What is the Diagnostic Interview?

The Diagnostic Interview (DI) is a 2-hour appointment dedicated to gathering a thorough mental health history. In addition to understanding your personal history, a diagnostic assessment tool will be used to formulate an accurate mental health diagnosis  

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How to Prepare

Please have an accurate account of any relevant mental health or medical history. It would be helpful to have recent testing reports or records from previous providers. You will be asked to complete and sign relevant documentation prior to your appointment. 

What other ways will my mental health needs be evaluated?

To develop a thorough and comprehensive diagnostic profile, additional questions will be asked. An EMH provider will likely utilize other evidence-based and well-validated assessment measures.​

Diagnostic Tools for
Children and Adolescents 

Diagnostic Tools for
Adults

The Diagnostic Interview for Anxiety, Mood, and Obsessive-Compulsive and Related Neuropsychiatric Disorders (DIAMOND) is a semi-structured diagnostic interview for DSM-5 psychiatric disorders. For more information, please visit here

Benefits of a Well-Validated Assessment

The KSADS and DIAMOND are regularly updated to include the most current research findings. The questions are based off the diagnostic criteria of the DSM-5. The DSM-5 is the manual used in establishing a client's mental health diagnosis to best aide in clinical recommendations. 

Utilization of a well-validated diagnostic tool helps identify symptoms and treatment targets. EMH providers can recommend the best treatment options to fit your mental health needs.  

The Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia for School-Aged Children (KSADS) is the most widely used and well-validated structured clinical interview for children and adolescents. The questions are based off the diagnostic criteria and symptom descriptions of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition: DSM-5. For more information, please visit here.