What is a Depression Assessment?
Depression is a psychiatric disorder that may need both medical and therapeutic intervention. Clinical depression, major depression, or major depressive disorder are other names for it. A depression evaluation examines how depression affects your feelings, thoughts, and behavior. Depressive illnesses have the following symptoms:
Inability to focus and indecision
Self-doubt, worthlessness, hopelessness, or remorse
Suicidal or dying thoughts on a regular basis Lack of interest in daily activities
a lack of enjoyment from previously pleasurable objects or activities
Being easily annoyed
Excessive sleepiness or insomnia
Back discomfort, chest pain, muscular pains, and joint pain are all common complaints
Tiredness and exhaustion
Weight or appetite changes
Self-destructive behavior (drug or alcohol use/abuse)
Delusions can occur in various instances
What is the purpose of the assessment?
Depression assessments are used to predict if a person is at high, medium, or low risk of developing a depressive condition. It's useful to validate your degree of depression (is it as bad as you believe, or have you been living at what you thought was a low level but, in reality, it's been rather high?) This information will also be useful to your therapist. Once your therapist has established the severity of your depression, they will work with you to select the best course of therapy for your depression so you can go back to living your life. NOTE: A formal depression assessment is not required to properly treat depression.
The assessment process
We have particular, objective testing equipment to determine your present level(s) of depression and depressive illness. Your therapist will begin by obtaining your history, doing an in-depth interview to understand the symptoms you may be experiencing, and reviewing your prior experiences. More specialized and extensive exams are offered depending on the degree of evaluation. All through this process, your therapist will make sure that you are at ease addressing all questions when working together. The evaluation can be done in two ways:
A 15-20 minute screening
A two-hour formal evaluation by one of our expert therapists