Emotional and Psychological Testing for Mood, Anxiety, and Interpersonal Difficulties
Clients or their therapists request psychological assessment at the beginning of treatment or when treatment progress has stalled. In the beginning of treatment, assessment is most useful for identifying goals for therapy and examining which types of treatment will be the best fit for a client. Sometimes, clients find that they have addressed many concerns in therapy but still feel that their general functioning and well-being is not improving. In this case of stalled progress, psychological testing is useful to determine what kinds of emotional and personality traits might be impeding the process of treatment, and consult with the client and therapist to determine what next steps will be most helpful.
Complicated Psychiatric Diagnosis
With the advances in psychiatry over the past several decades, accurate diagnosis is essential to proper medication of psychological issues. In particular, clients who may qualify for multiple diagnoses (e.g., Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) or unconventional presentations of psychiatric disorders (e.g., Bipolar Disorder in a person who is experiencing cultural and environmental factors) are especially vulnerable to misdiagnosis and incorrect medication. Clients often self-refer, or psychiatrists request psychological evaluations to clarify symptoms, the influence of situational factors, and the impact of family or interpersonal issues. Psychological assessment for complicated psychiatric diagnosis is available for clients of all ages, and PsychBreak staff collaborate with families, teachers, and other healthcare providers to gather information from multiple perspectives.