Diagnosis – Psychiatric evaluation

Before establishing an effective treatment plan it is important to first begin with a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. Mental health conditions can be complex and involve many factors which interact to effect feelings, mood, thoughts, and behavior. Many of these biological, psychological, and social variables can have significant influences on life experiences, relationships, work and sense of self. It is imperative to consider all aspects of a person’s past history and current circumstances when determining the optimal treatment approach. A thorough evaluation produces clinical information that can be utilized to form an accurate diagnosis. If needed laboratory tests, imaging studies, or psychological testing can be incorporated as part of the evaluation process. Often times, mental health disorders co-exist and need to be diagnosed and treated in an independent but coordinated manner. This is especially true when addressing past “treatment failures”. With the development of an effective treatment plan, optimal clinical strategies can be implemented which can lead to the reduction of distressing symptoms and promote restored health and well-being.