Your first encounter with Advantage Mental Health Center will be a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation.
The aims of a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation are:
- To identify biological, psychological and social factors that may be contributing to the patient's symptoms.
- To establish whether a mental disorder is present.
- To collaborate with the patient and to develop a treatment plan.
After the evaluation, we will have identified problems which appear to be chemical, which may require medication for treatment. For other issues, therapy is the primary focus of treatment. Most patients will have a combination of chemical, psychological and social factors.
We provide psychiatric services in a comprehensive, compassionate manner. Our patients are never rushed through an appointment with one-hour new patient psychiatric evaluations and 30-minute follow up appointments.
FAQs About Psychiatric Evaluations
What is a psychiatric evaluation?
A psychiatric evaluation is a mental health assessment that is administered by a physician to provide an overall picture of mental health. This assessment will check how you’re able to think, reason, and remember through various exercises. Throughout the evaluation, you will be encouraged to answer questions about your personal life including your relationships with friends, family, and others. This information will be used to help your doctor make decisions on your mental health needs.
How do I get a psychiatric evaluation?
Mental illness is not something to be ashamed of and if you or someone know is considering an evaluation, it is very important they receive the support they need. Individuals who feel that they are in need of a psychiatric evaluation should request one through a certified psychiatrist. Prior to the evaluation try and do as much research as possible so you know what to expect. Remember, just deciding to get tested is a big deal!
What is the purpose of psychological testing?
There are a lot of factors that go into receiving a psychological evaluation. The main purpose of these tests is to assess a variety of mental abilities and attributes including personality and neurological function. Psychological testing will help determine if an individual suffers from a clinical mental illness so that treatment can prescribed.
Do you offer court-ordered evaluations?
Yes, we can perform court-ordered psychiatric evaluations (with our psychiatrists and psychiatric ARNPs) and therapy with our certified addiction professional and licensed mental health counselor.
What types of psychiatric evaluations do you offer?
Each new patient receives a full psychiatric evaluation. The first visit typically lasts about an hour for adult patients and 1.5 hours for pediatric/adolescent patients. Follow up visits are 30 minutes. We can coordinate care with outside providers such as licensed mental health counselors or primary care physicians. We do not overbook our providers so our patients have ample time to communicate their issues and discuss a treatment plan.