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MENTAL HEALTH ASSESSMENT

Screening & Assessment

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A mental health assessment gives your doctor an overall picture of how well you feel emotionally and how well you are able to think, reason, and remember (cognitive functioning). Your doctor will ask you questions and examine you. You might answer some of the doctor’s questions in writing. Your doctor will pay attention to how you look and your mood, behavior, thinking, reasoning, memory, and ability to express yourself. Sometimes the assessment includes lab tests, such as blood or urine tests.

A mental health assessment is done to:

  • Find out about and check on mental health problems, such as anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, Alzheimer’s disease, and anorexia nervosa.
  • Help tell the difference between mental and physical health problems.