Psychiatric Evaluation

Steve Behind DeskA comprehensive psychiatric evaluation with Dr. Scanlan is necessary to diagnose any patient’s emotional, behavioral, or developmental disorders. An evaluation is made based on behaviors present and in relation to the physical, genetic, environmental, social, cognitive, emotional, and educational background.

The following are the most common components of a comprehensive, diagnostic psychiatric evaluation. However, each evaluation is tailored to the individual’s symptoms and behaviors. Evaluation may include the following:

  • Description of behaviors present (i.e., when do the behaviors occur, how long does the behavior last, what are the conditions in which the behaviors most often occur)
  • Description of symptoms noted (physical and psychiatric symptoms)
  • Effects of behaviors/symptoms as related to the following:
    • work performance
    • school performance
    • relationships and interactions with others (i.e., spouse, co-workers, family members, neighbors)
    • family involvement
  • Psychiatric interview
  • Personal and family history of emotional, behavioral, or developmental disorders
  • Complete medical history, including description of the individual’s overall physical health, list of any other illnesses or conditions present, and any treatments currently being administered
  • PBOD does weekly urine analysis, which is indispensable to Dr. Scanlan in determining the serum levels in the patients body. Laboratory Analysis Sample

    Other Laboratory tests, as deemed necessary, which may include the following:

    • blood tests
    • x-rays
    • educational assessments
    • speech and language assessments
    • psychological assessments

Once a diagnosis is made, family involvement and active participation in treatment is extremely important for any individual with an addictive disorder. Dr. Scanlan will address questions and provide reassurance by working with you to establish long-term and short-term treatment goals for you and your loved ones.