Psychological evaluations are examinations of a person’s mental health, which may or may not result in the diagnosis of a mental illness. Many times these evaluations are used to assist other psychotherapists in clarifying the diagnosis or help psychiatrists in clarifying diagnosis to guide medication choices for treatment. They are sometimes used in legal cases as part of getting a fuller picture and understanding of the mental status of the party or parties to the litigation.
During psychological evaluations, the evaluator is making unbiased observations, learning more about an individual from interviews with them and others, and determining if there is any risk to the person or those around them. While in the process of being evaluated, it’s important to be cooperative and honest. If the psychological evaluation is in the context of a legal case the findings may be admitted in the case and given to the judge.
To learn more or get in contact with us at the Atlanta Behavioral Consultants, please call Marsha Schechtman, LCSW at 770.753.4911 or Howard Drutman, Ph.D. at 678.867.7020.