Identifying psychological disorders worksheet

What is the theory behind this Identifying Psychological disorders worksheet?

A wide variety of mental health conditions—disorders that impact your emotions, thinking, and behavior—are referred to as mental illnesses, sometimes known as mental health disorders. Depression, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, eating disorders, and compulsive behaviors are a few examples of mental illnesses.

Many people occasionally experience problems with their mental health. However, a mental health issue turns into a mental disease when persistent symptoms put you under a lot of stress and impair your capacity to perform daily tasks.

How will the worksheet help?

Depending on the problem, the environment, and other elements, there can be a wide range of signs and symptoms of mental illness. Emotions, beliefs, and behaviors can be impacted by the symptoms of mental illness. This worksheet will serve as Identifying Psychological Disorders Checklist. It will enable the therapist to quickly and efficiently go through the symptoms to see if the patient is suffering from any mental illness.

How to use the worksheet?

The therapist can use his own observation skills or simply ask the client from the checklist below for any of the mental health disorder symptoms. If found any of the symptoms below, the therapist can then provide the appropriate help needed for the client. In case of suicidal ideation or behaviors, immediate and serious help should be provided.

Identifying psychological disorders worksheet

Mark the symptoms found in the client:

  • being depressed or sad
  • confused thinking or a diminished capacity to focus
  • excessive worry, anxiety, or thoughts of guilt
  • extreme highs and lows in one’s mood
  • leaving friends and activities behind
  • significant exhaustion, lack of energy, or issues sleeping
  • Loss of reality awareness (delusions), suspicion, or hallucinations
  • inability to manage stress or daily difficulties
  • difficulty comprehending and responding to people and circumstances
  • alcohol or drug abuse issues
  • significant dietary modifications
  • changes in sex
  • excessive hatred, fury, or violence
  • suicidal ideation


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