Psychiatric Assessment

Gail Zimmerman, MD -  - Internal Medicine

Gail Zimmerman, MD

Internal Medicine & Preventative Medicine Specialist located in Bay Head, NJ

If you or someone you love has a mental problem, you need support from a physician who uses an integrated approach to health care and evaluates your whole health, not just a single aspect of it. That’s exactly what you’ll find at Gail Zimmerman, MD, in Bay Head, New Jersey. In addition to preventive and acute care, Dr. Zimmerman offers psychiatric assessments for men and women who are struggling mentally. Call the office to learn more or use the online scheduler for an appointment.

Psychiatric Assessment

What is a psychiatric assessment?

A psychiatric assessment, also called a mental health evaluation, is a test that Dr. Zimmerman conducts to evaluate your emotional state and your ability to reason, think, rationalize, and remember. 

During your assessment, your provider pays close attention to your mood, behavior, the way you think, and how you communicate. Based on your interaction with Dr. Zimmerman, she determines if your mental state is unhealthy or if you’re at risk of hurting someone or yourself.

What conditions does a psychiatric assessment find?

As part of her desire and effort to provide exceptional and comprehensive medical care, Dr. Zimmerman offers psychiatric assessments for patients that display signs of:

  • Depression
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Anxiety
  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder


In addition, mental health evaluations help diagnose learning disabilities and nervous system disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, Alzheimer’s disease, and Huntington’s disease.

What can I expect during a psychiatric assessment?

Prior to your psychiatric assessment, it’s a good idea to keep a journal of your thoughts, moods, and reactions for a couple of weeks leading up to your appointment. 

Dr. Zimmerman uses your notes when you come in for a one-on-one interview. She asks you a series of questions to gauge whether you’re experiencing a mental health issue. 

After a detailed interview, you transition to the second phase of the evaluation, a thorough physical exam which likely includes blood and urine tests. 

Following the interview and physical exam, you’ll take a written test to further evaluate your ability to reason, remember, and responsibly conduct your daily affairs.

How long does a psychiatric assessment take? 

Each test is highly personal and times vary, but, in general, you should expect about 1 - 1.5 hours for the evaluation. 

Following your psychiatric assessment, Dr. Zimmerman draws some conclusions, discusses the results with you and your trusted loved ones, and writes up necessary prescriptions. 

In addition, she writes a custom care plan to follow up with you over the coming days and months to ensure you are making informed decisions about your health and well-being.

For confidential and comprehensive mental health testing, call the office to schedule an appointment or use the online scheduling feature.