A psychiatric assessment is the process of gathering information about a person within a psychiatric service. It is usually the first stage of a treatment process. A psychiatric assessment is most commonly carried out for clinical and therapeutic purposes, to establish a diagnosis and formulation of the individual's problems, and to plan their care and treatment.

It includes the following-
  1. Psychiatric interview- detailed case history, detailed physical examination, Mental Status Examination (MSE) and evaluation of psychopathology
  2. Diagnosis
  3. Plan of management

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