Things to Check During Assessment and Diagnosis

A comprehensive assessment, which would, if possible, include:

  • Input from several people, not just the person seeking treatments (for example, parents, spouse, teachers, friends)
  • A family history of mental illnesses
  • Watch this video explaining evidence-based assessement  for more information
A decided upon diagnosis, if possible

An explanation of the evidence-based treatments for the diagnosis

  • For adults here is a list of evidence based treatments for different mental illnesses
  • For children finding a list of evidence based treatments is harder. There is a professional subscription site called that identifies evidence based treatments. These four non-subscription resources are the most up to date and reliable that we have found:
A collaborative discussion with professional(s), client, and support network in order to decide what treatment(s) to try first
Treatments given according to protocol
Assessment of the treatment every couple months; questions that should be asked include:

  • Is the treatment working?
  • Are there observable changes?
  • Are skills being taught and used?
  • Is the network of support also learning skills to support change?