Psychological evaluation - a way of testing people about their behavior, personality, and capabilities to draw conclusions using combinations of techniques
Diagnosis - investigation or analysis of the cause or nature of a condition, situation, or problem;
What is Psychological Testing & Assessment?
In many ways, psychological testing and assessment are similar to medical tests. If a patient has physical symptoms, a primary care provider may order X-rays or blood tests to understand what's causing those symptoms. The results of the tests will help inform develop a treatment plan.
Psychological evaluations serve the same purpose. Psychologists use tests and other assessment tools to measure and observe a client's behavior to arrive at a diagnosis and guide treatment.
Psychologists administer tests and assessments for a wide variety of reasons. If a person is having problems at work or school, or in personal relationships, tests can help a psychologist understand whether he or she might have problems with managing anger or interpersonal skills, or certain personality traits that contribute to the problem. Other tests evaluate whether clients are experiencing emotional disorders such as anxiety or depression. Psychological tests and assessments allow a psychologist to understand the nature of the problem, and to figure out the best way to go about addressing it.
What are some reasons that people seek psychological evaluation?
- Referred by a physician to help with mental health diagnosis;
- Referred as part of a legal circumstance in order to document the nature of a psychological illness;
- Self-referred with an interest in an in-depth evaluation of one's intellectual, and psychological functioning.