A psychological evaluation is an assessment done by a qualified psychologist. Psychological evaluation is often suggested in cases wherein the underlying causes responsible for an individual's mood, behavior or learning problems are unclear. The patient information regarding biographical details, family and workplace collected during the personal interview requires to be supported and corrobortaed by some other impartial source. Psychological evaluation is one such source that serves to fill this gap adequately.

It is an extremely powerful tool in the hands of a psychologist, who can not only draw out the exact diagnois accurately but also throw light on some invisible, remotely experiences and circumtances have a contributory role.

A psychological evaluation can throw light on

The severity of the symptoms of depression or anxiety :

The presence of a learning disability
Academic strengths and weaknesses
Root causes of emotional problems
Positive and negative coping styles
Reasons for aggressive behavior
Information about how the individual views the world
Issues or conflicts one is grappling with
Insight into one’s personality style

A psychological evaluation can help parents get a better understanding of the problems their child is experiencing. Besides, it helps the psychotherapist design a suitable intervention by offering significant leads to the roadmap for effective and efficient recovery.

The methods of psychological evaluation depend upon individual needs. It may consist of a series of formal psychological or neuropsychological tests as well as clinical interviews to identify and define the emotional, behavioral or learning problems that may be contributing to the problem. The process is usually conducted over several sittings which may take several hours.

The psychologist plays a detective on the hunt for clues to a mystery. The more and the better clues, the easier it is to identify the problem, and devise an appropriate course of action.