Mental health assessments are comprehensive evaluations conducted by a qualified psychological or psychiatric professional designed to assess an individual's psychological, behavioral, and emotional well-being. At Community Psychiatric Centers, we provide comprehensive psychiatric and psychological evaluations by referral to help diagnose and treat various childhood mental health and behavioral issues. Dr. John Carosso has over 30 years of experience as a licensed Child Clinical Psychologist and is the Clinical Director of Community Psychiatric Centers. Dr. Robert Lowenstein is a Board Certified Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatrist who has served as Medical Director of Community Psychiatrist Centers treatment programs. Dr. Lowenstein has practiced psychiatry for 46 years.
Emotional and Behavioral Symptoms
Community Psychiatric Centers can expertly diagnose a wide variety of emotional and behavioral symptoms, including:
- Autism spectrum disorders
- Oppositional disorders
- Depression and anxiety
- Attention deficit and over-activity
- OCD spectrum disorders
- Post-traumatic disorder
- Reactive attachment disorder
- Developmental delays
- Intellectual disability delays
Mental health assessments can consist of several types of administered tests. They can include a psychiatric and psychological evaluation, developmental evaluation (to assess progress with childhood developmental milestones), psychoeducational evaluation (to detect learning disabilities and eligibility for special education), neuropsychological evaluation (to assess brain and visual-motor functioning), psychosexual evaluation (to determine if sexual abuse has occurred), ADHD testing, and Individualized Education Plan testing (IEP for educational performance). Dr. Carosso and Dr. Lowenstein at Community Psychiatric Centers also conduct professional assessments regarding parental separation and divorce stress for court-ordered custody issues.
Preparing your child for a mental health assessment is important, as this experience may be stressful or confusing and create anxiety. Talk to your child about testing, and reassure them there is nothing “wrong” with them. Explain to your child that many adolescents undergo mental health evaluations to understand how they learn, think, and deal with emotions. Schedule the evaluation around sports activities and field trips, so they do not miss out on important activities. Ensure your child gets a good night’s sleep in the evening before the evaluation, so they can pay attention and perform optimally during the test. It is also essential that the child eats a healthy meal before the evaluation, so they can pay attention and think clearly.
Contact Us Today
Following the mental health evaluation at Community Psychiatric Centers, Dr. Carosso or Dr. Lowenstein will present available treatment options and develop a personalized action plan to ensure your child can get the care and support that they need to grow into healthy, happy, and productive individuals. If you are interested in a mental health evaluation, please get in touch with one of our offices and make an appointment today. Call our Pittsburg office at (412) 241-5437, Greensburg and Monessen at (724) 850-7200, North Hills, Monroeville and McCandless, PA at (412) 372-8000..