Personal and social functioning

Alongside continued recovery, improvements in functioning and quality of life are emphasized as primary treatment goals once the patient's symptoms have been stabilized.

Psychiatrists can measure improvements in functioning using rating scales such as the Global Assessment of Functioning scale (GAF) or the Personal and Social functioning scale (PSP). Scored out of 100, the PSP scale rates patient's personal and social function. The 4 'core areas' that are recognised in this scale are:

  • Activities

  • Relationships

  • Keeping calm

  • Self-care

Patients and their families will often recognise improvements in these scales as early signs of 'getting better'.