Psychiatric Evaluation

Family Healthcare of Atlanta PC

Family Medicine & Aesthetics located in Atlanta, GA

More than 1 in 5 adults experience some form of mental illness in a given year. If you or a loved one are experiencing a mental health challenge, perhaps it’s time for an expert diagnosis. Board-certified family doctor Mark Tanner, MD, leads Family Healthcare of Atlanta PC in Atlanta, Georgia, and offers psychiatric evaluations for depression, bipolar disorder, and other conditions. To learn more, call the office today or schedule your evaluation online.

Psychiatric Evaluation

What is a psychiatric evaluation?

A psychiatric evaluation is a comprehensive assessment used to diagnose mental health conditions, including depression and bipolar disorder. The evaluation focuses on current and past behaviors while taking into account the many factors that play a role in mental wellness. 

These factors include:

  • Physical health
  • The environment
  • Family history
  • Social skills
  • Cognition (thinking)
  • Emotions
  • Educational setting

Family Healthcare of Atlanta PC offers psychiatric evaluations for adults of all ages.

What mental health issues does a psychiatric evaluation assess?

Evaluations at Family Healthcare of Atlanta PC cover most common forms of mental illness, although not psychosis. You can rely on them to evaluate:

  • Bipolar and related disorders
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorders
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Eating disorders
  • Insomnia

This is by no means an exhaustive list. Family Healthcare of Atlanta PC also may suggest a psychiatric evaluation in cases involving substance use disorders or impulse-control issues.

What is included in a psychiatric evaluation?

Although the team at Family Healthcare of Atlanta PC tailors the evaluation to an individual and their circumstances, the evaluation often begins with questions about the troubling behaviors. 

Your practitioner may pose these questions to the patient or their loved ones, depending on the circumstances:

  • When do the behaviors occur?
  • How long do the behaviors last?
  • What triggers the behaviors?

Your practitioner will ask for a description of both physical and psychiatric symptoms. Other components of the psychiatric evaluation include:

  • Psychiatric interview
  • Complete medical history
  • Family history of mental health issues

In some cases, if your practitioner suspects the presence of an underlying health condition, they recommend lab tests and additional assessments. 

Once they’ve diagnosed the mental health condition, they suggest an appropriate treatment plan to improve your mental health and well-being.

How is mental illness treated?

Because mental illnesses come in a variety of forms, the team at Family Healthcare of Atlanta PC personalizes the treatment plan to the individual, their diagnosis, and the severity of the condition. In many cases, a blend of treatments proves most effective.

With a mild mental illness, your practitioner at Family Healthcare of Atlanta PC recommends medications to manage the symptoms. With more severe cases, they take a team approach, by connecting the individual with psychiatric care or other services.

If you or a loved one need a psychiatric evaluation, rely on the team at Family Healthcare of Atlanta PC for a patient-centered approach. Call today or book an evaluation online.