If you or a family member are displaying symptoms of a mental health condition, seeking the right care that can provide a psychological evaluation in Kansas City is key. Armstrong Family Counseling provides psychological testing to help identify a variety of disorders. A leading mental health facility of psychologists and therapists in the area, we offer the latest assessments and treatments in mental health.
WHAT IS A PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATION?
This term may cause a little apprehension, but it’s just the technical terms for when a licensed professional like a psychologist, family doctor or psychiatrist uses a variety of tools to evaluate your responses to certain questions and the results of a physical test to determine if there is an underlying mental health issue. The evaluation helps the professional understand the type and depth of a person’s mental state. Depending on the symptoms being experienced, one or more of the following tests may occur:
Mental health history
What Happens During a Psychological Assessment?
There are different types of psychological assessments to determine how someone thinks, feels, reasons, and remembers. This helps correctly diagnose mental disorders. A licensed mental health professional or medical doctor will conduct the psychological assessment. As soon as the assessment begins, the licensed professional will evaluate whether the patient needs immediate psychiatric intervention. All authorization and consent forms need to be signed as well. Once the in-depth assessment begins, a written questionnaire and verbal interview will commence.
Questions that may be asked revolves around the current symptoms being experienced; any prior history of mental illness; family history; social history; psychiatric history and medical history. The patient will also be asked about any substance use and abuse. While this is taking place, the patient should also consider asking certain questions of the medical professional to get a clear understanding of what is taking place and to determine if the professional is capable of meeting expectations.
After the psychological assessment is completed, the medical professional will be able to give a clear diagnosis based on the psychological evaluation. These types of evaluations may reveal or confirm disorders such as:
This is a common neurodevelopmental disorder that is usually diagnosed in children and carries into adulthood. Individuals with this type of disorder may have impulsive behaviors, are overly active, and may have trouble paying attention.
Individuals with autism have a group of developmental disabilities that may result in challenges with repetitive behaviors, social skills, nonverbal communication, and speech.
These types of disorders also include schizophrenia
These are mental health conditions resulting from traumatic experiences. This could be caused by neglect, abuse, loss of a loved one, being in a natural disaster or witnessing violence in some way.
These types of disorders also include depression and bipolar disorder. In many cases, individuals experience long periods of happiness, sadness, or both to high extremes.
These types of disorders are complex diseases of the brain and body involving compulsive use of one or more substances.
These types of disorders include panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and phobias.
These involve disruptive patterns in behavior that result in problems socially, at home, and in school.
Personality disorders include borderline personality disorder; narcissistic personality disorder; paranoia and delusional disorders; schizoid personality disorder; and schizotypal personality disorder.
These disorders are chronic disabilities that result in functional limitations in three or more areas. They can include hearing loss, ADD/ADHD, Autism, Cerebral Palsy, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.
Common types of eating disorders include binge-eating, where people’s eating habits are out-of-control and they continue eating even when they are full. Individuals with these types of disorders may also experience Bulimia nervosa. This type of eating disorder also involves binge-eating, but the person purges the food after eating by throwing up or using laxatives. Anorexia nervosa also falls into this category, where people avoid or restrict their food intake. Mentally, they experience feelings of being overweight even when they are not.
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