Tests for Mental Health
Why do we need tests: psychometric tests are done to assess personality, aptitude, IQ, memory
and also assess underlying adjustment issues, depression, anxiety and ego strength.
What is tested: testing in children and adults is not only intelligence and memory but also emotional stability, reality testing and personality traits. Some tests also assess strengths and weaknesses of various attributes in an individual
How are tests conducted: the tests are usually paper and pencil types or online. They can be questions to be ticked or describing a picture. The answers are analysed and reports give. Tests often are so structured that if a client is not completely truthful it can get noticed as well on the test!
Types of tests:
Assessments for children: These include IQ tests (Indian and international), aptitude tests, tests for creativity, ADHD tests, CAT.
Assessments for adults: These include personality profiles ( MMPI, MCMI, Rorschach), differential diagnosis for mental illnesses, reality testing, and some subconscious fears and anxiety.
Assessments for cognitive impairment: These include Wechsler memory scale, Dementia scales, BG, Weshclers scales, neuropsychological batteries and geriatric assessments depending on education, level of impairment and psychological mindedness.