Psychological Assessment 101

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What Can I Learn from Testing?

People of all ages can participate in testing, although certain types of assessment are not recommended for children under age 6. Psychologists offer many different types of assessment, including psychological, educational, neuropsychological, forensic, and vocational. This blog will focus on psychological and educational testing, since these are offered at Four Corners Psychological Services. Psychological Testing – As discussed in previous blogs, psychological testing consists of interviews and test measures designed to identify mental health symptoms [...]

By |2020-07-29T15:19:25+00:00July 29th, 2020|

Non-Medication Treatments for Depression

*Please note this blog is intended to present information about treatment options for depression and relevant new research. These are not recommendations, and treatment decisions should be made by you and your healthcare provider. For some individuals with depression, finding the proper medication regimen can be nearly impossible. The depression may be so severe that medication alone is simply insufficient, or the side effects of medication make compliance an ongoing struggle. Some individuals have tried [...]

By |2020-07-14T14:01:14+00:00July 14th, 2020|

Biggest Stressors in America in 2020

The American Psychological Association (APA) has conducted an annual study for decades on stress in America. This year, their study coincided with the COVID-19 pandemic, which captured the specific stressors related to this unprecedented situation. Not surprisingly, two prominent findings from this year’s study were parental stress and pessimism about the future. During the pandemic, most schools transitioned to remote learning, leaving parents responsible for overseeing their child’s or children’s education from home. At the [...]

By |2020-06-28T13:42:04+00:00June 28th, 2020|

Rejection Sensitivity

For many individuals with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), there is increased sensitivity to feelings of rejection, which is appropriately named, “rejection sensitivity.” This could be outright rejection (such as a child being told that no one wants to play with him) or perceived rejection (such as misinterpreting a friend saying they’re busy as purposefully avoiding you). In either event, the feelings of rejection can feel more intense for individuals with ADHD and lead to emotional distress. [...]

By |2020-06-16T13:16:20+00:00June 16th, 2020|

Should I Tell My Child Their Diagnosis?

Consider this scenario: You’ve noticed for a while that your child is not learning the way others do. It takes them longer to do homework and they can’t seem to grasp certain educational concepts. Their grades are suffering and you’ve been wondering if maybe there was an underlying reason for your child’s struggles. You pursue an educational evaluation, and the results show that your child does in fact have a learning disorder or ADHD. How [...]

By |2020-05-19T14:45:01+00:00May 19th, 2020|