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Psychiatric Evaluation

Wilmington Mental Health offers outpatient psychiatric services in Wilmington, NC. The first stage of the treatment process requires completing a psychiatric evaluation or psychiatric assessment, which helps the psychiatrist gather information using a diagnostic tool and establish care.
During the assessment, questions about past medical history and use of medication are asked, in addition to any history of mental illness or mental disorders in the family. Previous psychiatric assessments, treatments, and degree of adherence to past treatments are also reviewed, and records from such care are obtained from places that hold those records. The method of assessment depends on whether the presenting problem is reported during a routine visit or a crisis.
Identifying Diagnosis

Based on the assessment, the psychiatrist can identify a diagnosis and design a treatment plan. A psychiatric evaluation aims to:
  • Confirm the diagnosis of a mental disorder that requires treatment.
  • Identify long-term issues that might arise in the future
  • Help the patient make educated decisions and in designing an initial treatment plan.
  • Rule out other physical conditions that might be causing the symptoms
  • Make changes to or adjust an existing treatment plan when a previous evaluation has already been conducted.
Treatment Planning

During the multidimensional assessment that is being completed at intake, the psychiatrist evaluates the application of available treatment resources and the most appropriate treatment course based on the patient’s goals and needs. Medication will be prescribed where there is evidence that the patient will benefit from that approach and education will be offered about the effectiveness, use, and side effects of that medication. The final product is a written document that outlines the goals, plan, and method to be followed moving forward.
What to expect?
  1. A Physical exam. A physical exam can help find if a physical illness is causing a mental illness.
  2. Lab tests. Bloodwork, urine tests, brain scan, or other tests may be ordered by the provider to rule out a physical condition.
  3. Mental health history. Questions about personal or family history, length of symptoms, and past psychiatric treatment may be asked.
  4. Personal history. Questions about lifestyle or personal history, marital status, work history, etc. may also be asked.
  5. Mental evaluation. A behavioral assessment that includes detailed questions about thought processes, feelings, behaviors, and symptoms, as well as appearance, demeanor and current mental status will be part of the evaluation.
  6. Cognitive evaluation. A test of basic tasks that assesses focus, attention, memory, mental reasoning, and other mental abilities.
  7. Activities of daily life. Questions about your ability to do daily responsibilities, like caring for yourself or going to work.
  8. Diagnosis. A thorough evaluation of the nature of the illness, as well as its signs, symptoms will result in the identification of a diagnosis.
Most patients return within two to four weeks if treatment with medication was initiated or altered. Following the intake assessment, a follow-up appointment will be schedule. Follow-up appointments are typically twenty minutes in duration.
Concerned About Someone You Know?
You can always start a conversation about mental health to make them aware that mental illness can be treated and that professionals can offer support and assistance. Although making them seek treatment may not work, you can make them aware of your concerns.
During emergency situations, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 (800-273-TALK) or 911 immediately.
Thu – Fri from 9:00am to 8:00 pm
$250 (out-of-pocket)
Typically, 60 to 90 minutes
Consultation • Education • Discussion • Collaboration • Assessment • Treatment • Monitoring • Management • Follow-Up
Addiction Treatment Facility

Wilmington Mental Health provides in-person drug or alcohol addiction treatment and complies with LegitScript’s certification standards, which helps ensure transparency and compliance with applicable laws and regulations. Our outpatient substance abuse program is suitable for people with jobs or extensive social supports, is low-intensity, and offers more than just drug education or relapse prevention. Our program is comparable to residential programs in services and effectiveness and adapts to your individual characteristics and needs.