St. Anthony's Behavioral Health Group is a SAPO (St. Anthony's Physician Organization) physician practice composed of psychiatrists that offer the following services.
- Comprehensive psychiatric evaluation by physicians.
- Symptom and illness management which includes providing diagnosis, prognosis, and medications when indicated in a scientific evidence-based manner.
- Treatment of psychiatric issues that complicate illnesses in the elderly, patients with neurological condition, and patients that have other medical problems.
- We address psychiatric conditions that complicate the treatment of alcohol and substance abuse.
- We provide referrals to and lead multidisciplinary teams within the acute inpatient and outpatient departments at Hyland Behavioral Health.
- We work in conjunction with specialists from other disciplines such as medicine, neurology, pain management, family practice, and endocrinology at the medical center.
- We provide consultations services on an office-based and inpatient basis for other physicians.
- We make referrals to Hyland Behavioral Health Outpatient Services and work in collaboration with their therapists towards the best possible outcome for our patients.
- We offer and provide inpatient and outpatient Electroconvulsive therapy treatment when indicated.
St. Anthony's Behavioral Health Group is committed to meeting the mental health needs of the community.
What You Should Know About Psychological Testing
Two Main Types of Testing
Psychological testing is more focused on emotional and psychological factors that may be interfering in the life of the individual. Testing is often done to formalize diagnosis of anxiety disorders, depression, bipolar disorder, and psychotic disorders. A more comprehensive picture of the individual may be needed in order to assist in devising a treatment plan. Testing often entails obtaining information from a variety of sources including personality questionnaires, projective tests, clinical interviews, and behavioral observations. Some individuals may choose to be tested for both educational and psychological difficulties simultaneously. Individuals must be at least 3 years of age to be evaluated.
Psychoeducational testing is often requested to determine whether there is a learning disability or an attention problem (i.e ADHD) that is interfering with performance at work or school. Psychoeducational testing usually involves administration of a test of intellectual ability and an achievement test. It is also likely to include questionnaires to be completed by the individual or by those who know the client, such as teachers or family members. Sometimes when ADHD is being considered as a diagnosis, a computerized test is used. Other tests assessing specific abilities such as reading, math, or writing may also be given.
Either type of testing involves an initial one hour consultation with a licensed psychologist, which includes an interview, to clarify the questions that will be addresses. At the conclusion of the consultation, the examiner can estimate how many hours will be needed for formal testing, scoring of test measures and writing the report. The copy of testing is largely determined by the amount of time it will take to do the testing, including the administration of the measures and the interpretation of the results.