Posts Tagged ‘Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD)’

Social, Emotional, Behavioral Assessment & Personality Functioning Assessment

PSYCH|assessment resources, PLLC provides a comprehensive clinical psychological assessment to identify disorders usually first diagnosed in childhood.  A psychological assessment usually involves a more comprehensive assessment of the individual.  A psychological assessment is a process that involves the integration of information from multiple sources, such as tests of normal and abnormal personality, tests of ability or intelligence, tests of interests or attitudes, as well as information from personal interviews.  Collateral information is also collected about personal or medical history, such as from records or from interviews with parents, teachers, or previous therapists or physicians.  A psychological test is one of the sources of data used within the process of assessment.  Area of assessment include the following: 

  1.  Differential diagnosis of attentional deficits including Attention-Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), Anxiety, Learning Disability, Post-Trauma Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Bipolar Disorder. 
  2. Differential diagnosis of behavioral disorders including Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Disruptive Disorder, ADHD, and Conduct Disorder. 
  3. Differential diagnosis of anxiety disorders including Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Phobias, Social Phobia, Panic Disorder, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, PTSD , Separation Anxiety, or Selective Mutism vs. intense shyness, and Nonpathological Anxiety.  Many children feel anxious or distress at times when they are separated from their parents, strangers, thunderstorms, or the dark.   But some children suffer from anxieties severe enough to interfere with the daily activities or childhood or adolescence.  Anxious children may lose friends and be left out of school activities.  They often experience academic failure and low self-esteem. 
  4.  Differential diagnosis of Childhood Depression and Dysthymic Disorder– All children feel sad or blue at times, but feelings or sadness with great intensity that persists for weeks or months may be a symptom of major depressive disorder or dysthymic disorder (chronic depression).  These depressive disorders are more than your usual ‘blues’; they affect a child’s thoughts, feelings, behavior, and body, and can lead to school failure, alcohol or drug abuse, and even suicide.
  5. Other diagnosis common in children include Reactive Attachment Disorder, Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD) and Autism Spectrum Disorders, Asperger’s Disorder, Tourette’s Syndrome, Feeding and Eating Disorders, Communication Disorders,  Elimination Disorders, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).