Mental Health Testing is used to help diagnose and clarify concerns regarding behavior, personality traits, academic, mood, emotional functioning, and cognitive processes. It usually involves a sophisticated and extensive written analysis to distinguish the mental factors that contribute to an accurate diagnosis and treatment. The report is often used to answer specific referral questions (e.g., diagnostic clarification, differentiation between Axis I and Axis II disorders, multiple coexisting psychiatric disorders and/or special education eligibilities along with substance abuse/dependence and psychosocial stressors.
Areas where mental health testing may be helpful:
- When a client is not responding to psychopharmaceutical treatment and a clarification of diagnosis is needed.
- When there is a history of trauma (especially long-term exposure) and there are concerns that current symptoms may be partially attributed to these experiences.
- When substance abuse is suspected as a primary contributor to other psychological disorders, or when it has developed as a secondary problem due to an individual’s inability to utilize healthier and more adaptive coping mechanisms.
- When there are problems in interpersonal relationships, especially when these issues are significantly impacting an individual’s functioning.
- When there is a history or current problem with self-harm or suicidal ideation.
- When there is a suspicion that an adult may have ADD/ADHD which was previously undiagnosed.
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