Mental health Status Assessment

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A mental health assessment for a child is geared to the child's age and stage of development.

Why It Is Done

A mental health assessment is done to:

  • Find out about and check on problems, such as, , , , and .
  • Help tell the difference between mental and physical health problems.
  • Evaluate a person who has been referred for mental health treatment because of problems at school, work, or home. For example, a mental health assessment may be used to find out if a child has or behavior disorders such as, (CD), or.
  • Check the mental health of a person who has been hospitalized or arrested for a crime, such as drunken driving or physical abuse.

How To Prepare

If you are having a mental health assessment because you have specific symptoms, you may be asked to keep a diary or journal for a few days before your appointment. For some assessments, you may be asked to bring a family member or friend with you, someone who can describe your symptoms from their view.

If your child is being checked for behavior problems, you may be asked to keep a diary or journal of how he or she acts for a couple of days. Your child's teacher may need to answer questions about how your child acts at school.

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