At CCPS, we are committed to an overall sense of wellbeing and therefore our evaluations and assessments are not limited to only cognitive, academic and neuropsychological. We believe that therapy and medication treatment planning should be preceded by a thorough assessment of the patient’s social-emotional, psychological and as needed, psychiatric functioning. A good mental health assessment should provide a snapshot of behavior, personality, tendencies or mood by contrasting the individual results against a peer group. A good evaluation collects data from multiple data points (test data, interviews with the patient, and maybe family, observations, review of old records, etc.) and uses that data to make interpretations and recommendations for ongoing or new care. Some issues or concerns that warrant a mental health assessment are:
- Mood disorders, differentiating Depression from Bipolar Disorder
- Anxiety, overlapping difficulties such as trauma, mood, Autism and ADHD
- Anger problems
- Schizophrenia, psychosis with mood disorder, and personality disorders mimicking psychosis (Schizoid, Schizotypal, etc)
- Clearances for bariatric/gastric bypass surgery
- Behavioral problems in children, Disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD), performance, school or general anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, bullying, and social problems.