When there are concerns about a person’s mental health, a psychiatric evaluation may be needed for diagnosis and treatment. A psychiatric evaluation is performed by a mental health professional to determine if a patient has a mental health disorder or other conditions affecting their behavior or thought processes. At FEM Women’s Wellness, we offer psychiatric evaluations for women at our clinic in the Reno, Carson City and Lake Tahoe, NV, area.
There are various reasons psychiatric evaluations are performed. General consultations are used to determine if a person may have a mental health disorder or to evaluate their general mental health. The psychiatrist or therapist gathers information about the patient, including medical and family history, as well as asking the patient questions about their mental health. In addition, lab testing is usually performed to check certain factors that can impact mental health. Ruling out biological disorders and conditions is part of the diagnostic process.
Who Needs a Psychiatric Evaluation?
Anyone who is concerned about their mental health can benefit from a psychiatric evaluation. This is a thorough diagnostic process that looks at both the physical and mental aspects that impact behavior, thought processes and mood. A general or clinical psychiatric evaluation may be requested by the patient, or a family member may request an evaluation for a loved one that is unable to ask for themselves.
Not all psychiatric evaluations are to diagnose a condition. There are many careers and industries that require a mental health evaluation before someone can be hired or receive certain licenses. This evaluation is used as part of the screening process to ensure that a person is mentally able to perform the duties of the position. Like diagnostic psychiatric evaluations, these screenings will include an interview to discuss mental health with the individual, as well as examining medical history and blood work results.
If you or a loved one needs a psychiatric evaluation for any reason, you can trust our mental health team at FEM Women’s Wellness. We offer psychiatric evaluations for women at our facility. Contact our office in the Lake Tahoe, Carson City and Reno area to schedule an appointment for your evaluation.