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4 Benefits Of Psychological Testing & Evaluations

Caring for your mental health is a unique journey for each person. Your personality, experiences, traumas, triggers, and truths are yours and yours alone. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to counseling and medications. Starting at square one with psychological testing is the best way to develop your own treatment plan.

A psychological assessment generally involves interviews with a clinician, neurocognitive and psychometric tests, and observations. This helps the clinician get a sense of who you are and how you react to the world. Here are a few benefits to undergoing psychological testing and evaluations:

1. Mental health diagnosis

Maybe you’ve been feeling continuous stress lately that just won’t go away. Or maybe you’ve been sleeping too much, losing interest in your daily activities, and just can’t get your energy up. It’s possible you’re feeling both of these at once.

Psychological testing will help you find out exactly what’s going on with your mental health. Rather than self-diagnosing from online sources, a professional test will help you determine your specific issues.

You might have a mood disorder such as depression or bipolar disorder. Testing will also show whether you have a personality disorder, an anxiety disorder such as post-traumatic stress disorder or obsessive-compulsive disorder, or a psychotic disorder like schizophrenia.

2. Medical treatment plan

Some mental illnesses don’t necessarily need medication to manage them. But many mood and anxiety disorders can be helped by antidepressants, anti-anxiety medications, or other prescriptions to address other symptoms. In some cases, you may exhibit signs of more than one mental illness. In that case, your pharmacological treatment is even more crucial and can be complex. Psychological evaluation is necessary as a first step to determine whether you need to see a psychiatrist.

3. Counseling treatment plan

Simply testing and getting on medication are not replacements for therapy. Therapy is the backbone of addressing your mental illness. It will help you learn to cope with your symptoms, traumas, triggers, and other life experiences. With a full psychological evaluation, you’re better armed in developing your therapeutic treatment plan.

There are many approaches to counseling: cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), talk therapy, and many others. Each of these forms of psychotherapy are useful in different circumstances. For example, CBT is recommended for people with bipolar disorder. EMDR is great for addressing and overcoming a traumatic experience for those with PTSD.

Testing is a great way to help you strategically lay out a counseling treatment plan. You’ll be better able to choose a therapist to fit your particular needs and specializes in the kind of therapy that can target your issues.

4. Indications of other needs

Psychological testing may reveal more beyond telling you whether or not you have depression. It could also indicate the presence of learning and neurocognitive vulnerabilities. It’s possible some of your symptoms are also due to another issue that may not have been on your radar.

These tests can also help diagnose adult autism and ADHD. You may find it useful to learn your baseline of memory function and other cognitive abilities, so that you can continue to track these metrics as you age.

Seeking psychological evaluation does not mean you are broken. Taking this step is the very first step to owning your truth and taking control of your mental wellbeing. After this initial assessment phase, you can work with a licensed therapist to develop a treatment plan that works with your lifestyle.

Depending on your diagnosis, you may also want to see a psychiatrist for medication. Testing will open the door to the team of professionals dedicated to your unique mental health treatment.

If you’re interested in learning more about the specifics of diagnostic psychological testing, please reach out to us so we can guide you on your treatment plan.