Psychiatric and Psychological Evaluation

Mental Health—Psychiatric and Psychological Evaluation

  1. Psychiatric and Psychological EvaluationAll records covering prior psychiatric hospitalizations and/or other periods of observation or treatment are required for review. These records must be in sufficient detail to permit a clear evaluation of the nature and extent of any previous mental disorders.

  2. A report of a current examination by a qualified psychiatrist. (A qualified psychiatrist is preferably one who has been certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, or one who has the background equivalent for Board certification). Your personal physician is often a good source for a referral.

    The examination report should be in sufficient detail and depth to permit an accurate evaluation of your interval history and current psychiatric status. Past personal history, family history, and current mental status should be included in the evaluation.

    Complete pertinent medical records and professional reports should be made available to the psychiatrist prior to the preparation of the report.

  3. An evaluation by a qualified clinical psychologist. (A qualified psychologist is preferably one with a state license or certification with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology or who is listed in the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology). You may contact the local psychological association for a referral. The specialist should be experienced in administering the psychological test battery listed below:

    The battery should include:

    1. The complete Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale—Revised (WAIS-R);
    2. The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2/MMPI);
    3. And, as considered appropriate by the specialist, any three or more of the remaining tests or their equivalents:
      1. A cognitive function screening test such as Trails Making Test, Category Test, (Booklet or Machine) or a memory scale (Wechsler Memory Scale, California Verbal Learning Test, Rey Auditory Verbal Learning Test.
      2. A projective test such as the Rorschach or Sentence Completion
      3. A personality inventory test such as the NEO-R, the Personality Assessment Inventory, the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory (MCMI).
      4. A symptom-screening test such as the Beck or Hamilton for depression, or the MAST for Alcoholism.

The evaluating psychologist should select the particular test based upon his or her experience and by considering the individual issues involved.

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Updated October 27, 2009