Psychological testing without family interviews?
July 6, 2010 7:55 PM Subscribe
How are psychological/psychiatric assessments conducted when there is no family available for history interviews?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (11 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm considering having a full psychological/psychiatric assessment done, specifically for a possible ADHD/impulse control issue, and I know that a significant part of such assessments includes family history interviews to create a snapshot of the patient in childhood (or before age 6, my PNP said).
That makes sense. But I'm wondering what assessors do when there is no family to ask. I have no immediate family members left who spent time with me as a child, and I moved away from home so long ago I have no ties at all to anyone who taught me or cared for me when I was young. There's no one I can dig up. Really. I promise.
In that situation, what would an assessor do? How would that part of the testing be completed? Would it mean that the assessment couldn't be done, or what? And yes, of course I'd ask the practitioner, but I'd like some informal information before I proceed.