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Bipolar Disorder Assessment
Have you found yourself wondering... Do I have Bipolar Disorder?
Perhaps you find yourself wondering, will I ever find stability in my emotions and life? Why do my feelings always feel like such a rollercoaster? You feel on top of the world. You feel devastated. Irritable. Hopeless. Hopeful. Sometimes it might feel like everyone is against you. At times, it might feel like you want to jump out of your own skin. Other times, it might feel like you are an unstoppable force of nature. Why can’t I seem to get it together?
Is this normal, or am I overreacting?
Maybe you’ve been wondering your whole life whether Bipolar Disorder might fit your experience. Perhaps others have wondered this about you as well. It might even run in your family. However you’ve gotten here, you’ve come to the right place. We can help you find answers. Polaris Psychology offers comprehensive psychological assessment, tailored to your unique needs to help you get the answers you need to move forward.
What is a Bipolar Disorder assessment?
A Bipolar Disorder assessment, also referred to as a psychological evaluation for Bipolar Disorder, is a thorough and comprehensive psychological assessment designed to understand your individual circumstances and determine whether you meet diagnostic criteria for bipolar disorder.
This is a comprehensive evaluation administered by a highly qualified clinical psychologist with expertise in diagnostics. The main goal is to gain a profound understanding of an individual’s cognitive and emotional functioning, behaviors, and overall psychological well-being in the context of bipolar disorder.
Could it be something other than Bipolar Disorder?
Like with all formal comprehensive psychological evaluations, there is overlap between the diagnosis in question (bipolar disorder) and other diagnoses with similar features. This is what makes our practice’s evaluations comprehensive. We assess whether your experience is best captured by the diagnosis/diagnoses in question or if there are other diagnostic labels that could better describe things. There are many things that can overlap with bipolar disorder, or co-occur. Our evaluations will look at the many different puzzle pieces of your life to help best determine whether it is bipolar disorder.
Bipolar disorder assessments to fit your unique journey
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Where does the assessment happen?
At our practice, we go above and beyond to ensure your bipolar disorder evaluation experience is both seamless and tailored to your needs. We understand that distance can be a barrier. That’s why we offer the flexibility of traveling to a location near you, bringing our expertise right to your doorstep. But that’s not all – we also want to make the process as comfortable as possible for you. That’s why we’ve made parts of the assessment, such as the comprehensive intake and feedback session, available for remote participation, so you can complete them from the cozy confines of your own home. With our commitment to accessibility and convenience, your path to understanding and support becomes that much smoother.
The Bipolar Assessment Process
Step 1: Begin Your Bipolar Disorder Assessment Dialogue
Reach out to initiate a conversation focused on the bipolar disorder assessment process. Schedule your free initial consultation to discuss how our assessment services can cater to your specific needs. Click here to schedule some time on my calendar today.
Step 2: Embark on the Bipolar Disorder Diagnostic Journey
Your assessment journey involves a thorough exploration of your personal history and current life situation. Understanding the breadth of your experiences is vital for identifying signs consistent with bipolar disorder.
Step 3: Complete Your Bipolar Disorder Testing Suite
Engage in various assessments that evaluate your mood, behavior, and cognitive patterns. These tests are critical for discerning the complexities of bipolar disorder.
Step 4: Synthesize Findings with Professional Expertise
We combine the detailed results from your assessments with clinical expertise. The synthesis of this data is a testament to the value of a skilled testing psychologist in diagnosing bipolar disorder. (See more in the FAQ Section below)
Step 5: Bipolar Disorder Evaluation Feedback with Dr. Amanda Mead
In a feedback session, we’ll interpret the findings of your bipolar disorder assessment. This conversation, held via video or phone, allows for a comprehensive understanding of the results and a discussion of potential treatment paths.
Step 6: Discover Your Strengths Beyond Bipolar Disorder
The conclusion of your assessment process highlights your unique strengths and how they can be harnessed in your treatment plan. With your consent, Dr. Mead can facilitate the sharing of your evaluation with other treatment providers.
Frequently Asked Questions
Clinical psychologists specializing in psychological assessment possess unique, extensive experience, rigorous training, and ongoing supervision, making them uniquely qualified to conduct formal psychological evaluations. Unlike a cursory understanding gained from a brief workshop, these professionals have dedicated years at the highest level of psychological training to mastering the intricate nuances involved in interpreting diverse data gathered during the assessment. Their expertise enables them to analyze and synthesize complex information, draw accurate conclusions, and provide comprehensive insights into an individual’s psychological functioning. Trusting a clinical psychologist for a formal psychological evaluation ensures that the assessment is conducted with the highest level of professionalism, expertise, and ethical standards, resulting in accurate and meaningful findings that can guide treatment decisions and foster personal growth.
You are worth the investment.
A comprehensive psychological evaluation for bipolar disorder is an investment of time, energy, and money. The cost for a $6,985, which covers the cost of the clinical interview, testing, the comprehensive written report, and the feedback session.
Investing in a comprehensive psychological evaluation for bipolar disorder is a valuable tool that can support your mental health journey by providing professional analysis. Our comprehensive assessments allow for the considerable complexity that often develops in the assessment process and can adapt with you in examining your unique qualities.
Psychological assessment can also help you identify in a comprehensive, in-depth way what your strengths and weaknesses are, what your challenges are, and how to most effectively help you overcome your challenges, without the years of trial and error.
Comprehensive diagnostic evaluations are also an investment on my end as a testing psychologist. I bring all of my training, experience, heart, and soul to thoroughly investigate your experience and your story, carefully documenting it all in one comprehensive report. As I wholeheartedly dedicate myself to delivering these evaluations, I kindly ask for your reciprocal commitment and investment.
In order to best serve you and your unique needs for a psychological assessment, we are not currently accepting insurance. By not accepting insurance, we are able to fully invest our time, energy, training, and expertise in best serving and understanding you and your unique needs without limitation. This means we can spend however much time might be needed to best evaluate, understand, and provide for you.
Depending on your personal preferences and insurance plan, you may be able to use your insurance provider to pursue full or partial reimbursement for our services as an “out-of-network provider”. We can provide you with documentation to seek reimbursement for these assessments.
The assessment process encompasses structured interviews, a battery of standardized tests, and systematic observations specifically tailored to assess key aspects of bipolar disorder, including social communication skills, sensory sensitivities, repetitive behaviors, and other relevant traits.
The assessment process is designed to provide in-depth insights into an individual’s unique profile and whether it aligns with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder, identifying cognitive strengths and challenges. These findings serve as a foundation for tailored treatment planning, enabling the development of individualized recommendations and strategies aimed at improving overall well-being and personal growth, whether it is within the context of bipolar disorder or other diagnoses that may better capture one’s experience and presentation.
Ultimately, this formalized, comprehensive bipolar disorder psychological assessment serves as a critical tool to enhance our understanding of an individual’s specific needs, enabling informed decisions and interventions to support mental health and quality of life.
Consider bringing something to drink and eat. As testing is several hours long, we want you to be comfortable throughout this process!
Possibly. Psychological assessments are focused on evaluating you and finding the best ways to describe what is happening in your life. This often does involve finding a diagnosis or diagnoses that best capture your experience. However, it is important to consider that evaluations are focused on evaluating you and if fitting, giving you a diagnosis. A diagnosis is not guaranteed, but they are often a product of an evaluation.
Typically, the report is finalized within four weeks after our final meeting.