In an earlier post, we pointed out that the evaluation of mental health status is one of the crucial tests that intending couples should consider before marriage.
The big question is, how can this be tested? Read on to discover in detail how this can be achieved.
Generally, health is divided into two basic categories: mental and physical health. Mental health refers to the emotional, psychological, and social well-being of an individual. The mental health status of an individual is the factor that determines how the person thinks, feels, acts, relates to others, handles challenges, and makes decisions.
Why Should You Know?
Mental health is very important because it affects everything in our lives and determines our overall quality of life. For instance, poor mental health can lead to feelings of sadness, hopelessness, worthlessness, worry, fear, anxiety, addiction, and so on.
Without any doubt, all these negative feelings will put a big strain on an affected person’s social relationships. It can also affect performance at work and at home. If care is not taken, life may become overwhelming and such an individual may start losing touch with reality.
Now, imagine getting married to someone with such poor mental health with its associated problems, the marriage will be doomed to fail before it even begins. So, it is crucial to assess your partner’s mental health prior to marriage to prevent unpleasant future surprises.
While some mental health problems such as autism are obvious and easily discernable, some are hard to make out. Going for a mental health evaluation may reveal hidden mental disorders such as schizophrenia, mood disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, and psychosis.
Knowing your partner’s mental health status can help you get prepared in case your partner ends up needing long-term care.
In addition, some mental health disorders are hereditary in nature and children can inherit them from their parents. If a partner is suffering from a hereditary mental disorder, it can be passed to some, or all the children produced in the marriage.
In this case, knowing the mental health status of your partner will help you to prepare for any eventuality in the future if you decide to go on with your relationship.
Mental Health Assessment
Clinical Psychologists are the professionals, who are responsible for measuring and evaluating the mental health status of people. They have several tests, assessments, and experiments, which they use to examine, how people think, feel, and behave. One of the assessments that clinical psychologists often used is called Mental Health Assessment (MHA).
This test is used to determine if an individual has any mental health problems. To conduct MHA, psychologists typically collect diverse information from patients; such information normally includes the current state of mental health and medical, family, and social history.
The data collected will help psychologists to understand the way you think, feel, reason, and recall information. The data will also be used to assess your emotional, psychological and social well-being.
If everything goes well, you will be given a certificate of fitness to certify that you are mentally competent. If the psychologist decides that you need treatment, appropriate treatments will be recommended.