HIV and Stage 3 (AIDS) are not just conditions that affect your biological body. They affect your social and emotional life, too. At UNM Truman Health Services, we understand the complexities that face patients who have received a positive diagnosis. Moreover, we provide the services you need to take care of yourself—including behavioral health diagnostic assessment.
What a Behavioral Health Diagnostic Assessment Involves
A behavioral health diagnostic assessment evaluates your current attitudes and actions to identify problematic cognitive, emotional and/or behavior patterns or risks for developing problematic patterns.
Behavior health diagnostic assessments at UNM Truman Health Services survey a wide body of information, including:
- Personal history
- Record of symptoms, including date of onset (if known)
- Home environment
- Relationships with family and peers
- Leisure activities
- Daily social and peer group activities
- Nutrition and health status
- Mental health status
Sometimes, our assessments may also require blood and/or urine testing.
Why You Need a Diagnostic Assessment
A behavioral health diagnostic assessment is not an indicator that something is “wrong” with you. Rather, the purpose is to identify problems and/or risk factors so that you can be matched with services that help you cope with emotional distress. At UNM Truman Health Services, we strive to help patients living with HIV/AIDS to live otherwise healthy lives—and that includes having healthy coping mechanisms for when times get tough.