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What Does a Mental Health Diagnosis Consist of?



You know something is off. Your thoughts are filled with negativity. You use drugs or alcohol to cope with the pain. Your mind is your own worst enemy.

If you suspect that you are dealing with a mental health disorder but haven’t been diagnosed, you should look into a mental health assessment.

You don’t need to deal with depression or anxiety on your own. Don’t continue down the path of depression and drug abuse. We provide mental health treatment in Boca, but you cannot get the proper help you need if you do not get a mental health diagnosis.

How Is Mental Health Diagnosed?

To diagnose a mental health disorder, you need to undergo a series of tests including a mental health assessment. Our mental health facility is here to walk you through these steps.

Physical Exam

The first step to diagnose a mental health disorder will probably be a physical exam. It is not uncommon for poor mental health to stem from a physical ailment. If there are suspected underlying physical problems, this may include lab tests as well.

Personal & Mental Health History

During the physical exam itself or after a physical ailment has been ruled out, your doctor should ask you questions about your mental health history as well as if any mental illness runs in your family. This section will probably also include questions about your own personal history to unveil any possible triggers for mental health disorders like childhood trauma or major stressors.

Psychological Evaluation

At this point, your doctor may turn you over to a mental health professional. If there are any signs suggesting a mental health disorder is present, you will be asked more in-depth questions regarding your life, symptoms, habits, and behaviors.

Cognitive Thinking Assessment

While you are asked these detailed questions, the interviewer should also take note of how easily you are able to answer these questions. You may be asked to answer simple mental reasoning questions so they can assess if you are having any problems with memory, learning, or reasoning.

It is important to note that an accurate mental health diagnosis can take time and may take a series of appointments until you have an answer. If you are found to have a mental health disorder, you should seek help immediately like with our mental health care team. It is not uncommon for people suffering from a mental health disorder to become addicted to drugs and alcohol as they attempt to cope with their pain. We also offer co-occurring disorder treatment in Boca for these patients suffering from both problems.

Whether you are looking for trauma treatment, anxiety treatment, bipolar disorder treatment, or depression treatment, at Banyan Mental Health, we want to help you. With our residential mental health program in Boca, we can get you the treatment you need so that you can move past your mental health disorder.


To start your journey to better mental health and a more enjoyable life, contact our mental health treatment center today at 888-280-7463.

Alyssa
Alyssa
Alyssa is Banyan’s Director of Digital Marketing & Technology. After overcoming her own struggles with addiction, she began working in the treatment field in 2012. She graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2016 with additional education in Salesforce University programs. A part of the Banyan team since 2016, Alyssa brings over 5 years of experience in the addiction treatment field.

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