When you think of mental health disorders, what comes to mind? If a slew of negative connotations and thoughts flooded your mind, that’s okay. As a country, we have created a stigma associated with the term “mental health disorder” and because of that, people who may need professional help shy away from contacting someone to assist them.
If you or someone you know is showing signs of depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or another mental disorder, we have provided three ways for you to take a step towards receiving a mental health assessment.
1. Take a Mental Health Screening Quiz
The internet provides an abundance of resources for us to learn more about mental health disorders, how to cope with them, and ways to receive treatment. But did you know that you can also take a preliminary screening to see if you may have a mental health disorder?
If you would like to take an assessment quiz before you seek out a counselor’s help, we have listed a few credible resources that offer screening quizzes for you to take prior to talking to a professional counselor or psychiatrist.
Quizzes like these won’t provide a formal diagnosis or a treatment plan, but can assist you in determining how to start getting the help you need.
2. Schedule an Appointment with Your Primary Care Physician (PCP)
Individuals with a mental health condition often think they are alone, which causes them to not be open about their thoughts or actions related to a potential mental disorder. In all reality, mental health conditions are more common than one might think. Mental Health America states that over 44 million American adults have a mental health condition. Due to the commonality of mental health disorders in America, one should not feel like they are alone. Instead, reach out for help.
If you are feeling or acting differently than normal and don’t know where to begin or who to call, reach out to your PCP or your GP (general practitioner) to do a basic assessment. Based on their findings, your doctor may refer you to a counselor or psychiatrist for help.
3. Seek an Assessment Center for Help
An assessment center takes your mental health assessment a step further than a PCP visit can. Rather than spending time scheduling an abundance of appointments at different facilities or researching local counselors, an assessment center is a one-stop shop that will save you time and ease your mind by connecting you with professionals and treatment options that are well suited for your needs.
If you live near Atlanta, Georgia, you can gain access to a licensed professional for a proper mental health assessment at our facility, Pyramid Family Behavioral Healthcare Assessment Center. The clinician will conduct an in-depth interview and ask questions for you and your family or support group to answer. We will then review findings and diagnostic impressions and guide you in the direction of our clinical and medical team for treatment assistance after your assessment.
If you think that you or someone you know is living with a mental health disorder, the first step is to obtain a comprehensive mental health assessment from a mental health professional. If you are looking for additional help or have questions about our center, we are here for you!