Psychiatric Evaluation in Northern New Jersey
A psychiatric evaluation doesn’t have to be stressful when it is performed by a compassionate professional. Patients in Totowa, Little Falls Township, Woodland Park and the surrounding areas in New Jersey can seek help by visiting Psycho-Educational Associates.
Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Evaluation
Many children suffer from emotional or behavioral problems and require treatment to help them regain a sense of stability. A comprehensive and professional evaluation performed by a child or adolescent psychiatrist is needed to begin a course of treatment. Such an evaluation may require several hours over the course of multiple office visits. Additional information such as school or medical records may be requested with the written permission of the child’s parents or guardians.
What to Expect During a Psychiatric Evaluation
It is normal for you and your child to feel unsure before attending such an important and personal appointment, but knowing the standard routine beforehand can help lessen any anxiety. During a psychiatric evaluation, you may expect a discussion of:
- Current and past problems
- Individual health history and current medications
- Parent and family healthy history, including mental health
- Your child’s developmental history
- Social and academic history
- Family relationships
A psychiatric evaluation may also include an interview with the parents or lab tests and other special assessments. After the assessment, the psychiatrist will develop a diagnosis. He or she will explain the meaning of the diagnosis and how it relates to the factors that were assessed.
Parental Concerns about Psychiatric Evaluation
As a parent, you will undoubtedly have many questions about your child’s psychiatric diagnosis and the related therapies and treatments. Some of the most common questions parents ask include:
- Is my child normal and able to cope with daily life?
- Did I somehow cause my child’s psychiatric or behavioral issues?
- Am I overly concerned?
- Will the psychiatrist be able to help me and my child?
- What are the long-term effects of my child’s diagnosis?
- What other tests may be necessary?
- Does my child need treatment?
- What is the best treatment for my child?
- How long is the course of treatment, and how much will it cost?
- How can the family help?
- Does the family need treatment?
It is normal as a parent to fear being judged as the cause of your child’s issues. Remember, child psychiatrists are there to support and help you, your child and your family and are not judging or blaming you. A professional will help you understand, evaluate and treat your child so you all may live a happier life.
If your child is suffering emotional distress, a psychiatric evaluation could be in order. Here at Psycho-Educational Associates, we have experienced, caring professionals standing by ready to provide you with psychiatric evaluations and a variety of other services. Contact us today to schedule your appointment!