A psychiatric evaluation is a systematic assessment used by psychiatrists to identify the causes, symptoms, and course of a psychiatric illness. A psychiatric evaluation can be an initial assessment or a reevaluation of an ongoing problem. An initial psychiatric evaluation aims to formulate a diagnosis and devise a treatment plan based on the diagnosis. If the evaluation is a reassessment of a patient, it will focus on revising the plan of treatment according to the new insights obtained from the evaluation.
Diagnoses can include a wide range of mental health conditions, including but not limited to depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and addiction.