Of the tens of thousands of Americans struggling with mental health issues and addiction, very few receive the comprehensive help they need. There are many reasons that this is so often the case. While many individuals have some awareness that they are having difficulty with such issues, they may not feel that they can afford help, they may not be ready to pursue treatment, or perhaps they just don’t know where to start. Others are in a more precarious position: they may not fully understand all of the ways and the extent to which their mental health or substance use problem has created an impact on their relationships, health, and functioning across settings. In these cases, undergoing mental health testing is critical to building insight and establishing a course for treatment. By determining whether or not there are problematic consequences of poor mental health in one’s life, as well as the nature and degree of those consequences, patients can begin to understand their mental and physical health needs better. This is where GIA’s mental health testing program comes in. If you are worried that you or someone you care about has a problem, GIA Miami is here to help.
Mental Health Testing at GIA Miami
In order to understand GIA’s extensive mental health testing program, it is essential to understand what a behavioral phenotype is. The term “deep behavioral phenotype” — which is also sometimes called a “behavioral fingerprint” — refers to all of the observable behavioral characteristics of a person that define their personality. These behavioral characteristics, which depend on our biology, genes, and the environment, make each one of us unique. And clinicians at GIA Miami are particularly interested in creating a behavioral phenotype for each patient because this sort of diagnostic testing can significantly contribute to guiding our long-term treatment strategy for individuals struggling with mental health and addiction issues.
The licensed psychologists at GIA are able to conduct individualized psychological assessments of this kind to assess the following areas of functioning:
- Neuropsychological functioning
- Interpersonal functioning
- Behavioral functioning
- Emotional functioning
- Quality of life
- Strengths and Limitations
In this way, the GIA Miami team can provide the client with accurate psychiatric diagnoses utilizing the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, which assists in formulating individualized therapy programs.
Why Mental Health Testing Matters for Our Patients
When we think of treating mental health issues, we tend to think of interventions that occur only after an individual has had a complete breakdown. Likewise, when we think of addiction therapy, we tend to think of interventions that occur when an individual’s substance use has gotten out of control. And this is with good reason. Not only do stories that center on mental wellness and addiction often focus on this part of the healing process, but these types of interventions are common and extremely important.
At GIA, we’re exploring every evidence-based method of preventing, assessing, and diagnosing substance use disorders and mental issues. One of the most important of these diagnostic tools is our mental health testing program. These kinds of extensive psychological diagnostics are just as important as direct interventions in the sense that they allow us to further personalize our treatment strategy and target specific aspects of an individual’s behavior that leads to both mental issues and addictive behavior. By having a comprehensive understanding of each patient’s behavioral phenotype, we can gain a much better understanding of the trajectory of their mental health, and in this way, design therapy programs that are more likely to result in long-term mental and physical well-being.
Learn More at GIA Miami Today
If you or someone you care about is struggling with mental wellness issues or addiction, the world-renowned medical team at GIA is here to give you the highest quality therapeutic approaches available, from medical detox to cognitive-behavioral therapy, telehealth, mental health testing, and educational outreach. Our diagnostic team is always working to bring scientific influence to your mental and physical wellness and to help design solutions customized to your individual needs. To learn more, reach out to GIA Miami online today, or call 833.713.0828.