MH symptom rating scales

I use various mental health symptom rating scales to help assess the severity of clients’ symptoms and, more importantly, to track their progress in treatment. Note that a score on a rating scale is insufficient to draw conclusions about someone’s diagnosis–accurate diagnosis relies on a thorough clinical interview and careful consideration of history, functioning, life circumstances, cultural context, and other important factors. Anyone concerned that they may be struggling with mental health symptoms should consider seeking treatment. The website for the nonprofit organization Mental Health America offers online mental health screening questionnaires and other resources that can be helpful in gauging symptoms and weighing treatment options. Further, family physicians and other primary care providers are often in a good position to help determine whether mental health treatment is indicated.