Mental health evaluations assist mental health professionals in diagnosing and treating mental illness and co-occurring disorders.
According to the American Psychiatric Association, a few signs and symptoms may indicate the need for a mental health evaluation. Catching a mental health disorder early may prevent it from getting worse or stop it from happening.
Some symptoms include:
- An unusual drop in functioning at work or school and in daily activities
- Changes in sleep or appetite
-Difficulty with memory, thinking and other mental tasks
-Exaggerated beliefs about personal powers or magical thinking
-Feeling disconnected from surroundings
-Heightened sensitivity to sight, touch, sound or taste
-Loss of desire, apathy
-Paranoia or fear or others
-Withdrawal or loss of interest from activities
Nothing special is required to prepare for an evaluation. However, it is a good idea to think about the reasons for the assessment. Writing in a journal about thoughts and feelings in the days and weeks before the evaluation appointment may also help.
Some things to think about include:
- Mental health symptoms
- Troubling thoughts and behaviors
- Events that may make the symptoms worse
- How long the symptoms last
- How often the symptoms occur
- A list of your current and past medications
- A list of current a past treatment mental health and health care professionals.