For individuals in the Northeast and across the United States
Have you found yourself wondering... Do I have ADHD?
Perhaps you find yourself wondering, why is school so difficult? Why can’t I keep up with all my responsibilities at work? How can I learn to focus better? You might be asking yourself – why have I struggled for so long? Are other people right? – Am I just lazy?
Do other people struggle this much?
Perhaps you’ve been wondering your whole life whether Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) might fit your experience. Maybe others have wondered about this about you as well. Regardless of how you’ve gotten here, you’ve come to the right place. We can help you find answers. Polaris Psychology offers comprehensive psychological assessment, tailored to your unique needs to help you get the answers you need to move forward.
What is an ADHD assessment?
An ADHD assessment, also referred to as a psychological evaluation for ADHD, is a thorough, comprehensive psychological assessment designed to understand your individual circumstances and determine whether you meet diagnostic criteria for ADHD.
Furthermore, it is a comprehensive evaluation administered by a highly qualified clinical psychologist with expertise in neurodivergence. Essentially, the main goal is to gain a profound understanding of an individual’s cognitive and emotional functioning, behaviors, and overall psychological well-being in the context of ADHD.
Could it be something other than ADHD?
Interestingly, like with all formal comprehensive psychological evaluations, there is overlap between the diagnosis in question (ADHD) and other diagnoses with similar features. This is what makes our practice’s evaluations comprehensive. Moreover, we assess whether your experience is best captured by the diagnosis/diagnoses in question or if there are other diagnostic labels that could better describe things. Indeed, there are many things that can overlap with ADHD, or co-occur. Thus, our evaluations will look at the many different puzzle pieces of your life to help best determine whether it is ADHD.
ADHD assessments to fit your unique journey
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Where does the assessment happen?
At Polaris Psychology, we go above and beyond to ensure your ADHD evaluation experience is both seamless and tailored to your needs. Therefore, we understand that distance can be a barrier. That’s why we offer the flexibility of traveling to a location near you, bringing our expertise right to your doorstep. But that’s not all – we also want to make the process as comfortable as possible for you. That’s why we’ve made parts of the assessment, such as the comprehensive intake and feedback session, available for remote participation, so you can complete them from the cozy confines of your own home. Ultimately, with our commitment to accessibility and convenience, your path to understanding and support becomes that much smoother.
The ADHD Assessment Process
Step 1: Reach out today to book a free 15-minute consultation
Begin your journey to clarity by scheduling a complimentary 15-minute discussion. We’ll explore the specifics of an ADHD evaluation and confirm that our services match your requirements. Secure your spot on my calendar now for a conversation tailored to your ADHD-related concerns. Click here to schedule some time on my calendar today.
Step 2: Embark on a Comprehensive ADHD Analysis
We start your ADHD assessment with an in-depth examination of your life’s narrative and present circumstances. A holistic view is essential in identifying whether symptoms are indicative of ADHD.
Step 3: Engage in Diverse ADHD Testing Methods
You’ll undertake a series of tests that assess various aspects such as cognitive processing, emotional regulation, and everyday functionality. These tests are designed to gauge the nuances of attention and concentration challenges.
Step 4: Consolidation of ADHD Test Results
The data from your tests are integrated with professional expertise. The complexity of piecing together the ADHD puzzle underscores the value of a doctoral-level psychologist’s analytical skills. (See more in the FAQ Section below)
Step 5: ADHD Feedback Consultation with Dr. Amanda Mead
In our feedback session, we’ll review the assessment report together. This virtual meeting is your space to gain insights, seek answers, and discuss your next steps, which may include strategies for managing ADHD in daily life or therapeutic interventions.
Step 6: Uncover ADHD-Related Strengths
Conclude your assessment by recognizing your unique abilities and potential. Your comprehensive ADHD evaluation can be shared with other professionals to ensure continuity of care and support.
Frequently Asked Questions
Clinical psychologists specializing in psychological assessment possess unique, extensive experience, rigorous training, and ongoing supervision, making them uniquely qualified to conduct formal psychological evaluations. Unlike a cursory understanding gained from a brief workshop, these professionals have dedicated years at the highest level of psychological training to mastering the intricate nuances involved in interpreting diverse data gathered during the assessment. Their expertise enables them to analyze and synthesize complex information, draw accurate conclusions, and provide comprehensive insights into an individual’s psychological functioning. Trusting a clinical psychologist for a formal psychological evaluation ensures that the assessment is conducted with the highest level of professionalism, expertise, and ethical standards, resulting in accurate and meaningful findings that can guide treatment decisions and foster personal growth.
You are worth the investment.
A comprehensive psychological evaluation for ADHD is an investment of time, energy, and money. The cost for an ADHD assessment is $6,985, which covers the cost of the clinical interview, testing, the comprehensive written report, and the feedback session.
Investing in a comprehensive psychological evaluation for ADHD is a valuable tool that can support your mental health journey by providing professional analysis. Our comprehensive assessments allow for the considerable complexity that often develops in the assessment process and can adapt with you in examining your unique qualities.
Psychological assessment can also help you identify in a comprehensive, in-depth way what your strengths and weaknesses are, what your challenges are, and how to most effectively help you overcome your challenges, without the years of trial and error.
Comprehensive diagnostic evaluations are also an investment on my end as a testing psychologist. I bring all of my training, experience, heart, and soul to thoroughly investigate your experience and your story, carefully documenting it all in one comprehensive report. As I wholeheartedly dedicate myself to delivering these evaluations, I kindly ask for your reciprocal commitment and investment.
In order to best serve you and your unique needs for a psychological assessment, we are not currently accepting insurance. By not accepting insurance, we are able to fully invest our time, energy, training, and expertise in best serving and understanding you and your unique needs without limitation. This means we can spend however much time might be needed to best evaluate, understand, and provide for you.
Depending on your personal preferences and insurance plan, you may be able to use your insurance provider to pursue full or partial reimbursement for our services as an “out-of-network provider”. We can provide you with documentation to seek reimbursement for these assessments.
The assessment process encompasses structured interviews, a battery of standardized tests, and systematic observations specifically tailored to assess key aspects of ADHD, including cognitive ability, memory, attention, mood regulation, social relationships, executive functioning, and global functioning.
The assessment process is designed to provide in-depth insights into an individual’s unique profile and whether it aligns with a diagnosis of ADHD, identifying cognitive strengths and challenges. These findings serve as a foundation for tailored treatment planning, enabling the development of individualized recommendations and strategies aimed at improving overall well-being and personal growth, whether it is within the context of ADHD or other diagnoses that may better capture one’s experience and presentation.
Ultimately, this formalized, comprehensive ADHD psychological assessment serves as a critical tool to enhance our understanding of an individual’s specific needs, enabling informed decisions and interventions to support mental health and quality of life.
Consider bringing something to drink and eat. As testing is several hours long, we want you to be comfortable throughout this process!
Possibly. Psychological assessments are focused on evaluating you and finding the best ways to describe what is happening in your life. This often does involve finding a diagnosis or diagnoses that best capture your experience. However, it is important to consider that evaluations are focused on evaluating you and if fitting, giving you a diagnosis. A diagnosis is not guaranteed, but they are often a product of an evaluation.
Typically, the report is finalized within four weeks after our final meeting.