What is Psychological Assessment?
A thorough psychological assessment goes beyond answering a yes/no question, such as “do I have ADHD?” Instead, it asks and answers a multitude of specific questions such as, “What factors make it difficult to concentrate at work?” or, “How can I best use therapy to treat my depression?” The report can provide diagnoses, test results, interpretations, and recommendations. It will clarify strengths and weaknesses in someone’s overall functioning, and show how they can improve. This document can be kept and used with other providers such as: psychiatrists, therapists, disability services, and others.
Psychological assessment consists of a series of evidence-based tests and interviews, tailored to the individual's specific questions and needs and interpreted by a licensed psychologist. Multiple methods of data collection have been validated, norm-referenced, and standardized to assess psychological functioning in different areas such as: learning, attention, personality, mood, and intellectual functioning.
Assessments can cover psychodiagnostic questions, pre-surgical bariatric evaluations, ADHD, and more.
A psychological assessment generally includes three separate appointments:
An initial interview to gather relevant personal information. This information is then used to guide selection of the specific assessments that will be used.
1-hour feedback session to go over results. This will include a written report that can be shared with others.
Why Get an ADHD Assessment?
Often, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is suspected long before an assessment is possible. An ADHD diagnosis can provide clarity to an individual who is struggling and allow them to implement effective strategies and address symptoms. Common treatments include behavioral and medication interventions.
The written report that we provide to you can be shared with other providers to help with treatment. This can include: therapists, physicians, psychiatrists, and school personnel. Many physicians require a formal diagnosis from a psychologist before they will prescribe psychiatric medication to treat ADHD symptoms. If a person is attending school, a formal diagnosis of ADHD may entitle them to special accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).