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What Does a Psychiatric Assessment Consist Of?


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One of the first steps to being entered in a recovery treatment program is completing a psychiatric assessment. While this may seem daunting, it is simply an assessment to make sure that you are provided with the best form of care possible. The results are determined based on your symptoms and what you are experiencing, so it’s important that you provide honest and accurate information. In some ways, psychiatric assessments are like medical tests in that they evaluate the client’s symptoms to determine what’s causing those symptoms. The results of a psychiatric assessment help determine the treatment plan.

According to the American Psychological Association, psychiatric assessments may include many things: psychological tests, informal tests and surveys, interview information, school or medical records, medical evaluation and observational data. Only licensed clinical psychologists may administer a psychiatric test and, because there are so many types of assessments that can be given, psychologists pick and choose the assessments they feel will suit the client best.

Psych Central notes that psychiatric assessments may involve the psychiatrist asking you questions about your family history, trauma history, abuse history, substance abuse/dependence, social history, relationships, family discord, reason for seeking help, current needs, previous mental health treatment, previous and current medication use, history of suicidal thoughts, criminal history, and more. Psychological tests and assessments should not be studied for. There is nothing that you need to prepare, and the assessment is there to help the provider determine the best way they can help you.  

A psychiatric assessment is typically conducted within the first 72 hours of treatment. You do not have to already be diagnosed before you get a psychiatric assessment, but any information that you may already have about your addiction or mental illness could be beneficial for your psychiatrist to know. Some diagnoses are interpreted differently by different psychiatrists, so what you may believe you have could be something else. Once your psychiatric assessment has been completed, you will receive more information about the potential causes of your symptoms, medications you may be suggested to take, and other forms of treatment available to you.

If you are ready to take a psychiatric assessment and be entered to a reputable treatment program, call us today at 888-743-0490. Simple Recovery is a world renowned mental health and addiction recovery treatment center with health professionals that truly want you to succeed. We believe in working with you to restore your mind, body, and spirit through individualized treatment plans that suit your needs. You deserve to understand your symptoms. You deserve to have more control over your life. Call us today for a consultation.