A mental health assessment will provide an overall picture of how well you feel emotionally and how well you are able to think, reason, and remember. It will document any family history or historical information that may be relevant to your current condition; and it can help diagnose mental health conditions, developmental problems, substance abuse issues, diseases of the nervous system, and other problems.
Although a mental health assessment is the most common first-step in receiving mental health treatment, some health conditions can be hard to diagnose and may require more tests for an accurate diagnosis. Often times, what your family and friends see or think about your symptoms can help your provider properly diagnose a mental health condition. Consider having a family member or a friend come with you to your appointment. This will allow your mental health provider to get a much broader perspective into your current condition. At the conclusion of this assessment, your provider will be able to make treatment recommendations based on your individual needs.