A psychiatric evaluation consists of an interview to obtain information about emotional or behavioral symptoms as well as medical, psychiatric, and social history.
In some cases, family members are also interviewed to help with understanding the patient’s symptoms and history. This is followed by a mental status examination where questions are asked about other important symptoms with screening tests of thinking and memory.
If applicable, a diagnosis is determined, and a treatment plan is proposed. The diagnosis and treatment plan is discussed with the patient. The psychiatrist may prescribe a medication to help alleviate emotional or behavioral symptoms if the patient agrees.