Psychological Assessment and Testing
Psychological assessment and testing are the first steps in the psychological care process. In a way, they’re actually very similar to medical tests.
If, for instance, you go to your primary care physician with a medical problem, the doctor will conduct a physical exam. He or she may also order X-rays or a blood test. Based on the results of those tests, the doctor will create a treatment plan for you.
Psychological evaluations are used in the same way. Tests and other assessment tools help your Psychiatric Associates provider make a diagnosis so he or she can develop a plan for your treatment.
Together, assessments and testing give your Psychiatric Associates provider a comprehensive picture of your mental health.
- A psychological assessment can include several different parts, including formal psychological tests, interview information, medical records, school records and observational data.
- Testing typically involves formalized tests like questionnaires or checklists. These tests have been created by researchers for effectively measuring a particular trait or disorder.