A psychiatric evaluation is a clinical interview that takes place during the initial visit to a psychiatrist. Its goal is to learn about your history, develop a psychiatric diagnoses, and develop a personalized treatment plan.
"It's the first step in getting psychiatric care and getting you or your loved one on the path to wellness."
What to expect during a Psychiatric Evaluation
During the evaluation, our providers, Alfredo Arellano & Eduardo Mariscal, will first make certain that no other physical conditions which may be causing the symptoms that prompted you to seek treatment. During a psychiatric evaluation, our providers will ask you a series of questions and explore your personal situation. This will help your provider understand why you’ve decided to come in and what symptoms you’ve been experiencing. A typical psychiatric evaluation session may last 60 to 90 minutes. However, the duration varies from person to person. Our providers will ask about many different areas of your life. Below are some common areas that they evaluate.
Common Areas of Evaluation
Types of Testing
Sometimes neuropsychological, psychological, or EEG testing may be required, depending on the symptoms you are experiencing. Your provider will schedule you for the necessary testing during your evaluation. These tests help them better diagnose any conditions, create a treatment plan, and monitor treatment response.