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COMPREHENSIVE PSYCHIATRIC EVALUATION

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COMPREHENSIVE PSYCHIATRIC EVALUATION Q&A

What does a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation include?

A comprehensive evaluation at Alpine Psychiatry frequently includes the following:

  • Description of present problems and symptoms
  • Information about health, illness, and treatment (both psychiatric and physical)
  • Parent and family health and psychiatric histories
  • Review of medications you are currently taking
  • Information about the child's development (if applicable)

When a treatable problem is identified, recommendations are provided, and a specific treatment plan is developed.

How does a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation differ for children?

Evaluation by a child psychiatric nurse practitioner is appropriate for any child with emotional or behavioral problems. Most children with serious emotional and behavioral problems need a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. Alpine Psychiatry’s child and adolescent psychiatric nurse practitioners are specifically skilled and trained in conducting comprehensive psychiatric evaluations with children, adolescents, and families. Comprehensive psychiatric evaluations for children usually require a few hours over one or more office visits for the child and parents. With the parents' permission, other significant people in the child’s life, such as relatives, family physicians, or school personnel, may be contacted for additional information. Parents are often worried about how they will be viewed during the evaluation. Child psychiatric nurse practitioners are there to support families and to be a partner, not to judge or blame. They listen to concerns and help the child, adolescent, and family define the evaluation goals. Make sure to ask any questions regarding terms you don’t understand.

Can a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation determine if I need treatment?

During your comprehensive psychiatric evaluation at Alpine Psychiatry, your provider is looking for any signs or symptoms of mental illness and mental health conditions, such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Schizophrenia
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) 

After thoroughly evaluating your physical and mental health, Alpine Psychiatry licensed practitioners determine if treatment suits your needs based on your or your child’s condition. Your provider may request laboratory studies (if needed) such as blood tests, X-rays, or special assessments like psychological, educational, speech, and language evaluations. To learn more about what’s involved in a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation, call or text  Alpine Psychiatry, or request more information online now. Telemedicine services are also available.