Neurologists and primary care physicians often refer clients who are experiencing problems with memory, attention, or learning to complete cognitive testing to get a better understanding of how a medical or neurological disorder is impacting cognitive functioning. The results of the cognitive tests are used to provide recommendations and available treatment options to you and your family that are geared toward optimizing quality of life across work, home, and community settings. Sacks Clinical Consulting offers the option of combining cognitive testing with emotional tests to determine how these factors interact and impact functioning.
Complicated Psychiatric Diagnosis
With the advances in psychiatry over the past several decades, accurate diagnosis is essential to proper medication of psychological issues. In particular, clients who may qualify for multiple diagnoses (e.g., Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) or unconventional presentations of psychiatric disorders (e.g., Bipolar Disorder in a person who is experiencing cultural and environmental factors) are especially vulnerable to misdiagnosis and incorrect medication. Clients often self-refer, or psychiatrists request psychological evaluations to clarify symptoms, the influence of situational factors, and the impact of family or interpersonal issues. Psychological assessment for complicated psychiatric diagnosis is available for clients of all ages, and Sacks Clinical Consulting staff collaborate with families, teachers, and other healthcare providers to gather information from multiple perspectives.
Sometimes, clients find that they have addressed many concerns in therapy but still feel that their general functioning and well-being is not improving. In this case of stalled progress, psychological testing is useful to determine what kinds of emotional and personality traits might be impeding the process of treatment.