Posts Tagged ‘FAQs’

Online Mental Health Screenings

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 09:04 AM  posted by Dr. Siders

There are many online tests out there, including mental health screenings.  Some online mental health screenings are meant to sell you things.  Not necessarily bad things.  For example, some online memory tests are designed to sell you brain training software, some of which may assist people with retaining brain capabilities as they age.

Other online screenings are meant to expose you to advertising.  Still others just want to make you aware of a condition and its symptoms.  While the latter is a good goal, it’s important to remember that online screening tools are no substitute for seeing your doctor, psychologist, or neuropsychologist.  If you’re having any sort of symptoms, seek medical help.

Still, since screenings can be educational, and scoring an interesting result on an online screening can encourage people to see their doctors, psychologists, or neuropsychologists for professional screening, I’m posting this link to Mental Health America’s online screenings.  They include screenings for:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Psychosis
  • Eating Disorder
  • PTSD
  • Alcohol and Substance Use
  • Childhood Emotional Disturbances

Please use these screenings responsibly and do not assume that if you score well on a screening that you do not need to speak to a professional.  If you have any questions, please see a professional.

Finding out you have a mental health issue may seem scary at first, but it is better to find out early, so you can get help early.  Often doctors and psychologists can help prevent a condition from stopping you from reaching your true potential in life.

Check out the screenings here:

https://screening.mentalhealthamerica.net/screening-tools/?show=1&ref=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.mentalhealthamerica.net%2Fabout-mha-screening&ipiden=4814b4e3990d7553c61ad98191a5560c

Kick Your Mental Health Up a Notch

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 @ 08:03 AM  posted by Dr. Siders

If you read through my blogs, you’ll find various tips for improving your mental health.  Things like:

But these tips are all inside articles dealing with other, more specific topics.  I’ve been wanting to take some time to add more tips to help people cultivate mental health in general.  Some of these tips may seem like common sense to some people, but for others, they might be surprising.  For example:

  • Eat a healthy diet
  • Exercise regularly
  • Spend time with friends often.  A strong social support network (in person, not in social media) has been shown to boost mental health
  • Take breaks regularly to refresh your mind
  • Do a hobby or something else you enjoy at least once a week
  • Take time to enjoy small moments, or “live in the moment”

Tips  like that.  Helpful reminders.  And then I saw this article, which does a great job of summarizing many ideas for encouraging mental health.   So I thought I’d share it.  I hope you enjoy it!

http://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/31-tips-boost-your-mental-health

Memory Problems: Normal Aging, or Something Else?

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 @ 07:06 AM  posted by Dr. Siders

We can all think of times when we could just not remember something that seemed so simple.  It is well known that some age-related memory decline is normal.  In fact, there are some areas of brain functioning that can begin to decline as early as age 25.  Sometimes, a memory failure can be scary.  Is it a sign of early Alzheimer’s disease or some other problem, or is it just a “senior moment?”  Is an evaluation needed?

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I Was Referred for a Neuropsychological Evaluation. What’s Next?

Saturday, April 12, 2014 @ 05:04 AM  posted by Dr. Siders

Your doctor referred you for neuropsychological testing so you can be evaluated by a specialist trained to get detailed measures of your brain functioning. There are several reasons why your doctor may want measures of your brain functioning:

What is Neuropsychology and What Can It Do for Me?

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 @ 05:04 PM  posted by Dr. Siders

Neuropsychology is the study of the relationship between brain function and behavior.  Neuropsychological evaluations begin with assessment, where you do tasks that test the different key areas of your brain.  After we interpret the tests, we get to know your brain functioning in detail and can figure out what parts of the brain are working fine and what parts are not.  We use that information to make individually tailored recommendations which help make your treatments work better by teaching you how to rely more on the parts of your brain that are still functioning properly.  

Neuropsychology includes assessment, interpretation of results, education, and customized treatment.

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