A mental health evaluation is a sort of interview between the patient and their doctor. The mental health professional will more than likely run the patient through a series of questions that will help determine what the patient’s mental health treatment plan should focus on. The doctor may or may not recommend prescription medication.
A mental health evaluation gives a telehealth doctor a good view of how a person thinks, feels, and remembers situations in their life. Using a series of questions, a doctor can diagnose several mental health issues. This makes telehealth a perfect replacement for in-office testing and evaluation of mental health.
Some mental illness symptoms include:
● Anxiety issues
● Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
● Bipolar disorder
● Depression and mood issues
● Eating disorders and issues
● Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
● Schizophrenia and psychotic illnesses
● Substance abuse and addictive illnesses
Mental health evaluations are also helpful ways to diagnose substance abuse issues and help patients find a treatment plan that will assist with their sobriety.Symptoms of Mental Health Issues
Catching mental health issues early helps prevent them from worsening and can even stop mental health symptoms from happening altogether.
Some mental illness symptoms include:
● Unusual behavior.
● Drop-in performance at school or work.
● Changes in your sleep routine or eating habits.
● Magical thinking.
● Difficulty remembering or completing simple mental tasks.
● Increased sensitivity to taste, light, sound, and touch.
● Decrease in desire or happiness in activities they used to enjoy.
● Reduced empathy.
● Extreme mood changes.
● Newly surfacing paranoia or fears.
● Withdrawal from friends and loved ones.
● Lack of interest in usual activities.Online Mental Health Issues Evaluation Checklist
There are no special steps to prepare you for an online mental health evaluation. However, it is good to assess the reasons you are setting up this evaluation.
Even if it is difficult, writing down your mental health needs in your mood journal that includes your feelings and thoughts leading up to the evaluation can also help you feel more prepared to speak to a doctor about your needs and feel more relaxed in doing so.
What questions should you have on your checklist?
● What symptoms do you have that pertain to your specific mental health issues?
● What are your troubling behaviors and thoughts?
● Are there specific lengths of times that your symptoms last?
● What triggers make your symptoms worse?
● How often do your symptoms occur?
When heading into your online evaluation, it is essential to have a clear idea of your therapy and treatment’s expectations and overall goals.Build Trust from the Start
Being prepared to be forthcoming about any substance abuse issues you’ve had in the past is a must. This step can be challenging, but writing down a list of all prescription and illegal drugs and substances you have abused in the past will keep you accountable. Remember, your sessions are in confidence.
You don’t have to attend an evaluation unsupported. Talk to a friend or family member before participating in your online evaluation. You can even ask them to sit with you in the same room.
After the mental health evaluation, it is common for the doctor to review the evaluation and a treatment plan with you. Building a specialized treatment plan for your mental health issues can include medication. Your doctor will prescribe your medication from our approved list of medicines that we offer in these cases.
In conclusion, a mental health evaluation is the first step in your online journey towards your mental health care. A doctor can easily evaluate your needs and formulate an effective plan to help you succeed in your mental health goals.
Be prepared and be truthful. These evaluations can help you see real and lasting results that help free you from the chains of mental issues.