No single test can definitively prove whether someone has ADHD. For most, a thorough assessment can provide concrete explanations for past and present difficulties at school, work and at home. In cases in which it is determined that an individual does not have ADHD, the assessment can be helpful to clarify the difficulties a person has been facing and to determine what sort of referrals to pursue.
We conduct a comprehensive evaluation which includes a thorough history of a person’s functioning since childhood, current symptoms and functioning and medical history. We also evaluate for the presence of co-morbid conditions that may accompany ADHD such as anxiety, depression, and substance use. Adiitionally, standardized ADHD behavior checklists and symptom rating scales are used to help specify problematic behaviors in childhood and in adulthood. Ratings from others whom have observed the patient’s behavior in different settings also are used to provide additional information.
The initial evaluation will take 60-90 mins which includes a diagnostic evaluation and completion of rating scales. Approximately one week following the assessment, a 45 minute feedback session will provide results and treatment recommendations. If the results are conclusive, we schedule and appointment and meet with our psychiatrist to complete the evaluation and finalize the treatment plan. Even when it is concluded that the presenting problems are not the result of ADHD, treatment options and appropriate referrals are offered in order to assist individuals in getting the help that they need. A written report summarizing the results and recommendations from the comprehensive evaluation will be mailed to you within 2 weeks.