Psychological Testing Specialist

Buffington Family Medicine

Family Practice Physicians & Psychiatry Specialists located in Keller, TX

Psychological testing is a great way to determine what’s causing your mental health symptoms. At Buffington Family Medicine, clinical psychologist Dr. Kristine Buffington offers psychological testing to get to the root of your symptoms and concerns to figure out the best way to improve your mental health and well-being. Call today to make your appointment.

Psychological Testing Q & A

What is psychological testing?

Psychological testing and evaluation helps Dr. Buffington determine the cause of your mental health symptoms and the best ways to treat them. Psychological testing involves the use of assessment tools to measure and observe your behavior, thoughts, and more.

It’s important that you feel in control of your mental health. Psychological testing can help Dr. Buffington diagnose a mental health disorder, such as bipolar disorder or depression, so that you are able to receive the treatment needed to live life to the fullest.

What does psychological testing involve?

Psychological testing involves different types of tests performed by a qualified psychologist. Only licensed clinical psychologists like Dr. Buffington are expertly trained to administer psychological testing and interpret the results.

Testing refers to formal tests, such as checklists and questionnaires. A psychological test and evaluation often incorporates different components, such as:

  • Surveys
  • Clinical interview information
  • Questionnaires
  • Records (such as medical, educational, and occupational)
  • Any other relevant records obtained from agencies and organizations
  • Personal and family history
  • Interviews with corroborative sources, such as family members or friends

In a clinical interview, Dr. Buffington observes how you think, reason, and interact. Tests for skills, such as reaction time, memory, and dexterity, can help diagnose conditions like dementia, impulse control, and brain injuries.

If you’re having trouble in work, school, or in personal relationships, testing can help Dr. Buffington to understand whether you might have problems with interpersonal skills or anger management, or whether certain personality traits contribute to the issue at hand. Some tests can specifically evaluate if you’re experiencing mental health disorders like depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or schizophrenia.

What happens after psychological testing?

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to testing and Dr. Buffington conducts personalized tests and assessments. In many cases, after your psychological testing, Dr. Buffington suggests psychotherapy, medication, and other effective treatments.

For quality psychological testing, support, and treatment, visit Buffington Family Medicine or give us a call today.