A careful depression assessment is the first step on your path forward.

At the NeuroDevelopment Center, we will work carefully with you to understand all of the difficulties you are facing in life and get to the bottom of your mood problem. We will take the time that is needed to understand the problem completely. A key part of the depression assessment is to identify a range of solutions that are the right ones for you. When we review the results with you, we will be sure to answer all of your questions. What matters most to us is that YOU understand the problem and the path forward. Because its only when you understand the problem that can you change it.

Many factors can contribute to a depressed mood.  These include certain medical conditions and medications, sleep problems, alcohol or drug use, stressful events, and social isolation. So it is important to look very carefully at your situation in a thorough depression assessment, to get to the root of the problem.

Diagnostic evaluation

For some, a careful diagnostic depression assessment is just what is needed. This will involve:

  • a thorough interview
  • specialized measures of social, emotional, and behavioral symptoms
  • a prompt, jargon-free report written so you understand
  • recommendations for practical steps you can take to move forward toward lasting change

Neuropsychological assessment

Many individuals with depression symptoms also have some difficulties in thinking processes and learning. A full neuropsychological assessment may be needed. We will use many different tests to look carefully at:

  • Intelligence
  • language
  • perceptual and visual-spatial abilities
  • speed of processing
  • memory
  • learning
  • attention
  • problem solving
  • conceptualization<
  • planning and organization
  • mental flexibility
  • motor skills
  • academic abilities
  • emotional ¬†and social functioning

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Are you concerned about depression symptoms? A good assessment is the right first step.

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