Psychiatric Evaluation

What should you expect during a psychiatric evaluation?

A psychiatric evaluation is defined as a systematic evaluation of the causes, the symptoms, the course, and the consequences of a psychiatric disorder in order to formulate a diagnosis and a treatment plan as well as answer any questions the patient or referring specialist may have. During a psychiatric evaluation, your doctor will sit down and talk with you about your symptoms, concerns, and overall health. The doctor will look at your medical history as well as any cognitive testing that may have been done. Your doctor and you will then come up with a treatment plan that best fits your needs. This may include medication as well as referrals for other treatment, therapy, or testing based on your individualized needs and concerns. 

Here are some signs that a psychiatric evaluation can help you or your loved one:

  • Confused thinking, delusions, or hallucinations
  • Persistent feelings of depression, sadness, irritability, or hopelessness
  • Extreme highs or lows in mood
  • Excessive fears, worries, or anxieties
  • Withdrawal from socializing
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Unexplained weight gain or loss
  • Strong feelings of anger or guilt
  • Trouble completing daily tasks, work, or school assignments
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Misusing drugs or alcohol

An evaluation with your psychiatrist can help determine what medication, therapy modalities, or specialized resources might be helpful for you or your loved one.