Psychological Evaluations for Adults
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Perhaps you notice that you’re not functioning well at work? You’re having trouble managing a heavy workload? You’re forgetting deadlines?. An evaluation for attentional concerns can help you understand where you’re struggling. A comprehensive ADHD evaluation can help you understand your difficulties and provide recommendations to help you function better. For students with disabilities like ADHD who are going to college, an updated complete psychological evaluation is critical in order for them to access accommodations and supports that are important for their success in college.
Learning Disability (SLD)
You may notice you’ve always struggled with certain aspects of learning. You may have difficulty remembering, difficulty reading, or difficulty with math. A learning disability evaluation can help you understand your strengths and weaknesses. You’ll receive a complete profile of your learning and detailed, individualized recommendations for how you can address any challenges identified.
Bariatric psychological evaluations
If you’re undergoing bariatric surgery, you’ll need a psychological evaluation. A good bariatric psychological evaluation satisfies insurance requirements but also provides you with helpful strategies for how you can change longstanding behaviors to help improve your post-surgery outcomes.
Medical procedure evaluations
Certain types of medical procedures and medications require a psychological evaluation before they can be performed or prescribed. Typically, your physician will refer you for this type of evaluation.
Certain types of employment require a psychological evaluation before you can be selected for these positions. Typically, your employer will refer you for this type of evaluation.
Psychological assessments can be confusing and you may have questions about the process…
Q. How do I know what kind of psychological assessment I need?
If you are referred for a psychological assessment, for instance by a potential employer, you should receive paperwork that tells the psychologist that you’re seeing what’s required. Most psychologists will also follow up with the referral source to clarify what’s needed.
If you refer yourself for an assessment, first, an initial consultation will be conducted. Based on this assessment, the psychologist will decide what testing is needed to provide a thorough understanding of your difficulties.
Q. How long does psychological testing take?
A lot of people are familiar with medical tests, which typically last a few minutes. Psychological tests do take more time. A comprehensive assessment may take anywhere from 5-6 hours and may be done in one appointment or several appointments. Typically, a report is written and a feedback session is held with you to give you a detailed overview of the results an recommendations.
Q. Does insurance cover psychological assessment for adults?
Insurance covers some types of psychological assessments, for instance the psychological evaluations required for bariatric surgery. However, insurance does not typically cover other types of assessments, for instance learning disability and ADHD assessments for adults. However, you can use HSAs (healthcare flexible spending accounts) to pay for psychological assessments.
If you have questions about psychological assessments or have been referred for an assessment, please call to schedule an appointment.