Clinical assessment

is an essential prerequisite for finding the right treatment option for people with mental health issues or illnesses. It also refers to collecting information and drawing conclusions through the use of observation, psychological and/or neurological tests and interviews to determine what the person’s problem is and what symptoms they are presented with. This collection of information involves learning about the client’s skills, abilities, personality characteristics, cognitive and emotional functioning, social context (e.g. environmental stressors) and cultural factors particular to them, such as their language or ethnicity. The findings of the assessment, including the required treatment measures or recommended further procedures, are discussed after the assessment with the client.