What is a Psychiatric Evaluation?
Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluations at J. Flowers Health Institute
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What is a Psychiatric Evaluation?
How Long Does It Take to Do a Psychiatric Evaluation?
Where to Get a Psychiatric Evaluation?
What are the Types of Psychiatric Evaluation?
General Psychiatric Evaluation
Moreover, the psychiatrist can review the person’s medical history and order lab tests. Notably, the evaluation may also involve meetings with the person’s family members.
The Growing Need for Psychiatric Evaluation in the United States
Psychiatric evaluation is a valuable tool in identifying mental disorders. It can help with better diagnosis and also aid proper treatment.
Sadly, mental illnesses are more common than many people think. Below are some recent stats about the growing mental health problems in the United States.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),
The Top Three Mental Disorders in the U.S.
The top three mental disorders among adults in the United States are:
Anxiety disorders, which affect 48 million people
Major depression, which affects 17.7 million people
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which affects 9 million people1
Between 2013 and 2016, the number of people diagnosed with major depression increased by about 33%.4 Over 40% of people addicted to prescription painkillers have depression and anxiety.5
Untreated depression is one of the major causes of suicide. About 1 in 5 people with untreated depression attempt suicide during their lifetimes.6
Suicide ranks tenth in the list of leading causes of death in the United States. In 2017, suicide was responsible for 47,000 deaths. Most notably, among people aged 10 to 34 years, suicide was the second most common cause of death.7
Mental Health Diagnoses Do Not Receive Enough Treatment
What is a Psychiatrist?
What is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist?
Psychiatrist vs. Psychologist: What are the Differences?
A psychologist is a health professional with an advanced degree. They may have one of the following degrees:
- A doctor of psychology (PsyD degree)
- A doctor of philosophy (Ph.D. degree) in clinical psychology, counseling, or school psychology
What Does a Psychiatrist Do?
- Anxiety disorders
- Mood disorders including depression and bipolar disorder
- Personality disorders
- Eating disorders
- Schizophrenia, which is a type of psychotic disorder
- Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
How Does a Psychiatrist Perform an Evaluation?
- The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, or
- The American Board of Osteopathic Neurology and Psychiatry.
- Attitude (whether or not they are actively participating in the conversation)
- General appearance
- Hygiene and grooming
- Mood and emotional expression
- Speech (tone, volume, choice of words)
- Thinking and perception
- Awareness (if they are aware of their mental status)
Interview Involving a Family Member
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
- Electroencephalogram (EEG)
- Computed tomography (CT) scan
Psychiatric Evaluation vs. Psychological Evaluation
Preparing for a Psychiatric Evaluation
- What are my symptoms? How long do they last?
- What do I do to control the symptoms?
- How do I feel, think, and behave?
- Did the symptoms appear after a major life event, such as the death of a loved one?
What Can a Psychiatric Evaluation Tell a Patient?