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My Psychiatrist wants me to have psychological testing done. She said that it would be done on a computer, and could take as long as 3-4 hours???!!! Has anyone ever had this done? If so, how accurate are they? 

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I just finished psychological testing last week but it wasn't on a computer. I filled out some anxiety questionnaires, did the ink blot test and the MMPI. I don't have the results yet. Maybe your pdoc is talking about the MMPI, which is about 550 true or false questions. I did mine on paper. My pdoc and therapist wanted me to do it as I'm having trouble working and thinking of filing for disability.

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My psychiatrist referred me to a "neuropsychologist" to have testing done a few years ago....It did take quite a while, about 5-6 hours, if I remember correctly.........

I did the inkblot test and MMPI, like @kittyloaf did, plus some anxiety and depression questionnaires.....But I also did some tests on a computer, too, to test attention span.

Additionally, I did some kind of a test where they show you images of objects on cards, and you have to name the object accurately.......And another test where they show you images of people on paper, and you are supposed to describe what you think the people are doing.......I'm not sure of the names of these last two tests.

In my particular case, the neuropsychologist and my pdoc pretty much agreed that I had severe anxiety, severe depression, and severe OCD, but the neuro-doctor's opinion was that I had ADD, too, and my pdoc didn't agree with that one.

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Texas Gal -

Psychological testing isn't like a blood test - it doesn't measure you and detect an absolute result like an identifiable bacteria in your bloodstream. Psychological testing provides your psychological/psychiatric care team a series of controlled, carefully targeted insights into your mental landscape. Think of it as a way of tuning out the random static that is in all of our brains for a short while, to help you and your team focus on some very specific questions about personality, drive, motivation, concentration, where your brain lands among the types of intelligences, where it sorts out between feeling and calculating, and a whole raft of other things that can be measured.

It's pretty painless, actually.

But here's the important thing: No, the really important thing: No, I mean it - the really-really-important-or-it-won't-work thing: You have to be completely honest with every question on every test. You can't let yourself overthink it. You can't let yourself second-guess it. You can't let yourself try to figure out what you think they want you to say. You can't try to game the tests in any way. And there's no need to at all, because they're completely harmless and non-judgmental, but some people (like my daughter :brooding: ) just can't seem to take it at face value, and the result is that the evaluations end up not being as useful as they might have been.

Personally, I've always looked forward to such testing, because it gives me a chance to understand a part of myself, to find the answers to questions I constantly ruminate over. I hope you find them as useful as I have.

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I did that test long ago in a state hospital. Nothing new was learned but they got a definite confirmation I guess. Not that observation for over 8 months wasn't enough?! 

Anyway, yes it is long and hard to sit there and pay attention for that long when you are that ill. At least I had trouble. I hope you do not. I don't think you will. Most do not have any.

They also did some short interviewing when I first arrived and I'll never forget. The pdoc asked me what different like sayings or phrases meant. I couldn't clearly explain one of them. I was embarrassed because I felt so dumb! I remember one was something about people living in glass houses shouldn't throw stones or something?! (had to look that up just now haha, I hope that is right). Well, I don't remember what I said but it made no sense. I am embarrassed to admit I still don't understand those sayings. My IQ has suffered from my illness. 

The test is not hard itself. Just do your best and don't think too hard and go with your instinct. It will be ok. It might even help your pdoc with diagnoses or therapy suggestions. It is good that your Dr is being thourough. 

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3 hours ago, CrazyRedhead said:

My psychiatrist referred me to a "neuropsychologist" to have testing done a few years ago....It did take quite a while, about 5-6 hours, if I remember correctly.........

I did the inkblot test and MMPI, like @kittyloaf did, plus some anxiety and depression questionnaires.....But I also did some tests on a computer, too, to test attention span.

Additionally, I did some kind of a test where they show you images of objects on cards, and you have to name the object accurately.......And another test where they show you images of people on paper, and you are supposed to describe what you think the people are doing.......I'm not sure of the names of these last two tests.

In my particular case, the neuropsychologist and my pdoc pretty much agreed that I had severe anxiety, severe depression, and severe OCD, but the neuro-doctor's opinion was that I had ADD, too, and my pdoc didn't agree with that one.

so did they treat add or no

3 hours ago, Wonderful.Cheese said:

I did that test long ago in a state hospital. Nothing new was learned but they got a definite confirmation I guess. Not that observation for over 8 months wasn't enough?! 

Anyway, yes it is long and hard to sit there and pay attention for that long when you are that ill. At least I had trouble. I hope you do not. I don't think you will. Most do not have any.

They also did some short interviewing when I first arrived and I'll never forget. The pdoc asked me what different like sayings or phrases meant. I couldn't clearly explain one of them. I was embarrassed because I felt so dumb! I remember one was something about people living in glass houses shouldn't throw stones or something?! (had to look that up just now haha, I hope that is right). Well, I don't remember what I said but it made no sense. I am embarrassed to admit I still don't understand those sayings. My IQ has suffered from my illness. 

The test is not hard itself. Just do your best and don't think too hard and go with your instinct. It will be ok. It might even help your pdoc with diagnoses or therapy suggestions. It is good that your Dr is being thourough. 

how was it used for u or for anyone else

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Thank you everyone. My psych did say I would have an interview beforehand and fill out questionnaires as well as the computerized true/ false test. I am quiet nervous about taking these tests as I did not know what to expect.  I have my testing next Monday. I’m having a lot of anxiety..... like, what if they find out something about me and it disappoints my psych. I really like her, as I feel she understands me. 😢

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I did it. MMpI type thing, rorshash and facial recognition and stuff. Cost me a fortune and they kept promising to send me the written results but never did. The guy told me the results verbally but i was in shock and i dont remember. I would really like to know what they wrote about it but it was 10 years ago and on the other side of the world.

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13 hours ago, looking for answers said:

so did they treat add or no

Nope.....My pdoc didn't think I had ADD.

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My psychiatrist strongly insisted I get something like this done about ten years ago. It cost NZD$900 for about 3-4 hours of testing and was the most money I’ve ever wasted on something. All results confirmed I’m mostly normal, haha, I’ve still got the report with details of the tests I took somewhere. It didn’t even have an IQ test, I went to Mensa for that.

 

Hope it turns out useful to you...

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