A psychological evaluation can be helpful in diagnosing and treating ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities (LD), anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), depression, and other emotional, intellectual, or academic challenges.  A formal psychological evaluation is necessary in obtaining academic accommodations.

A psychological evaluation involves gathering information via validated psychological tests, clinical interviews, review of records, consultation with other professionals (e.g., psychologists, psychiatrists, teachers), and direct observations (for example, a child may be observed in a classroom setting).