If you or a loved one is suffering from a mental health disorder, our experts can help. A thorough mental health evaluation allows our specialists to identify a problem, make an accurate diagnosis, and determine an effective treatment plan.
We have been proudly serving Northern California since 2008. Our top-of-the-line psychiatric evaluations play a key role in treating mental health problems and helping our patients achieve a higher quality of life. Give us a call to learn more about our psychiatric assessments and behavioral health services.
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A psychiatric evaluation is the first step in identifying and diagnosing mental, emotional, developmental, or behavioral disorders. They can be performed on children, adolescents, and adults. The assessment typically lasts between 45 minutes and an hour, depending on the person. In some cases, the evaluation may require multiple visits.
To get a better understanding of the patient, the psychologists might ask questions about:
For patients exhibiting physical symptoms, the psychologist may order lab work or X-rays.
In some circumstances, patients are asked to complete self-evaluations. These questionnaires allow mental health experts to gauge the level of self-awareness the patient has as well as how the patient processes information. Most importantly, it’s essential to recognize that psychiatric assessments are not standardized. They are customized for each individual.
Our team utilizes a variety of mental health assessment tools when performing psychiatric assessments. Not two evaluations are the same because no two patients are the same. Customized evaluations lead to a more effective diagnosis and treatment.
The best way to prepare for a mental health evaluation is to recognize abnormal thoughts, feelings, or behaviors before you meet with a psychologist.
In the days leading up to your assessment, consider:
If you’re feeling overwhelmed, write down information about your symptoms in a journal and bring it along to your psychiatric assessment. Jot down the time of day when symptoms occur, how they make you feel, and any other important notes you think a psychologist should know.
There are three reasons to perform a comprehensive psychological assessment:
Without a proper evaluation, patients may not receive an accurate diagnosis and treatment. Avoiding a psychiatric assessment delays treatment and prevents a patient from living a healthy lifestyle. Psychiatric assessments lead to treatments. Without treatment, symptoms get worse. They may develop into aggressive thoughts or harmful behaviors that put the patient in danger.
At Therapeutic Solutions, we believe you cannot put a price on evaluating mental health. That’s why our team delivers free behavioral health assessments to Chico residents.
After the evaluation, the therapist will determine the next steps needed for a successful treatment. The initial evaluation is free, and treatments are typically covered by private insurance plans. Our team can assist in verifying your insurance benefit coverage before treatment sessions begin. For those without insurance coverage, we offer payment plans and financial arrangements to ensure you can receive the mental health treatment you need.
Therapeutic Solutions is proud to provide patients in Northern California with comprehensive psychiatric evaluations. To schedule yours, get in touch with our team today. We’ll work together to improve your mental health and quality of life.