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Psychological Evaluations and
Psychosocial Mental Health Assessment

What is a Psychological Evaluation

A comprehensive evaluation of an individual’s mental and emotional health to assess their ability to function in the community and to create a plan for treatment.


A psychosocial and psychological evaluation may include several components beginning with a clinical interview to understand important information about the client and include information from tests, surveys, a medical evaluation and observational data to understand the emotional well-being, disturbances, and severity of these concerns. It can take between 30 to 90 minutes depending on the reason for testing. A written report that will include feedback concerning diagnosis and recommended treatments is prepared and reviewed with the client.


The American Psychiatric Association summarizes possible warning signs that may warrant a psychiatric evaluation. 



  • Social withdrawal: Losing interest in interacting with others, especially close friends and family.

  • Problems are thinking: Having issues with memory, concentration, speech, and logical, rational thought.

  • Decreased functioning: Having significant difficulties at school, work, or social activities. This includes quitting previously enjoyed activities and struggles to perform routine tasks.

  • Apathy: Loss of motivation and desire to participate in familiar tasks.

  • Disconnected feelings: A hard-to-shake idea of being disconnected from oneself or surroundings. A feeling reality has been altered in some way.

  • Increased sensitivity: Being affected or overloaded by sensory input like sights, sounds, and touch. Avoiding situations in fear of over-stimulation.

  • Mood changes: Unexplained rapid or dramatic shifts in emotions.

  • Unusual behavior: Acting in uncharacteristic ways or displaying peculiar behaviors.

  • Changes in sleep or appetite: Declining personal care due to changes in sleep and eating patterns.

  • Irrational thinking: Illogical thought patterns that impact daily functioning. These could include intrusive thoughts, "magical" thinking, or unusual and exaggerated beliefs.

  • Anxiety or paranoia: Fears or suspicions of others, situations, or one's environment.

Psychiatric Evaluations
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