An ADHD evaluation is a process in which an individual is assessed for the presence or absence of ADHD symptoms such as the ability to focus, concentrate, verbal and nonverbal memory, and processing speed. It involves a thorough review of current symptoms and the way they affect functioning, a thorough history of childhood symptoms, and a screening for other diagnoses. It also includes consultation with family members and school staff.
In addition, the clinician will use rating scales to assess the impact of these symptoms on the patient’s daily life. The clinician will also review the patient’s medical history and personal history to determine whether the symptoms are related to a specific learning disability. Further evaluations will be required to rule out other psychiatric disorders.
Once the assessment is completed, the clinician will discuss the findings with the patient and family. During the feedback session, you will discuss the results, a diagnosis (if warranted), and make recommendations for treatment. The clinician spends generous time discussing treatment options and answering questions. If there are concerns regarding the diagnosis, additional testing may be needed to determine if learning disabilities are a factor. If the diagnosis is confirmed, the parents will be given further information on the treatment options and resources for ADHD.