There are myriad emotional and developmental changes following adolescence that can result in unrelenting, overwhelming stress or the initial stages of mental illness.
If you are a young adult who’s struggling, or if you know one who is, our Assessment for Young Adults can help uncover the underlying causes of your behaviors and provide a direction for the most appropriate treatment. Even more importantly, the insights you’ll gain during the assessment can increase your motivation to take healthy action.
Do you find yourself avoiding work or class? Have your grades been falling? Are you isolating yourself from others, or having trouble with your relationships? Are you drinking too much or using substances? These are often among the first signs of concern.
With our Assessment for Young Adults ages 18 to 30, we can help point you in the right direction so that you can achieve the life you yearn for.
The Assessment Process
Our week-long (Monday – Friday) assessment is a collaborative process that allows you and your family to understand the medical, emotional and environmental factors that are affecting your life.
The assessment can easily be tailored to:
- Learning disabilities, attention deficit or autism spectrum disorder that may have been previously overlooked
- Mood disorders, including depression and bipolar disorder
- Anxiety disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder and posttraumatic stress disorder
- Emerging thought disorders, including schizophrenia
- Substance use and addiction (plus, behavior addictions like gaming and spending)
- Personality disorders, including borderline personality disorder and narcissistic personality disorder
- Sexual and gender identity
- Eating disorders and nutrition
- Compulsive behaviors
- Excessive spending or other risky behaviors
- Clarity about vocational goals
- Relationship problems
includes a psychiatrist, psychologist and therapist, as well as other specialists specifically chosen based on your unique needs. Our team members are skilled at engaging young adults in treatment and working with families. At the end of the assessment week, they will present their findings to you with compassion and respect.
The assessment includes:
- Genetic testing, brain MRI, labs, drug screen and physical exam
- Two sessions with the psychiatrist
- One session with the parents and the psychiatrist
- One session with the psychologist as well as standardized psychological testing
- Four individual sessions with the lead therapist
- One session with the parents and the lead therapist
- Interviews with your current or past clinicians and review of past records
- Two-hour meeting with the psychiatrist and lead therapist to review the diagnostic results and treatment recommendations
- A written executive summary (about 12 – 15 pages) including case formulation, diagnoses and recommendations for treatment and referrals for next steps
In addition, specialty consultations and evaluations may be needed to complete your assessment. These might include:
- Academic or neuropsychological (IQ) testing
- Addiction and compulsive behavior assessment
- Anxiety assessment
- Developmental testing
- Eating disorder and nutritional evaluation
- Pharmacology review
- Sexual health assessment
- Suicidality or self-injury assessment
- Structured clinical interviews
- Trauma assessment
- Vocational assessment
We’ve found that young adults often report an increased willingness to engage in treatment after participating in our assessment, while families often describe having a deeper understanding of their young adult and feel relieved to have a plan to help them move forward.
Scheduling a Young Adult Assessment
Interested in an assessment for young adults? Call us at 713-275-5400