A psychological assessment is the process used to determine whether patients meet the diagnostic criteria for a psychological disorder. The psychologist begins with a complete medical history, and then talks with the patient to clarify the history and learn about the thoughts, emotions, and behaviors that brought them in for an assessment.
Psychological assessments often involve observing patients while they’re engaged in a task or in their natural environment, especially if working with children. Observations reveal information about behavior, communication, and interactions with others that can’t be captured through other types of testing.
During the assessment, the therapist may do a structured clinical interview, asking the patient questions that come from a standardized list of questions. These lists are based on scientific research and designed to reveal details that are relevant to specific psychological disorders.
Psychological tests are a vital tool for making an accurate psychological assessment. Depending on the test being administered, it may be completed by the patient, parent, or the therapist. While there are basic categories of tests, within each category there are many different tests available. Testing categories include:
When it comes to actually interpreting and using psychological testing, it’s vital to have experienced mental health professionals like the staff at RobinsPsych. As they search for answers to your mental health challenges, they never rely on only 1 test or make a quick decision. They carefully and thoughtfully synthesize all the information to gain the insight required to treat your unique condition. Psychological tests provide solid information, but their effectiveness — using them to gain insights and make decisions — depends on the knowledge of the person administering and interpreting the tests. You can rely on the expertise and compassion of the team at RobinsPsych.
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