A mental health assessment for your child will be done according to the warning signs seen and how they affect you and your child’s daily activities. To assess your child’s mental health, he or she needs to be brought to a specialist for evaluation.

The chosen doctor will then work with you and your child to assess their mental health to see if they have the signs and symptoms that indicate a mental illness. They will also ask you about you and your child’s history and development. They’ll check to see if the child suffers from other medical conditions or trauma and how long they’ve been behaving a certain way.

Additionally, they’ll also ask about other family members’ mental health conditions to check the history. They’ll also assess the child’s external environment at school and home. Input from other people working with the child, like teachers or caregivers, may also be needed. Testing can require hours to determine the right diagnosis and treatment for your child.

It’s not easy to diagnose mental illnesses in children because development differs from child to child, and they’re not good at voicing their feelings. Regardless, a proper mental health assessment is important for your child’s treatment.