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Psychiatric Assessment - April 22nd 2010, 10:18 PM

I have been asked to undergo a psychiatric assessment, what sort of things can I expect from it? What actually happens?
   
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Re: Psychiatric Assessment - April 22nd 2010, 10:52 PM

Basically when I went through one a couple years ago (don't really remember so well), first they checked my eyesight and hearing, then they asked literacy and math questions, creative shape questions, building stuff with shapes to create a desired pattern or shape, restating sentences, recalling things from memory, and other similar stuff to check mental state. Nothing to really stress over.
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Re: Psychiatric Assessment - April 23rd 2010, 01:34 PM

Hey there Mindie. (Lovely name by the way!)

You may find this thread helpful. It's a lot of experiences that other people have had about therapy. As for my opinion... Assesments vary from doctor to doctor and country to country, but they will probably ask you questions about you feelings, what happens and about specific conditions. They will then tell you if they can help you, what the help involves etc.

Basically all you will need to do is answer questions - or perhaps fill out a small survey. The most important thing you can do is to be honest. They have seen EVERYTHING, and only want to help you. So if you make sure you answer the questions honestly, everything will be awesome!

I'm glad you have gotten help, and good luck for the assesment! Let us know how it goes

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Re: Psychiatric Assessment - April 23rd 2010, 05:33 PM

Hey there Mindie,

Well done for getting to the point where you are considering undergoing a psychiatric assessment, that's very brave of you and I hope that it turns out to be helpful to you.
If I can recall correctly, I have had 3 psychiatric assessments before and they are nothing to worry about. Psychiatric assessments are often performed in hospitals or health centres by a psychiatrist or psychologist. They usually consist of a few questions about your experiences and how you have been feeling. Sometimes, some of the questions are yes and no but many do require some elaboration. It can be difficult, but it is crucial that you are truthful in your response as that is what they need to help you, so do try your best.

Good luck and take care!
   
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