Psychological Assessment 101

/Psychological Assessment 101

When is it Time for Testing?

Psychological Evaluations: Far more people seek therapy than psychological testing. Most issues can be addressed sufficiently by participating in therapy, and in some cases, taking medication. However, there are several occasions when the need for testing can arise. Some emotional issues are more “straightforward,” such as depression following the loss of a job or a relationship. Other emotional issues can be more complicated, such as when multiple emotional issues are present or when a person [...]

By |2019-07-13T23:32:32+00:00July 13th, 2019|

Trends in Teen Suicides

Colorado is a community that has been shaken by teen suicides over the past several years. In 2017, the Centers for Disease Control ranked Colorado 11th in the nation for most teen suicides, and in 2018, Kaiser found Colorado ranked 9th out of 50 states. While Colorado does not rank in the top 5 of states with the highest number of teen suicides, several Western states are on this list (including our neighbors, Wyoming and Utah). In [...]

By |2019-06-30T14:02:49+00:00June 30th, 2019|

LGBTQ+ Teens

June is Pride Month, a time to show support for the LGBTQ+ community and celebrate diverse identities. Teens today are increasingly identifying with the LGBTQ+ community and they report being more sexually and gender diverse than previous generations. As a quick lesson – sexual and gender identity are two different concepts that are unrelated. Sexrefers to one’s biological sex (boy or girl) based on chromosomes and reproductive characteristics. Genderrefers to one’s felt and/or expressed sense [...]

By |2019-06-30T21:04:24+00:00June 19th, 2019|

How Childhood Bullying Affects Adulthood

Unfortunately, bullying is a reality many children and adolescents face. While bullying can be devastating at the time, new research has examined the lifelong impact of being bullied as a child or teen. Bullying can include name calling, excluding others from social groups, stealing others’ possessions, and threatening physical harm. In a study of 7000 teens, approximately half were victims of bullying. Not surprisingly, being bullied impacted their mental health – 40% of the victims [...]

By |2019-06-04T18:45:26+00:00June 3rd, 2019|

How Does the US View Mental Health?

May is national Mental Health Month. This month focuses attention on mental health and wellness, as well as supporting those who struggle with mental health disorders. For some, being open about their mental health or emotional problems can be very uncomfortable. They may have been raised in a family where feelings or personal problems should be kept to themselves, or they may be concerned about how their friends, family, and co-workers will perceive them if [...]

By |2019-05-22T14:01:26+00:00May 22nd, 2019|