Mental Health Assessment
A mental health assessment gives your doctor an overall picture of how well you feel emotionally and how well you are able to think, reason, and remember (cognitive functioning). Your doctor may discuss some results of the mental health assessment with you right after the assessment. Complete results may not be available for several days.
Many conditions can change the results of a mental health assessment. Your doctor will talk with you about how your results relate to your symptoms and past health.
A mental health assessment can help diagnose:
- Mental health problems, such as Reference anxiety disorders Opens New Window, Reference depression Opens New Window, Reference schizophrenia Opens New Window, Reference attention deficit hyperactivity disorder Opens New Window, Reference conduct disorder Opens New Window, Reference bipolar disorders Opens New Window, and Reference eating disorders Opens New Window.
- Developmental problems, such as Reference learning disabilities Opens New Window, Reference intellectual disability Opens New Window, and Reference autism Opens New Window.
- Substance abuse, including Reference alcohol and drug abuse and dependence Opens New Window.
- Diseases of the nervous system, such as Reference Alzheimer's disease Opens New Window, Reference Huntington's disease Opens New Window, Reference Parkinson's disease Opens New Window, and Reference epilepsy Opens New Window.
- Other problems, such as Reference thyroid Opens New Window disease and brain tumors.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference January 12, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Reference Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry