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Mental Health Screening

posted on 11/4/21

Most mental health screenings are simple

Mental health screenings use a combination of communication, interviews and standardized tools to properly identify the brain health issues affecting an individual and to figure out the best level of care. The providers our regions work with are well-versed in all brain health struggles and know how to make individuals feel comfortable and at ease throughout the screening process. While assessments may require a physical examination or certain labs, much of the assessment is a simple conversation with the practitioner, who asks you a mix of questions, either verbally or via a written form, about your background and brain health. These questions are meant to evaluate an individual’s emotional, behavioral, cognitive and physical information as part of a holistic approach to care. Some standard questions they might ask that individuals can be prepared to answer include:

  • What are your symptoms?
  • How long have you had the symptoms?
  • How long do your symptoms typically last?
  • Is there an activity that seems to exacerbate the symptoms?
  • What types of things trouble you the most? Specific thoughts, behaviors, actions?
  • What types of medication are you currently taking?
  • Is there a history of brain health issues in your family?