Mental Health Warning Signs
It is easy to think of mental health as separate from physical health, but the brain is part of the body. Mental health is just as important as physical health and may be the cause of many physical symptoms. Many people suffer with ongoing symptoms and conditions that need attention. As with most medical conditions, early diagnosis usually leads to better outcomes. Ignoring mental health symptoms can result in a mental health crisis or sadly the loss of life through suicide.
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Screenings, Assessments & Evaluations
Mental health determination tools are used throughout the therapeutic process to determine whether someone could benefit from seeking professional mental health treatment, describe and diagnose problems, increase knowledge, insight and understanding. These tools aid both the patient and professional in creating or modifying treatment plans and measuring progress during the treatment.
Mental Health Screenings are informal symptom checks. Typically checklists or short questionnaires that ask people to consider their symptoms and answer yes or no, they experience a given symptom. Screenings do not diagnose mental disorders. Screening tools are sometimes available in places such as community health centers, clinics, and the offices of mental health providers or screening apps are available for smartphones, and online psychological tests allow people to complete screenings on their own computer. If your results indicate you may be experiencing symptoms of a mental illness, contact a mental health provider, such as a counselor, therapist or social worker, who can give you an assessment and talk to you about options for how to feel better.
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Behavioral Health Assessments can be informal or formal, and give a professional insight into your emotional state. It also looks at how you think, reason and remember. A mental health assessment may be done by your primary care doctor, counselor, therapist or social worker. Some mental health conditions are hard to diagnose, following an assessment you may be referred to a mental health specialist such as a psychiatrist or psychologist. These specialists will preform a mental health evaluation to more accurately identify your condition.
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Mental Health Evaluations are intended to offer increased awareness of why an individual may be struggling to meet developmental, academic, or social milestones. The process often helps to solidify appropriate clinical diagnoses, but more importantly, works to identify which interventional or support services are recommended in order for individuals to perform at their best across multiple settings.
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