The Importance of Utilizing Mental Health Assessments Before Treatment

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The Importance of Utilizing Mental Health Assessments

According to statistics gathered by the National Institute of Mental Health, one in five adults in the US, or 52.9 million), are living with a mental illness. Many of these individuals will seek assistance with managing the symptoms of their mental health issues through treatment services like individualized therapy, group therapy, and psychiatric medications. But, care should look different from person to person in order to address specific needs and expectations for treatment. Individualized treatment allows people to find what really works for them in order to maintain mental well-being. However, part of this is an accurate diagnosis performed through mental health assessments along with treatment planning throughout the treatment process. Without correct diagnosis and treatment planning that starts with a mental health assessment, individuals are less likely to complete treatment, reach treatment goals, and obtain lasting healing.

At Synchrony Brain Health, we provide each patient who walks through our door with a user-friendly mental health assessment report as well as recommendations for treatment services. This way, individuals who need help for mental health issues can understand why they are experiencing symptoms as well as the best path for treatment in order to reach their goals for care.

What is a Mental Health Assessment/Report?

A mental health assessment is a tool that helps both mental health providers and individuals seeking treatment for mental health issues to identify specific diagnoses as well as effective treatment planning. During mental health assessments, mental health professionals such as psychiatrists and physicians will work together with patients to gather the information that’s related to a person’s history. This can include asking questions about mental health symptoms, medical background, the severity of symptoms, utilized coping methods, etc. All of this information can be used and compared to information about specific mental health diagnostic material (DSM-5) in order to provide an accurate diagnosis. After a diagnosis is complete, individuals can then start working with their team of mental health specialists to set goals for treatment by developing a treatment plan which includes suggested treatments, therapies, and supportive services.

What to Expect From a Mental Health Report From Synchrony

During a mental health assessment, there are a few things you can expect to occur. First and foremost, you can expect to be questioned about a number of things by your team of mental health specialists. Some of the things you may be asked about include:

  • medications you may be taken or have used in the past
  • your personal background
  • family background and history of family illness
  • any diagnostic tools you may have used in the past
  • mental health symptoms you’ve experienced

Along with answering questions, you can expect to undergo some other diagnostic testing. This can include psychiatric evaluations, physical examinations, imaging (qEEG), pharmacogenomic testing, urine tests, etc. All of these questions and diagnostic tools are geared toward finding the specific mental health diagnosis you may be living with. This way, accurate and effective treatment can be considered in order for you to have the best chance of treatment success.

Mental Health Assessments at Synchrony BH

Are you ready to find out what mental health issues you may be facing? A mental health assessment and report may be beneficial for you to understand which types of treatments available may be best for you. Synchrony BH offers complete and comprehensive diagnostic tools, testing, and assessments for all of the patients that reach out to us for help with mental health issues.