Mental Health Assessment

A mental health assessment may be done by your primary care doctor, psychiatrist psychologist, or social worker.  The assessment gives your provider a complete picture of your emotional state.  It also looks at how well you are able to think, reason, and remember (cognitive functioning).  Your provider will ask you questions.  You may have to answer some of the questions in writing.  The provider will take note of how you look as well as your mood, behavior, thinking, reasoning, and memory, and how well you can express yourself.


A mental health assessment for a child is geared to the child's age and stage of development.


 A mental health assessment is done to:

  • Find out about mental health problems.  This can include anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, dementia, and anorexia nervosa.

  • Help tell the difference between mental and physical health problems.

  • Check a person who has been referred for mental health treatment.  This might be done for problems at school, work, or home.

  • Check the mental health of a person who has been in the hospital or arrested for a crime, such as drunk driving or physical abuse.