On this page, you will find information such as when should someone receive a psychological evaluation and the role of a licensed psychologist.
Psychological evaluations can help determine if there are relevant diagnoses for symptoms that are causing distress for an individual at home, school, work, or with relationships.
How do you know when and if it’s the right time to take the step of talking to your doctor or psychologist about a psychological evaluation?
There are several key indicators that may suggest it’s time to seek a psychological evaluation. If you or your child are experiencing sudden changes or long-term difficulties with mood or behavior, withdrawing from friends and activities, or having difficulty functioning at work or school, these may be signs that a psychological evaluation could be helpful to pinpoint possible causes and treatment options.
During a psychological evaluation, the psychologist will likely ask you questions about your symptoms, how they've been impacting your life, and any other relevant information. They may also give you some tests to measure various aspects of functioning such as your IQ, emotional or social functioning, attention, self-esteem, academic functioning, adaptive abilities, view of relationships, and other relevant areas of focus. Lastly, psychologists will gather input from collateral sources such as teachers or other therapeutic professionals involved in the individual's care.
After scoring and interpreting all this information, the psychologist will be able to help you understand your symptoms or diagnosis and talk to you about treatment options. Treatment for psychological conditions can vary depending on the issue, but may include things like therapy, medication, accommodations, or lifestyle changes.
If you or your child is experiencing symptoms that are impacting your daily life and diagnostic clarity is uncertain, it might be a good idea to consider getting a psychological evaluation. If you’re unsure whether or not you should seek a psychological evaluation, talking to your primary care doctor or consulting with a psychologist can help you make the decision. They can provide you with more information about what an evaluation entails and how it can help you.
PEACE Psychology Center has several providers who are available for psychological evaluations around Southlake, TX. We have providers with various specialties, such as in evaluating children, adolescents, and adults, and in various issues such as learning disabilities (dyslexia, dysgraphia, specific learning disabilities), neurodevelopmental disorders (autism, ADHD, intellectual disability, developmental delays), mood disorders (depression, bipolar disorder), anxiety disorders, OCD, PTSD, adjustment disorders, and more, across the lifespan.
What is the difference between a psychologist and psychiatrist?
Licensed psychologists are clinicians who attend graduate school and receive a doctorate degree (PhD or PsyD) and licensure to practice psychology, which often involves services such as therapy and psychological evaluations. Psychiatrists attend medical school and receive a medical doctorate degree (MD, DO) and specialize within the area of psychiatry. Psychiatrists prescribe medications and often also offer therapy. If you are unsure which provider may best fit your needs, you may ask for a brief consultation with one of our providers, or alternatively, talk to your primary care doctor for suggestions.
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