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What to Expect From a Comprehensive Psychiatric Evaluation

Mar 14, 2023
What to Expect From a Comprehensive Psychiatric Evaluation
When not managed, mental health conditions, like depression or anxiety interfere with your ability to engage fully in life. An accurate diagnosis with a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation is the first step. Keep reading to learn what to expect.

When not managed, mental health conditions, like depression, anxiety, or PTSD interfere with your ability to engage fully in life. You may have trouble enjoying the things you used to find pleasure in. You may struggle to get through your work day. Untreated mental illness can even affect your overall health. 

At Peace, Hope & Harmony, Inc. in Midlothian, Texas, we understand it’s not easy to know exactly what’s causing your distress or what you should do to improve your mental health. That’s why our compassionate practitioners offer comprehensive psychiatric evaluations.

A psychiatric evaluation allows your provider to diagnose your condition and better create a personalized treatment plan so you can reclaim your quality of life.

Our team knows it can be intimidating to come in for a complete psychiatric workup, so to help put you at ease, we’ve created this guide. Keep reading to learn what you can expect from a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation.  

Review of medical history 

Sometimes a health problem can trigger symptoms that affect your mental health, such as the way thyroid disease can trigger anxiety or depression. Since your mind and body are connected, our team reviews your medical history to ensure a physical issue isn’t the underlying cause of your symptoms.  

In some cases, your provider may recommend getting certain lab tests completed if they haven’t already been done, such as a blood test to check for anemia, which can lead to depression-like symptoms in some. 

Review of mental health history 

Besides going over your medical health history, your Peace, Hope & Harmony, Inc., provider talks to you about your personal mental health history, as well as any family history of mental health concerns. Your provider also asks you about any past or current mental health medications or supplements you take.

Evaluation of your symptoms

Your provider goes over your present symptoms. They may ask you for detailed examples as well as how often they occur. You can help get the most out of your evaluation by spending some time before your appointment going over and even writing down what you’ve been experiencing.   

Discussion about your personal life

Your lifestyle and personal life can greatly impact your mental health. For this reason, your Peace, Hope & Harmony, Inc., provider asks you many questions about your life and tries to get to know you during this evaluation.

This helps our team accurately diagnose your condition and create the best possible solution for your needs. While everyone’s evaluation is personalized to them, some general questions we might discuss include:


  • Sleep routine/habits
  • Relationship issues
  • Occupation
  • Sources of stress
  • Your upbringing
  • Traumatic experiences
  • Current/past substance use
  • Cultural background
  • Religious background/beliefs

By exploring and better understanding the factors that may affect your mental health, we can create the best treatment plan for you.  

Personalized mental health treatment 

With a diagnosis in hand, you and your Peace, Hope & Harmony, Inc., provider work as a team to establish a personalized treatment plan for you. Depending on your diagnosis and personal needs, this may include:

  • Lifestyle changes
  • Medications
  • Psychotherapy   

Regardless of your condition, our specialized team can create the right treatment plan for you. Our team discusses your diagnosis and answers any questions you have, and we might talk about what you can expect as you start treatment in the weeks and months to follow.  

To schedule an evaluation at Peace, Hope & Harmony, Inc., in Midlothian, Texas, call or book your visit online. You can also request a telehealth appointment.