What is a Comprehensive Psychiatric Assessment?
A comprehensive psychiatric assessment could best be described as a full physical that goes beyond just the condition of your body and includes all of the factors that can impact your mental health. Just a few of the areas that will be looked at during the assessment will be genetic, physical, environmental, social, emotional, cognitive (thinking) and education. In simplest terms, a comprehensive psychiatric assessment attempts to identify any current mental or emotional health issues and their underlying causes. It will also highlight any risk factors that could contribute to the development of problems in the future.
Who may need a Comprehensive Psychiatric Assessment?
A Comprehensive Psychiatric Assessment is most often performed on children or during adolescents but can very often be advised for someone much later in their life. While some may seek help out of concern for themselves, in the majority of cases, a parent, spouse, co-worker or other close relation will be the first to notice that someone is developing mental, emotional, or behavioral problems and ask them to seek help. If you have been asked by a loved one or have noticed possible issues in someone you care about, an assessment must be performed sooner rather than later. Mental, emotional, and behavioral problems generally don’t go away on their own. They grow worse with time and early corrective measures greatly improve the prospects of a full recovery. That’s why you need medication management and psychiatric assessment.