Children: If a child is experiencing difficulty in social, emotional, or cognitive functioning, a psychological evaluation can be a helpful tool in better understanding and accommodating the needs of the child, while providing a framework for individual recommendations and treatment.
ADHD: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a medical condition affecting brain development and activity, which makes regulating attention, impulses, emotional control, and behavior extremely difficult. According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), ADHD occurs in approximately 5 percent of children and 2.5 percent of adults. A psychological evaluation is helpful in diagnosing ADHD and providing data that can help parents, educators, and counselors in developing accommodations and treatment options.
Adult: Psychological evaluations for adults are beneficial in assessing and diagnosing emotional, social, or neurological issues affecting a person’s life. Such evaluations encompass numerous facets of each individual, including medical history, family history, social and environmental factors, work and career factors, and emotional and cognitive functioning.
Geriatric: If an elderly loved one is experiencing cognitive or emotional impairment, a psychological evaluation can be helpful in determining what factors may be contributing to the impairment and if the person is competent to live without assistance. Such evaluations can also show whether a person is experiencing depression or if Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia are present.