Leanne R. Cianfrini, PhD - Birmingham AL 35244

2270 Valleydale Rd Suite 100, Birmingham, AL 35244
(205) 982-3596(205) 982-3596

Mental Health is the psychological state of physical well-being or absence of mental disorder. It is characterized by the “degree of mental and emotional adjustment in a person who is functioning at an acceptable level of functional and emotional adjustment.” It is usually determined through the use of a mental health screening tool and a questionnaire. The results of these tools and questionnaires can help determine if a patient is experiencing a serious mental health problem. It can also help determine the appropriate treatments and provide insight into the patient’s personality, past history, present feelings, relationships and life goals.

The use of a mental health screening tool can provide the basis for a complete evaluation of a patient, their needs, interests, values and future plans. It can help determine if a patient has a mental health need for psychotherapy, social services or some other form of treatment. If a doctor determines that a patient needs psychotherapy in addition to the current medications, it can be administered on an outpatient basis. It can also determine the need for counseling and/or group therapy. A questionnaire can provide information on how the patient feels about themselves, their relationships, their health and their jobs. It can also help determine how healthy they are physically and mentally, whether or not the patient is suffering from depression and if they are currently taking drugs, such as anti-anxiety, anti-depressant and anti-inflammatory drugs.

The most common types of tests used to determine the diagnosis of mental health include the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, the Minnesota Multiphasic Neuropsychiatric Interview Schedules (MMNIS), and the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory II. These tests are used to help determine if there are any psychological disorders, such as substance abuse, depression, psychosis or bipolar disorder, which may have taken place in the past. It may also be used to find out if the patient has other health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or cancer. Mental health screening tests can also determine if the patient is experiencing significant stress. This is important, because stress causes many of the symptoms associated with mental illnesses. Also, a mental health screening tool may determine if there is a history of suicidal thoughts and/or attempts and if the patient has had any traumatic experiences in the past. These tests are very valuable in determining if a patient needs further medical attention.

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