Like x-rays and blood tests, psychological tests help your doctor understand what’s causing your symptoms. The idea of “psychological testing’ may sound slightly intimidating, but it’s not. It’s designed to help you (or a family member) get the treatment you need.
Psychologists use tests and other assessment tools for many reasons. If you’re having problems at work or in personal relationships, tests can help a psychologist identify areas where you need help. Maybe it’s anger management. Or it might be interpersonal skills. For some people, personality traits are a contributing factor. You might be struggling with anxiety or depression, too, and need help getting to the root of the problem.
Indeed, the underlying causes of a problem aren’t always obvious. That’s where psychological tests and assessments can help – as they allow a psychologist to understand the problem, and to decide the best way to address it.
Taking the test
Your psychologist will choose the test (or tests) that are the right fit for you. Don’t worry, you can’t “fail” these tests. It’s not like school! You’ll simply provide answers that feel right, so your doctor will know you better. Keep in mind – every answer brings you closer to a happier life.
Very often, your psychologist will advise a treatment plan that involves psychotherapy, or “talk therapy.” Depending on your situation, you may be referred to a specialist for therapy. Either way, your psychological evaluation will be very helpful to your psychotherapist in understanding your diagnosis – and in tailoring a treatment that meets your specific needs.
So relax, and take the tests. This is your opportunity to get the best help possible – so you can move closer to the life you can enjoy.