EMOTIONAL / BEHAVIORAL EVALUATION
Emotional/Behavioral Evaluation helps determine what diagnosis best accounts for a particular set of symptoms and rule out other conditions. It provides diagnostic clarification regarding emotional, behavioral, and trauma-spectrum concerns, e.g., depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), disruptive mood dysregulation disorder (DMDD), oppositional defiance disorder (ODD), and others.
Emotional/behavioral testing consists of both objective and projective measures in addition to thorough clinical interviews. The objective measures include intellectual ability and achievement tests as well as personality and social-emotional-behavioral functioning rating scales. Projective measures may include the Rorschach, the Thematic Apperception Test, projective drawings, etc.
Emotional/behavioral testing is useful for getting at the underlying cause of a problem, particularly when an individual has a complex diagnostic history and has tried multiple therapeutic and/or psychopharmacological methods to improve functioning without success.