Facts About Mental Health Assessments & Evaluations

In order for addiction treatment and recovery to begin, patients will need to undergo a mental health assessment, which clinicians use to screen for mental health issues existing alongside a substance abuse disorder. Mental health evaluations are performed so that a treatment plan can take into account mental illness for a higher chance at recovery. Although many patients may feel nervous before and during an assessment, the results are completely confidential and solely used to create a plan right for them. Because there is no one, true method used to determine whether a patient is suffering from a mental illness, each mental health evaluation and assessment is extensive and tailored to meet the individual’s needs. Admitting you need help can be intimidating and evoke feelings of shame or embarrassment. We want you to feel comfortable at our drug and alcohol treatment center and encourage you to read on to better understand the mental health assessment process.

Purpose Of A Mental Health Assessment

The primary goal of a mental health assessment is to screen patients for various mental illnesses before crafting a treatment plan, including depression, anxiety, dementia, schizophrenia, eating disorders, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. Mental illness is a disease just like a physical ailment and deserves the same standard of care, as mental illnesses affect a patient during everyday activities. Addiction often occurs in the presence of mental illness, so it’s very important to fully understand the link between the two disorders.

With the help of certified substance abuse professionals at Lake Substance Abuse Solutions, personalized treatment is well within reach.

Why Do I Need A Mental Health Assessment?

A mental health assessment gives clinicians a fuller picture of a patient’s physical and mental medical history. Not only does it test for mental illness, but it checks a patient who has already been referred for mental health treatment. Other reasons for mental health evaluations include helping a patient distinguish between mental and physical health problems, and evaluating the mental health of a patient recently released from the hospital.

The information collected during this assessment is completely confidential and solely used to create a custom treatment program to focus on recovery during a patient’s stay at Lake Substance Abuse Solutions.

Mental Health Assessment Components

There are a handful of tests clinicians perform during a mental health assessment and before admission into Lake Substance Abuse Solutions, all of which build a better picture of a patient’s full health status and aid in perfecting a patient’s treatment options.

Physical Exams

Sometimes physical illnesses cause symptoms mirroring a mental illness, and a physical exam can provide a true diagnosis. For example, a thyroid disorder or neurological problem often has symptoms mimicking a mental illness. It’s also essential during the exam to be upfront with the clinician about medications or supplements you take.

Cognitive Evaluation

This final portion of the assessment puts the brain to use. A clinician will evaluate a patient’s ability to think clearly, recall information and use logical reasoning. Small tasks will gauge their ability to focus attention, remember small amounts of information, recognize objects or shapes, or solve basic math problems.

Lab Tests

Standard of any assessment, a clinician will order the typical lab tests required, including blood work, a urine test, a brain scan, and other necessary tests to rule out a physical condition. You may also be asked about drug or alcohol use, and a substance abuse assessment will be ordered if necessary.

Personal History

During the assessment, the clinician will ask questions about a patient’s lifestyle and personal history such as if they’re married, what their job is, military career, arrest record, upbringing, and if there has been recent trauma or stressors in the patient’s life.

Mental Evaluation

This is where the assessment begins to get more personal; the clinician will ask questions about a patient’s thoughts, feelings, and habitual behaviors. They’ll also ask how the patient’s symptoms affect their daily lives and activities in more detail. Additionally, clinicians will ask what makes those symptoms better or worse and how the patient has attempted to manage them. Additionally, a clinician will examine a patient’s body language — how they move, if they make eye contact, how often they talk, etc.

Mental Health History

A clinician will ask questions regarding how long your symptoms have been occurring, family and medical history of mental illness, and whether you’ve received psychiatric treatment in the past.

Who Administers A Mental Health Assessment?

Dr. Shelton and the team at Lake Substance Abuse Solutions are trained mental health professionals, qualified to properly administer a mental health assessment. All results of these assessments are private and are used only to create tailored treatment plans geared toward rehabilitation and recovery.

MAT & Suboxone Treatments

A comprehensive mental health assessment is conducted to ensure the best treatment possible and gives the clinician a complete picture of a patient’s emotional state. The thorough medical, personal and mental history gathered during the assessment helps professionals design a treatment plan to determine the ideal environment for recovery. If you are suffering from a mental illness, contact Lake Substance Abuse Solutions, a drug rehabilitation center with locations in Jeffersonville, IN, and Franklin, KY. With specialized treatments for every individual, our objective is to jumpstart your recovery and get your life back on track. Contact us today to schedule a mental health assessment.