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Your Ultimate Guide to Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluations

Your Ultimate Guide to Comprehensive Diagnostic Evaluations

For many professionals, treatment for mental illness doesn’t occur until much later in life, when the symptoms can no longer be ignored. For many of us, the pressures we experience on a daily basis along with the demands our positions require means we have little time to effectively handle the signs of mental illness that have so desperately attempted to get our attention. If you’ve decided to seek out an evaluation, congratulations. This is the first and most crucial step of your journey to recovery, because you cannot move forward until you know what type of mental illness you’re experiencing. Once you’ve received your diagnosis, you can work with a healthcare team to identify appropriate medications, psychotherapies, and support groups to get you back on track and up to speed in your personal life, home life, social life, and career.

Comprehensive diagnostic evaluations are just that – comprehensive. With this type of testing, a psychologist, psychiatrist, or another member of the clinical team will obtain detailed information from you in several areas:

  • Developmental, medical, and family history
  • Developmental or cognitive testing to assess thinking, learning, and problem-solving skills
  • Social communication evaluation through direct assessment
  • Speech and language assessment if it’s needed
  • Additional assessments as needed for mental health issues

While this information may seem extremely personal, it’s important that your evaluator receive as much information as possible from you – ultimately, the information you provide will weigh heavily on the evaluator’s diagnosis. As emphasized by Mental Health America (MHA), nearly 44 million adults (that’s 1 in 5 total) in the United States experience mental illness, and it’s something that can certainly be treated. Recovery is possible, but it’s up to you to take that first step and speak with someone regarding obtaining a diagnosis.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) states several benefits of obtaining a diagnosis, including: 1) Gives you a foundation for working with your healthcare team on treatment options and future health risks, 2) Tells insurance companies that you have a condition that requires medical care, and 3) Allows you to qualify for any accommodations to support your recovery if needed. While comprehensive diagnostic evaluations may seem intimidating, they are needed in order for you to move forward with treatment.

If you haven’t already, speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center to learn more about diagnostic evaluations and treatment programs to best suit your needs. It’s never too late for you to begin your journey to recovery!

Created by professionals for professionals, our Professionals Treatment Program utilizes industry proven practices for fully restoring professionals back to better health. We serve multiple industries with our specifically catered programs and services, providing life changing care for addiction and co-occurring issues. Call us today to book an appointment: 855-422-4129

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