What is a Psychodiagnostic Assessment?
Psychodiagnostic assessment focuses on understanding the individual’s formal thought processes, emotional and personality functioning in order to help make accurate diagnoses and assist in the planning of appropriate treatments.
How Does a Psychodiagnostic Assessment Work?
The Psychodiagnostic assessment typically involves an interview and specialized measures and questionnaires targeting description of thought processes, personality characteristics, and mood state. A typical assessment will take several hours of examination time, after which the psychologist spends additional time analyzing the results and preparing a report. The report is usually provided to your mental health care provider to help them make decisions about your care.
What Does a Psychodiagnostic Assessment Tell Me?
The Psychodiagnostic assessment may help determine if there are specific ways of thinking, personality characteristics, or mood related factors (e.g., depression, anxiety, etc.) that may be interfering with your functioning. This information may help your mental health care provider arrange for an optimal treatment plan. For example, some people have personality traits or characteristic ways of thinking about problems that can interfere with their progress in therapy. Psychodiagnostic assessment can help clarify these issues so they can become a target for treatment.
Psychodiagnostic Assessment may be particularly important in forensic cases involving emotional distress, trauma and other stressor-related disorders, anxiety, depression, sexual-molestation, wrongful termination and chronic medical illness/pain.