Mental Health and Neuro-Developmental Disorders
Most people will struggle with a mental health difficulty at some point in their lives and it can be very difficult to find help. Individuals who experience a neuro-developmental disorder such as autism or ADHD are much more likely to also suffer with mental health difficulties. This is because it can be stressful to live with these conditions and difficult for others to understand how to help. Long term stress tends to develop into a mental health difficulty without the correct support.
Diagnosis and Formulation
A simple diagnosis (label) of a mental health difficulty is not always helpful. In contrast, a psychological ‘formulation’ is an explanation of your difficulties which uses expert psychological theory. A formulation will help you understand what has led to your difficulties, what’s maintaining them and what might help you to overcome them. It should naturally lead to recommendations about treatments which suit you and your specific problem. A psychological formulation will be developed alongside you and will make sense of your experiences from your perspective.
Cerebro Ltd will ensure you receive a psychological formulation when you have an assessment with us, not just a label for your problem.
Mental health difficulties can manifest in a number of ways such as substance addiction, family problems and relationship difficulties. Having a full psychological formulation can help you understand patterns in your life and how to overcome them. When we complete assessments for neuro-developmental disorders such as autism or ADHD we will always complete a full assessment of any mental health problems you may have experienced. Likewise, when we complete assessments for mental health difficulties, we will always screen for possible undiagnosed neuro-developmental disorders and recommend further assessment where appropriate. Mental health problems we are able to assess and formulate for include:
- Depression and low mood
- Anxiety, panic and phobias
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and hoarding behaviour
- Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Psychosis or paranoia
- Complicated grief and loss
- Problems with relationships and managing feelings such as anger, jealousy or insecurity
- Disordered eating or body image issues
For further information about our services and pricing for mental health assessments please see our services and pricing pages.