1. Conducting a detailed clinical interview with the patient. We may ask for prior medical records, academic records, and/or collateral interviews with other people in the patient’s life.
2. Administering symptom rating scales to the patient and, usually, at least one other person who knows the patient well (e.g. a parent, best friend, spouse, coworker).
3. Ruling out other possible explanations for the symptoms. This is why we ask about way more than just your attention problems during the evaluation.
We may conduct additional testing when we feel that it is clinically necessary. Additional testing is used to gather additional information or to rule out other potential causes of the symptoms.