A psychiatric evaluation consists of an interview to obtain a patient’s past and current psychiatric, social and medical history.
In some cases, family members are also interviewed to help with understanding the patient’s symptoms and history. This is followed by a mental status examination where questions are asked about other important symptoms with screening tests of thinking and memory.
At this time, a diagnosis is determined, and a treatment plan is proposed. The diagnosis and treatment plan is discussed with the patient. If the treatment plan is agreed upon the psychiatrist/ARNP may prescribe a medication to help alleviate emotional or behavioral symptoms.