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Evaluating Mental Illness

Before any type of treatment can begin, we must thoroughly evaluate our patient’s symptoms and issues. This first step is critical in helping to pinpoint the illness or reasoning behind the patient’s issues, so they can be properly cared for. Diagnostic evaluations usually involve a physical examination, psychological evaluation and, in some cases, laboratory testing.

A physical examination is typically performed by the patient’s primary care provider in order to rule out any physical ailments that may be causing the symptoms. If no physical illness or injury is found, the doctor may then perform lab testing to check internal vitals, such as thyroid function and blood testing. If no internal ailments are found, the patient will most likely be referred for a mental health evaluation. This would involve a psychological examination, in which the patient discusses his or her thoughts, symptoms, feelings and behavior patterns with a mental health provider in order to get a better idea of the issue. The patient may be asked to fill out a questionnaire to help answer these questions as well.

At NWPWC, our mental health professionals use assessment tools for psychological evaluation. This way, we can formulate an accurate diagnosis based on the patient’s symptoms, as well as any social or functional problems the patient may be experiencing. Once an accurate diagnosis is reached, we then discuss the diagnosis with the patient, answer any questions they may have, and work together to design a strategic wellness plan moving forward.

Curious to learn more? Contact us for more information today.

Northwest Psychiatry & Wellness Center, 4700 42nd Ave SW Ste. 430, Seattle, WA 98116
Ph: (206) 933-0699, Fax: (206) 932-6045
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