Kurt Andrew Weber, Ph.D.
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Diagnosis of Axis I and Axis II Disorders
The DSM uses a multiaxial or multidimensional approach to diagnosing psychological disorders.
Axis I: Clinical Syndromes
What is typically thought of as the diagnosis (e.g., anxiety disorders, mood disorders including depression, schizophrenia, social phobia, etc.)
Axis II: Developmental Disorders and Personality Disorders
Developmental disorders include autism and mental retardation, disorders which are typically first evident in childhood ; personality disorders are clinical syndromes which are generally more enduring and thoroughly impact the individual's way of interacting with the world. They include Paranoid, Dependent, Narcissistic, Histrionic, Obsessive-Compulsive, Schizoid, Paranoid, Schizotypal, Antisocial, and Borderline Personality Disorders.
Diagnosis of Learning Disabilities -- Measurement of Intelligence -- Personality Assessment
Diagnosis of Learning Disabilities
I have been a practicing professional in psychological assessment since beginning a practicum placement in the St. Mary's University Counseling and Testing Center (San Antonio, Texas) under the supervision of Dr. Barbara Hardin, a licensed psychologist specializing in assessment. In addition, I am the person responsible for the initial review of documentation submitted in support of requests for academic accommodations at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas.The diagnosis of a learning disability, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-IV), is a significant difference between one's intelligence test scores (from the administration of the appropriate Wechsler inventory) and one's scores on a test of achievement (the Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement). The three learning disabilities are
Disorder of Written Expression, and
- Mathematics Disorder.
The diagnosis of dyslexia is also made through the same testing procedures with an emphasis on several elements of the Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement. In addition, the assessment of the negative impact of other disorders, most prominently attention-deficit disorder (with or without hyperactivity) on the cognitive and intellectual functioning of the examinee, is done with these inventories.
Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children, and the
Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale.
To view a sample report which includes the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (third edition), as well as the Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Cognitive Ability and Tests of Achievement (third edition), click here.
To view a sample report which includes the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (third edition), as well as the Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Cognitive Ability and Tests of Achievement (third edition), click here.
Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (second edition) (MMPI-2)Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory (third edition) (MCMI-III)
California Psychological Inventory
Strong Interest Inventory
Campbell Interest and Skills Survey
Myers-Briggs Type Indicator
- (and many others...)