Psychological testing might sound intimidating, but it should not be feared. Psychological testing is a simple process that allows a psychologist to evaluate your specific needs and symptoms. Then, once they understand your symptoms, they can make a diagnosis of a mental illness or disorder and then create a treatment plan based on your individual needs.
If you are wondering what psychological testing is, what it can help diagnose, and what to expect at a psychological testing appointment, this article will help answer those questions.
At Dr. Messina and Associates, we have two psychologists who offer appointments for psychological testing. If, after reading this blog, you feel like you would like to set up an appointment for psychological testing, do not hesitate to call. We care about you and want to see your mental health thrive.
Psychological tests are tools that psychologists use to diagnose various mental health issues and disorders. Psychological testing is when a psychologist administers tests based on individual needs, age, symptoms, and health history. These tests measure a person’s behaviors, throughs, and emotions. Based on the test results, a psychologist can provide a diagnosis. They can also determine the cause and severity of symptoms. Once the psychological testing is complete and a diagnosis is given, a psychologist can create a custom care plan or treatment guide based on the individual’s specific needs.
Psychological testing can be used to diagnose many mental health conditions, including:
While psychological testing may sound intimidating, it is nothing to be feared. Think of psychological testing as you would think about getting an x-ray for a potentially broken arm. The x-ray itself is completely harmless and is only used as a tool to help a doctor diagnose the problem so they can give you the best treatment. Like getting an x-ray, a psychologist will administer tests so they can assess your symptoms and give you an accurate diagnosis.
When you come into our office for psychological testing, we will do everything we can to ensure that you feel comfortable and at ease. Psychological testing is not a test that you have to prepare for, and there is no way to fail the tests. The tests are designed to help us learn information about you and your symptoms. You do not need to prepare or take practice tests before you come in for your appointment. We recommend that you do not prepare because it could skew results.
To begin the psychological testing appointment, your psychologist will review your personal records, such as your school, employment, and medical records. They may also review your family's mental health history. Next, your psychologist will ask you about the symptoms you are experiencing and ask questions about your lifestyle. Once your psychologist develops an understanding of who you are and what you are experiencing, they will pick specific tests and assessments based on your individual needs.
The psychological tests that your psychologist might have you complete may be written, visual, or verbal. There are two types of psychological tests, objective tests, and projective tests. Objective tests will have you answer questions in the form of true or false, yes or no, or pick the correct answer. Projective tests will ask you to answer questions based on your own interpretation of the question.
After the tests are complete, your psychologist will use the information gathered from the tests to determine a diagnosis and create a personalized treatment plan for you.
You may be wondering if you or a loved one should make an appointment for psychological testing.
If you or a loved one are experiencing any signs or symptoms, booking an appointment for psychological testing could be beneficial in gaining an early diagnosis and receiving treatment.
It is beneficial when mental health issues or disorders are diagnosed early. The key to early diagnosis is recognizing the signs and symptoms when they first appear. Then, treatment can be given before the issue or disorder progresses.
Here are the most common signs and symptoms of mental illness.
At Dr. Messina and Associates, we have two passionate, warm, and caring psychologists available for psychological testing appointments at our office in Southlake, Texas. Their top priority is to evaluate your specific needs and symptoms and develop a personalized treatment plan just for you. We provide psychological testing to people of all ages. If you have any questions about psychological testing, don’t hesitate to give us a call.
Here at Dr. Messina and Associates, our compassionate team of professionals are qualified to help you at our Flower Mound, Texas, and Southlake, Texas, offices. Our Psychologists, Psychiatrists, and Counselors specialize in cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), psychological testing, and medication management for a variety of emotional and behavioral health needs. All services are available in-person and online (telehealth). If you or a loved one are seeking help with mental health, we are here to help.