A comprehensive psychological assessment at PCH Assessment Center is beneficial for individuals with mental health difficulties that may be adversely affecting functioning and general well-being, including mood, attention, thought process, and interpersonal struggles. A psychological evaluation utilizes a combination of objective and projective measures of personality functioning, in order to provide a thorough depiction of an individual’s functioning.
A psychological evaluation may be indicated in the following circumstances:
- Complex psychological and psychiatric presentations, with a history of conflicting mental health diagnoses.
- Engrained patterns of personality, including rigid patterns of thought and behavior that contribute to impairment in functioning and quality of life.
- Complex trauma histories, as contributing to emotional, behavioral, and personality function.
- Barriers to treatment progress, including identification of external stressors as contributing to an individual’s functioning.
- Dual diagnosis, including concurrent difficulties with mental health functioning and substance abuse or dependence.
- A history of disordered thinking and/or psychotic symptoms and associated diagnostic uncertainty.
- Challenges with psychiatric medication and limited responsiveness to medication management.