ADULT PSYCHIATRIC EVALUATIONS
Evaluation by a psychiatric nurse practitioner is appropriate for anyone with emotional or behavioral health needs. Most people with emotional and behavioral health needs will benefit from a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation.
Psychiatric evaluations usually require a 60-minute session with the client. With the client’s permission other significant people (such as the family physician or other specialists) may be contacted for additional information.
The evaluation typically includes the following:
- Details about pertinent problems and symptoms
- An interview with the client
- An interview with the client’s guardian if indicated
- The client’s health history including prior (or current) medical and psychiatric illnesses, treatments, and medications
- Biological family psychiatric and medical history
- The clients developmental history
- Information about work or school and friends
- A description of family relationships and home life
- If necessary, the client could be referred for laboratory tests or additional, more specific testing
The psychiatric nurse practitioner will make time to answer the client’s questions and address all concerns. Clients often come to such evaluations with many concerns, including:
- Is something wrong with me?
- Could this be my fault?
- Am I worrying about nothing?
- Is there a cure?
- What is my future going to look like?
- Do I need additional assessment and/or testing (medical, psychological etc.)?
- What is your plan for me? What do can I do to help?
- Are there any community resources around me that could help?
- How much will treatment cost?
Sometimes, clients worry about how they will be viewed during these assessments. However, our nurse practitioners strive to support clients and meet them where they are. We are here to be partners, not to judge or place blame. We will listen to concerns, and help develop realistic goals. Although we do our best to relay information to clients in a way that is easily understood, we always encourage our clients to ask questions if they do not understand something.
After the nurse practitioner has identified the issue, she will offer recommendations to the client and prescribe medications if indicated or make referrals to other providers. Our nurse practitioners are specifically trained and skilled in conducting psychiatric evaluations for individuals with mental health needs.