What is a Psychological Evaluation?
A Psychological Evaluation is designed to assess an individual’s mental health or emotional state, including behaviors and personality functioning. These assessments are designed to help identify and clarify psychiatric conditions, to help patients identify strengths and weaknesses, and to assist with treatment guidance and recommendations. Psychological evaluations can also be used to identify learning disabilities.
Psychological Evaluations are an Important Part of Mental Wellness.
The Clinic offers comprehensive psychological evaluations to determine the nature and extent of a person’s psychiatric and emotional functioning. The evaluation generally involves multiple components, which include an in-depth intake interview, behavioral observations, answering questions verbally, receiving a physical test, and completing self-assessment questionnaires, checklists and surveys.
You will likely be asked about how long you have experienced certain symptoms, your personal or family history of mental health, and any psychiatric treatment you may have received. You will also be asked about personal history, including marital status, occupation, academics, military service, previous traumatic events, and childhood issues.
Psychological Assessments are Typically Used to Determine the Following:
– Severity of symptoms of depression or anxiety
– Presence of a mood disorder such as Bipolar disorder
– Presence of a learning disability
– Academic strengths and weaknesses
– Root causes of emotional problems
– Positive and negative coping styles
– Possible reasons for aggressive behavior
– Information about how you view the world
– Issues or conflicts you are struggling with
– Addictions (internet, gambling) and eating disorders
– Presence of a personality disorder
Psychological Assessments are also used for the following:
– Bariatric Pre-Surgical Recommendations
– Deep Brain Stimulation Pre-Surgical Recommendations
– Spinal Cord Stimulator Pre-Surgical Recommendations
The tests used most frequently used include objective and projective personality tests, individually administered tests of cognitive functioning, vocational interest tests, and brief scales to assess specific symptomology.