The Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS) is a test that was designed to assess the intelligence of adults and older adolescents in order to provide them with a more directed recovery plan. In its fourth edition, it has been in use for this purpose since its original incarnation was developed in 1955.
The WAIS, and a host of other evaluation questionnaires and surveys, can be used effectively as part of a comprehensive diagnostic process. When utilized at the onset of treatment, these tools can provide a deeper understanding of the individual patient’s needs and help them to immediately begin a more directed and effective treatment plan.
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How does a measure of intelligence impact the treatment choices of Dual Diagnosis patients? In some cases, it can help to identify brain injuries after physical trauma, according to a study published in the journal the Clinical Neuropsychologist. This serves to highlight the diagnosis of other problems and to help the therapeutic team to design a more directed treatment plan to stabilize the patient and manage these symptoms effectively.
Because the neuropsychology of a patient can be impacted by a number of different issues and manifest through mental health symptoms (e.g., anger, anxiety, depression and others), identifying the underlying cause through diagnostic tools like the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale can help to create a more effective treatment program for the patient.
In addition to identifying the underlying problem that may be causing certain mental health issues or problems with function, tests like the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale can also be useful in determining progress in treatment. A study published in the journal the Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology reports that when the WAIS is used to provide a baseline for patients, it can be effectively used to monitor progress as they undergo treatment. If it is found that the patient’s symptoms are being managed well, then treatment may continue or be improved through the amplification of current services. If it is found that there is little to no change, then the treatment team may opt to alter the course of therapeutic intervention going forward.
In many cases, the presenting issue is not the only issue that must be addressed during treatment. Diagnostic tools like the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale can help to pinpoint other issues that may hinder the main focus in recovery. In this way, the treatment plan can be personalized in order to best help the patient learn how to manage all symptoms and improve their overall quality of life.
Often the best ways to manage the treatment of a patient who is struggling with multiple issues or more than one chronic disorder is to enroll them in a Dual Diagnosis treatment program. Dual Diagnosis rehabilitation programs offer the patient access to resources that will help them to progress in recovery rapidly and sustainably, gaining tools along the way to manage many co-occurring issues effectively.
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