Things You Can Expect To Discuss During A Psychological Assessment

If you have been ordered to take a psychological assessment or you are seeking treatment on your own, you might find yourself wondering just what it is you can expect to have to discuss. Those who have never been through such an assessment or who have but it has been a long time will want to read through the following:

Your Current List Of Medications

This is very important so you want to make a list of the names, dosage amounts, and how often you take the medication. This includes not just prescription medication, but over-the-counter medications as well if you take them daily. This is so they will have an idea of what type of mental health medications would work and would not interact with the medicines you currently take. This is only if you end up getting prescribed something.

Your List Of Symptoms

They are going to want to know whether you suffer from anxiety, sleep disturbances, overeating or not eating enough, depression, or even if you have had suicidal thoughts. Then they might ask you to describe how such issues are impacting your career, your education if you are in school, and your life at home with your family. You might also be asked whether anyone in your family, such as your parents, has any diagnosed mental health disorders.

What Your Goals Are

You might be asked about just what it is that you would like to get as a result of your time in treatment, if you continue with treatment. It might be that you want to be less depressed or have a better understanding of past traumas that you have experienced. Making a goal for yourself now can help you see just how far you have come in therapy later down the road. It can help keep you motivated.

You should feel a little more prepared to go through the psychological assessment, which can help keep any anxiety you might have under control. Knowing what to expect when you walk into the office means that you get the opportunity to really think about what your answers to some of their questions might be. Write down anything you want to mention and don't want to forget, bring a list of all of your medications, and see if your family can fill you in on any mental health disorders that might run in the family. 

For more information about psychological testing, contact a local professional.