What kind of symptoms warrant a mental health or psychiatric assessment?
A psychiatric assessment may be warranted if you’re exhibiting symptoms that concern you or make you think you have an underlying mental health condition. These could include persistent feelings of depression, anxiety, or irritability; significant changes in mood, energy levels, or sleeping patterns; difficulty concentrating or making decisions; withdrawal from social activities or relationships; unexplained physical ailments; excessive worry or fear; substance abuse; drastic changes in appetite or weight; and thoughts of self-harm or suicide. You should also seek an assessment if you’re experiencing hallucinations, delusions, or persistently disorganised or unsettled thinking. It is essential that you seek professional help if any of your symptoms persist or start to significantly impact how you go about your day to day life.