Psychophysiological Assessment

When assessing patients with mental health disorders, it is essential to gather information using a variety of sources in order to make the correct diagnosis, plan an effective intervention approach, and assess treatment outcomes. Self-report methods and behavioral observations provide valuable information regarding a patient’s disorder. Psychophysiological assessment techniques provide valuable nonsubjective data pertaining to the presenting problem that complement these other assessment approaches.

Psychophysiological assessment involves measurement of body functions affected by central and peripheral nervous system activity. Recent advances in technology have provided numerous tools that allow one to detect various physiological parameters pertinent for assessing and understanding the etiology of various mental health disorders. When employing psychophysiological assessment, it is important to draw a distinction between tonic and phasic measurement. Tonic measurement involves ...

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