Have you heard about ADHD and are starting to wonder if the diagnosis fits for you? Do you ever wonder if your difficulty attending to challenging and tedious material or your tendency to forget things are because of ADHD or just a struggle with motivation? Has anyone ever mentioned that you seem to never be able to sit still? If so, you may be interested in an ADHD evaluation.
A diagnostic evaluation is a 1-2 hour process that will allow you to explore if the symptoms you are experiencing are the result of ADHD or something else with a provider. We will examine your symptoms, your history, and what, if any, other issues might be influencing your attention, concentration, or impulsivity. This will be done by discussing these topics with you and anyone that you may want to bring along to help more clearly examine the issues. We will also have you complete several symptom questionnaires and neurologically based measures. At the end of this session, we will consolidate all of the information gathered over the course of a week or two. We will then meet with you for a feedback session where we will share with you what diagnosis most effectively fits your current struggles and give you some recommendations for the next steps to take.
Comprehensive evaluations are best suited for students who may want to seek accommodations like extended time or a private room for testing. Comprehensive evaluations take between 6-8 hours which we typically split over the course of 2-3 days. During this time you will be sharing with your examiner the symptoms that you are experiencing, your history as well as any other pertinent information that may be causing your symptoms. You will also be conducting a variety of neurological, psychological, and cognitive measures. Some of these will be like puzzles, others will be similar to school-type tests and others will be true/false questionnaires. All of that information is then scored, interpreted, and consolidated into a report which will detail your strengths, weaknesses, diagnosis as well as highly detailed and individualized recommendations based on the results. This will be delivered to you and reviewed in a 1-2 hour feedback session.