What is ADHD Testing?
About 7-10% of children and 3-5% of adults have ADHD, though most are not diagnosed or do not receive adequate treatment. ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that involves difficulties with executive functioning skills. By definition, it has its roots in childhood and how the brain is formed, though the symptoms sometimes do not exceed an individual’s ability to compensate for them until adulthood.
ADHD is not the only thing that can make individuals struggle with inattention, procrastination, restlessness, and the other symptoms of ADHD. Anxiety, Depression, Substance Use, and other problems can produce some of the same results or sometimes mask the symptoms of ADHD. A formal diagnosis of ADHD is also often required before individuals can access some of the more effective medications or school accommodations for ADHD. Unfortunately, some people may try to access these medications or accommodations who do not have ADHD. That is why formal testing, including a thorough diagnostic interview, standardized self-report measures, the information provided by friends and loved ones, and behavioral testing in our office is required to diagnose the disorder accurately.
What can be expected?
You will get scheduled for testing after your meeting with our Testing Coordinator. The ADHD testing process usually consists of 3 sessions (2 telehealth and 1 in-person). Please be sure to be in a private space for these sessions.
Your first will be online and will be with a psychologist who will ask you questions about your psychological and medical history, including presenting concerns, ADHD, and any factors that may be influencing your symptoms. We will clarify what questions you want answered in the process, and they will select which tests will be appropriate to answer those questions.
On the second appointment, which must be in person at one of our office locations, you will meet with one of our psychometrists and will complete a series of behavioral tests. These include tests measuring your cognitive abilities, attention, and reaction time. You must be free of non-prescribed drugs, alcohol, caffeine, and stimulants on the day of your appointment. You MUST abstain from cannabis use one week before this appointment. You must be healthy and well-rested for this appointment, which typically lasts 2.5-3 hours.
If researching various testing centers, know that sometimes prescribers, schools, and standardized test administrators will not accept testing results that do not include certain behavioral measures or the input of friends and family members. Ensure that their evaluation meets the requirements of the intended individual or organization before making your selection. At Reset Button Counseling we include all the behavior measures required and the input from friends and family members in your ADHD evaluation.
In the third appointment, which will be online, your psychologist will review the evaluation data and your diagnosis/diagnoses, provide recommendations, and a written report summarizing their findings, and provide a plan to address your symptoms adequately.
How do we get started?
Start your ADHD testing by clicking the link below to schedule a 30-minute introductory administrative conversation with our Testing Coordinator. We’ll review your insurance benefits and provide an estimated financial responsibility for testing (cost for testing). We’ll inform you about our testing process, policies, and procedures and answer any questions you may have at that time. Be ready to provide pictures of your insurance card, full name, birthday, and address of the primary account holder for your insurance.
If you are ready to move forward, you can schedule your testing appointment in this meeting. Afterward, you will be sent a link to your client portal where you will complete the required intake paperwork, which must be completed 48 hours after we schedule your appointment(s) to help your clinician(s) prepare for your session(s). Otherwise, you may lose your spot and need to reschedule. Please note that these may take 2-3 hours to complete.
Things to consider:
- At this time, we are only able to test individuals who are 18 years old or older.
- Please do not start this process unless you can afford an anticipated cost between $600 and $1580. This extensive process requires a lot of time from highly trained individuals, so we like to try and inform clients what they are getting into before starting the process.
- You MUST pay your estimated financial obligation upfront before attending the first testing session with a psychologist.
Please feel free to email us with any additional questions or concerns.
Start by scheduling an online “Introductory Administrative Conversation” with our Therapy or Testing Coordinators using the link below. This online video appointment is 15 minutes for therapy or 30 minutes for testing. In this meeting, we will review your insurance benefits (previously verified) and costs, and answer questions about our services, policies, and procedures.
Be ready to provide pictures of your insurance card (front and back), full name, birthday, and address of the primary account holder for your insurance when booking this appointment.
If you are ready, you will schedule your first session in this meeting, and we will send you a link to our required intake package. Please complete your intake forms within 48 hours after being scheduled. Otherwise, you may lose your spot and need to reschedule.
You will get a confirmation email* from Intake Q within 48 -72 hours after making this appointment.
*Please note that the confirmation email for this appointment will come from Intake Q and may show up in other folders within your email, including the Junk Mail folder.
Please select the correct option for your primary need first. If you need both, schedule with each separately.