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Test: Psychological Assessment

To help diagnose a mental health disorder, your doctor may arrange for you to have a psychological assessment. You will be asked a series of questions to establish the nature of your problem and its effects on your life. Areas of discussion include your family, your history, how life was before you became ill, and any factors that might have triggered the mental health problem, such as a bereavement.

Having an assessment

Although questions are intimate and personal, they are part of a standard assessment procedure. The doctor usually records answers on a checklist.

From the 2010 revision of the Complete Home Medical Guide © Dorling Kindersley Limited.

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