Month: November 2018

The Purpose Of A Mental Health Assessment

Published / by Darlene Anaya

Getting a mental impairment assessment gives your physician an overlook how you are thinking, reasoning, remembering and feeling. A series of questions are asked to mentally assess the emotional situation of a person and that assessment, sometimes, also includes a physical examination too.

The occupational psychiatrist makes it the top priority to determine that if you are or not at the risk of getting yourself hurt. All mental health examinations are done according to the age and a couple of other conditions that the patient is going through. These multiple assessments are designed to diagnose some well-known illnesses such as depression, anxiety and some eating disorders. This assessment will provide the difference between the physical and mental problems relating to the patient’s health. Many individuals are referred to these assessments because of the problems they have at home or work. Children and teenagers are also diagnosed because of the situations they were involved at the school. mental-help

Before going for the assessment, one should always make sure that they have observed their symptoms the right way. The behaviors he or she is observing in the past couple of days. Sometimes, a major loss in life paves way for these mental problems such as the death of a loved one. Keeping a handwritten log book will help the patient to describe the symptoms to the physician more easily. Many parents ask their teachers to help them in noting down the symptoms they are observing in their children

One should always keep in mind that the medicines they are taking can have little effect on their mental health as well. Some drugs often affect the way a person is thinking as they can usually lower down or increase the blood pressure or the heart rhythm. That way, the person minds tends to incline towards more critical instead of appreciating side.

The impairment assessment includes a couple of questions (probably a written questionnaire) and often a forensic psychiatrist examination. The occupational psychiatrist in Melbourne will be noting down your overall behavior during the examination. He or she will be looking at the way you speak, the way your mood is changing and how you are perceiving different views of his or her own. Sometimes, or most of the time, these behavioral methods give clues to the examiner and helps them take a more inclined and quick approach to the treatment. This subtle method is not noticeable by the patient so he or she doesn’t need to worry about it.

The occupational psychiatrist will be asking questions to the patient about their history of the work, their social circle and their current family situation. The patient should always be willing to provide the examiner with all the necessary details of his or her past traumatic experiences, as in most of the cases, they affect mind, the most.

The process will end with the examiner giving conclusions about the impairment. It can vary from patient to patient. A majority of the times, physical examination doesn’t yield any harmful results and the patient is good to go. The examiner will then forward the results to other physicians if needed.