Markers to check for current mental health status
As a mental health practitioner, it's essential to be aware of the markers that indicate an individual's current mental health status. In this video, we'll explore the key markers that can help you determine the mental health status of your clients.
Firstly, it's important to assess the individual's mood and affect. This involves evaluating their emotional state, including whether they're experiencing depression, anxiety, or other mood disorders. It's also important to assess their level of motivation and energy, as well as any changes in appetite or sleep patterns.
Cognitive markers can also be an essential tool in evaluating mental health status. These include memory and concentration, attention span, and problem-solving ability. Impairments in these areas can indicate the presence of a cognitive disorder. It's essential to assess an individual's social and occupational functioning. This involves evaluating their ability to maintain relationships, manage their responsibilities, and engage in meaningful activities. A decline in social or occupational functioning can be a sign of a mental health problem.