Psychological Testing 2017-04-27T19:34:53+00:00

Psychological Testing at InMindOut

General Information:

With the aid of psychological testing, psychologists have more information available to them to explore possible diagnoses than do general practitioners or psychiatrists. This improves the accuracy of a diagnosis and helps you and your doctors make more informed treatment decisions.

Testing is completed over the course of several meetings with the clinician. While meeting with the clinician, client will participate in a clinical interview and complete cognitive, emotional, and personality assessment measures. Most referral questions require approximately 5 hours of testing. More complex referral questions may require additional hours. Approximately three weeks after the end of testing, the client will meet with the clinician to receive a written report detailing and summarizing the clinician’s findings. The report will include a diagnosis, if applicable, and recommendations to improve functioning.

Getting the correct diagnosis through psychological assessment can prevent the financial, physical, and emotional strain of years of starting and stopping medications that don’t work, because they’re intended to treat a problem you may not actually have. Results from psychological testing can help you and your physician discuss the appropriateness of medication and if indicated, make more targeted medication choices to better address your functioning and allow for quicker relief from your distressing symptoms.

Psychological Testing for Adults:

Psychological testing can help you identify and understand thoughts, feelings, and behaviors you may have that are causing suffering. Testing can:

  • Determine the severity and origin of memory, attention, and concentration difficulties (anxiety, depression, ADHD, substance use, and PTSD can all impact memory and concentration)
  • Identify thoughts and feelings that interfere with social and relationship functioning
  • Identify cognitive strengths and weaknesses

Psychological Testing for Children and Adolescents

Psychological testing can help parents and their child identify and understand thoughts, feelings, and behaviors the child may have that are causing suffering. Testing can:

  • Determine the severity and origin of memory, attention, and concentration difficulties (anxiety, depression, ADHD, substance use, and PTSD can all impact memory and concentration)
  • Determine if a learning disability is present
  • Identify thoughts and feelings that interfere with social and relationship functioning
  • Identify cognitive strengths and weaknesses

Psychological testing can help families and their providers identify strategies to help their child succeed. These recommendations can include implementing interventions in the home, school, or therapist’s office. Interventions may be aimed at helping the child directly through social skills training, individual tutoring, individualized study strategies, memory training, individual therapy, referral to neurologists or other medical specialists, psychoeducation, and improving sleep.

Other interventions may be aimed at helping the parents and the family as a whole. These could include helping parents identify and implement effective discipline strategies, enhancing parent-child communication, family therapy, psychoeducation, and providing support for stressed parents in couples or individual therapy.