The goal of psychological testing is to assess a patients performance and interpret the results to make a comprehensive treatment plan for the patient. Psychological testing uses a variety of science-based techniques to assess a person's behavior, personality, and capabilities. Dr. Brissett is always willing to work with other professionals with your permission such as psychiatrists, schools or other team of experts to share interpretations and recommendations of assessments.
Before psychological testing begins, a formal interview is conducted by Dr. Brissettt who will ask the patient questions related to childhood, educational and personal history, and family background, as well as about certain experiences the patient may have had at work, school, family dynamics, or at play.
Psychological assessments are designed to determine specific aspects of the patient's skills, knowledge, and/or personality. If the patient is a young child, observations of the child in his or her natural setting, such as the home, school, or neighborhood, may sometimes be necessary and can provide Dr. Brissett with valuable information in the child's psychological assessment. In addition to standardized psychological tests, Dr. Brissett may also make use of other materials, including projective tests, occupational tests, and academic tests to aid in the evaluation of the patient's strengths as well as weaknesses, as well as feedback from others.
Often, a personality disorder is diagnosed if enduring personality characteristics and traits become unhealthy, and maladaptive patterns that interfere with a person's usual social, career or personal functioning and causes clinically significant distress. Personality disorders may sometimes lead to self-destructive patterns of behaviors and thoughts, that may challenge work and personal relationships, and in some cases lead to life-threatening risks if not treated.
Personality disorders can develop during childhood and may be caused by a combination of genetic and social factors. They affect many people at some point in their lives, and may vary greatly depending on the type and severity of the personality disorder and the affected person.
General symptoms can include:
- Mood swings
- Eccentric behaviors
- Angry outbursts
- Dramatic, erratic behaviors
- Troubled relationships
- Social isolation
- Anxious, fearful
- Risky behaviors/lack of impulse control
- Frequent suicidal threats
- Alcohol or substance abuse
If you or someone you know seems to be experiencing any of these personality traits, it is important to seek Dr. Brissett's help and support, as most personality disorders are well-treated with a variety of proven cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal psychotherapy approaches. If left untreated, personality disorders can sometimes lead to depression, poor relationships, violence, or legal problems. The most effective treatment for personality difficulties includes psychotherapy, and in some cases, may also require medication, or a combination of these. Contact Dr. Brissett today to get started on a helpful treatment plan.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
ADHD in Children
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common condition among children in preschool and early school years that involves trouble paying attention and controlling behavior.
ADHD is characterized by symptoms of inattention and of hyperactivity/impulsiveness. A child with six or more symptoms from each category lasting for at least six months at home and at school may be diagnosed with ADHD.
These symptoms may include:
- Easily distracted
- Makes careless mistakes
- Seems to not listen when spoken to
- Difficulty following instructions
- Forgetful and frequently misplaces things
- Difficulty finishing tasks
Hyperactivity / Impulsiveness
- Constantly fidgeting and squirming
- Feeling restless
- Runs or climbs in inappropriate situations
- Constantly talking
- Has difficulty playing quietly or sitting still
- Interrupts others
ADHD occurs as a result of altered neurotransmitters in the brains. Heredity and environmental factors may also play a role.
Treatment for ADHD usually includes therapy, medication or a combination of both. However, most people benefit from a combination of therapy and medication. Symptoms of ADHD may subside as children get older, but many people also suffer during adulthood. It is important for children to see their doctor on a regular basis and continue effective treatment methods if they suffer from ADHD.
Although attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may first be diagnosed in young children, many people continue to suffer from this condition as adults. Adult ADHD is typically more subtle and harder to diagnose.
Many adults who seek treatment for depression or anxiety may actually suffer from adult ADHD. Symptoms of adult ADHD may include:
- Being easily distracted
- Trouble relaxing
- Trouble organizing
- Trouble concentrating
- Mood swings
Adult ADHD is managed through the use of medication and psychotherapy. Making life adjustments to accommodate your condition can also help to make ADHD more manageable. Talk to Dr. Brissett today about how to treat this disorder.