PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING AND DIAGNOSIS
Sophisticated psychological testing to aid in the diagnosis and monitoring of treatment. Administered by a licensed psychologist with a doctorate and specialized training.
According to MHS, a leading company in the testing field,
Tools are cost-effective ways to expedite diagnosis and treatment while maintaining systematic documentation.
Psychological tests assess and evaluate information that you provide to the examiner, which is why the formal name of psychological testing is psychological assessment. You give this information either in the form of answers to interview questions or as answers on paper or on a computer, to specific questions. Ultimately, a test's accuracy depends on how carefully and seriously you answer the questions you are asked.
The Future of Diagnosis, Testing, Treatment
Three mega-trends are converging to transform the practice of psychology and mental health. This includes:
1. Advanced Neuro-Imagery of the Brain
Recent advances in computerized imagery including PET and fMRI allows not only the structure, but also the process of the brain to be analyzed. At present this diagnosis more precise in areas such as trauma, epilepsy, and dementia. Further research will likely lead to breakthroughs in the use of imaging technology as a feedback device to perform treatments in real-time. It may well be that neuro-feedback of electrical signals from the brain will have as much or more significance for therapy.
2. Genetic Analysis and Treatment of Metabolism and Psychological Predispositons
During the past decade the delineation of the human genome has positioned medicine and psychology to use the tools of genetics, proteins, metabolism and other dimensions to not only be analyzed but also possibly treated at the genetic level. This will reduce the need for therapies with highly variable and questionable outcomes to be performed with greater scientific precision.
3. Nutraceutical and advanced drug treatments,
Beginning in the 1970s, the pharmaceutical industry synthesized chemical drugs which alleviated many of the most severe symptoms in mental health and advanced the potential for treatment. This allowed the abandonment of barbaric treatments of the past such as lobotomies and the warehousing of the mentally ill. Further advances in chemically determined substances, not only for drugs, but also natural substances such as food and nutraceuticals offer the potential for treatment of many conditions heretofore resistant to traditional therapy with fewer side effects.
ConclusionThere is reason to believe that advances in the next 20 to 30 years will eclipse the previous two centuries leading up to today's methods for diagnosis and treatment. Two things are clear: There will continue to be a great need for licensed psychologists to plan and coordinate diagnosis and treatment amongst the many specialists. Second, severe conditions will require advanced training rather than the more casual treatment modalities prevalent in some psychotherapy today. As important, the rise of advanced technology will create an even greater need for "high-touch" therapies to help clients navigate a health system that will be increasingly expensive, subject to change, and able to harm when misapplied.
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