Screening and Diagnosis
With proper screening and diagnosis, many common mental health conditions are treatable. With appropriate intervention, recovery is a possibility.
Mental health screenings provide for a timely diagnosis and medical intervention for a range of conditions – from anxiety and depression to schizophrenia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and bipolar disorder. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, while about three-fourths of chronic mental health conditions start by age 24, it can take eight to 10 years for most people to seek treatment after the onset of symptoms. However, research shows early interventions translate into better outcomes, including reductions in long-term issues.
Using a confidential mental health assessment, a psychiatrist, psychologist or licensed clinical social worker is able to create a comprehensive image of your emotional state. During a screening, you will answer screening questions, and you may receive an examination or take laboratory tests. With a proper diagnosis, an individualized inpatient or outpatient treatment plan can be developed.