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The Complete Assessment For Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder by James Greenblatt, M.D.
There is no one test to determine if an individual has ADHD. It takes a trained professional to discriminate between many biological and environmental factors. Assessments may vary depending on the individual needs of the client. The following is a general overview of what to expect at an assessment at Comprehensive Psychiatric Resources.
Review of Records
Once an appointment has been set you will be given a comprehensive survey to be filled out and asked to return it and any previous records prior to your assessment with Dr. Greenblatt. Dr. Greenblatt reviews these records in depth before seeing the patient. Approximate time of record review is 30 - 60 minutes.
Neurofeedback is a computerized brainwave training that teaches children and adults to recognize specific brain waves. With the use of a sophisticated computer and a trained technician one is able to see their brain waves at work. Research conducted has identified that brain wave patterns in children with ADHD have an abundance of Theta waves (associated with daydreaming) and a diminished amount of Beta waves (associated with concentration). QEEG's are obtained from patients while they are engaged in several cognitive tasks: reading, listening, drawing and a baseline. The approximate time of the evaluation is 35 minutes.
This is a "Continuous Performance Test." It is a standardized, reliable and objective diagnostic aid. CPT testing is used as part of a multi-modal approach to the diagnosis of ADHD. Initial ratings serve as baseline indicators of distractibility, impulsivity, sustained attention and reaction times. Additionally, it is an effective tool for monitoring treatment effectiveness and changes over time by comparing later scores with the initial ratings. The test lasts approximately 20 minutes.
This interview lasts for up to 60 minutes. It is a time to discuss your concerns about your child, your hypothesis about what is going on and what your goals are for you and your child. You will be asked many questions about your child's behavior, mood and interactions with others. If there are any questions about the written material you provided, we will ask you to elaborate on them.
This interview lasts for approximately 45-60 minutes, based in your child's age and desire or ability to talk to the clinician. Similar to the parent interview, this is a time for your child to speak with the clinician alone about his or her moods, behavior and interactions with others. This is an important time for Dr. Greenblatt to get to know your child.
Recommendations After the complete assessment Dr. Greenblatt will make a list of recommendations for the patient. This may include additional lab work, medications, supplements, dietary changes and/or life style changes.
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