Assessment and Diagnosis

Things to Check During Assessment and Diagnosis

A comprehensive assessment would include:​
  • Input from several people, not just the person seeking treatments (for example, parents, spouse, teachers, friends)
  • Exploration into the genetic history of mental illnesses
  • Specific tests for specific mental illness. Feel free to ask your therapist what they're doing and why.
  • Watch this video explaining evidence-based assessement for more information
  • Read further on what to look for in a diagnosis
Choosing Treatments
It is important to find out what treatments have the most compelling evidence

There should be a collaborative discussion with professional(s), client, and support network in order to decide what treatment(s) to pursue. 
 

​​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 uptodate.com that identifies evidence based treatments. These are the most up to date non-subscription resources:
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Assessing treatment

It is important to assess treatments to insure they are being administered according to protocol

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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 (family members or friends) also learning skills to support change?