This may include consent and authorization for medical records to be released. Following the consents will be the interview and questionnaire. This should include any current symptoms, mental health and physical health history, any family history of mental health, and any current or former substance use or abuse. Then finally, there may be a physical examination. There could be a physical cause of the symptoms you may be experiencing mentally. Ruling out any physical conditions will help with proper diagnosis.
Yes, it seems like a lot. However, understanding what to expect from a mental health evaluation can make it seem less overwhelming. Understanding the process and how it will work will make it easier to commit and have an assessment done.