Scope And Attributes Of Comprehensive Assessment

Three broad categories of processes require psychological evaluation in cases of known or suspected substance abuse: cognition, emotion, and behavior. A disturbance in one domain may or may not involve a disturbance in another. For instance, among individuals with a substance use disorder, some are disturbed emotionally, whereas others primarily have a cognitive disorder. Hence, within a given diagnostic category, there is substantial heterogeneity in the population with respect to the profile of psychological disturbance. A major task is therefore to ascertain what processes are disturbed, the severity of disturbance, and the relationships among the various components of psychological functioning.

Importantly, the pattern of psychological disturbance is related to the type of facility in which the individual is obtaining treatment. For example, patients with alcohol use disorder in a gastroenterology service typically manifest less severe emotional disorder and present with better social adjustment than individuals treated in psychiatric facilities (Ewusi-Mensah, Saunders, & Williams, 1984). In contrast, patients with chronic liver disease are more likely to suffer acute and chronic hepatic encephalopathy compared to persons admitted to psychiatric facilities. Clinicians must therefore be cognizant of the general characteristics of the population from which their clients are drawn in order to design the most informative examination.

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