Square Medical Group offers comprehensive ADHD treatment options for those diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD).
Prior to treatment, Square Medical Group offers a thorough set of neuropsychological testing in order to properly diagnose patients. Below are frequently asked questions regarding initial testing:
What Is a Psychological Evaluation?
A psychological evaluation consists of an interview with a psychologist and completion of a variety of tests that cover areas of intellectual, emotional, and behavioral functioning.
Other elements such as personality and executive functioning may be part of the evaluation. Executive functioning is your ability to make the most of your intelligence. For example, you may be very intelligent, but you will not be making the best use of your intelligence unless you can initiate, inhibit, switch, and sustain your attention as you navigate through the world around you. Before beginning ADHD treatment, we must fully understand your condition before determining which services you need.
What Is a Neuropsychological Evaluation?
Like a psychological evaluation, a neuropsychological evaluation covers the broad areas of reasoning, including verbal and visual spatial reasoning, working memory, and processing speed over a variety of tasks. A neuropsychological evaluation also assesses attention and concentration, verbal and visual memory, and it has a greater focus on executive functioning than a standard psych evaluation. Motor and sensory measures may be part of the evaluation as well.
When Would I Want a Psychological vs. a Neuropsychological Assessment?
To understand the likely underlying cause of a developmental abnormality, such as ADHD, or the behavioral and cognitive impact of an acquired brain injury (resulting from things such as concussions, traumatic brain injury, or brain damage from drug use), you would probably opt for a neuropsychological evaluation. Basically, a good neuropsychological evaluation answers the question “What is this brain capable of doing?”
To know other causes (other than or in addition to neurological causes) of cognitive, emotional or behavioral abnormalities, you would probably opt for a psychological evaluation. For example, you might want to know the role that emotions or personality traits play in your daily functioning or the way you perceive the world around you. When you understand these aspects, you can address them in an ADHD treatment program.
A good psychological evaluation answers the question “How does this person, this mind (as opposed to brain) behave? Why does it behave the way it does? What factors are more or less permanent and what can be changed?”
While there are differences in the two types of testing, it should be noted that there is a large overlap between the two. Generally speaking, a neuropsychological evaluation looks at the brain’s abilities and is arguably more objective than a psychological test. Psychological testing, however, can often be more nuanced than the neuro test.
A psychological evaluation assesses both objective and subjective phenomena. It looks at the functioning of the whole person not only the brain. It is therefore arguably less objective, but more nuanced than neuropsychological testing.
What Can I Expect Regarding Appointments?
The testing process involves two to three meetings. At the first appointment, background information (personal history, current mental health issues) is gathered. Pending the necessity of testing and insurance authorization, a second longer appointment is scheduled during which objective testing is completed.
Standardized tests, including paper and pencil, question and answer, and puzzle-type tests are used. No electronic or medical equipment is involved. The testing may be broken up into different days at the patient’s request. A third, optional, feedback session is offered if the patient would like to go over the findings of testing.
The purpose is to establish the most accurate diagnoses so the therapist and prescriber can offer interventions that are most likely to be effective in alleviating the patient’s distress, and helping them lead fuller, happier lives.
Ongoing ADHD Treatment
Ongoing treatment for ADHD usually consists of medication management and proper counseling. Square Medical Group provides a robust array of therapy and medication options for ongoing treatment. Some of our other treatments include:
To learn more about ADHD treatment and other mental health treatment services at Square Medical Group, call us today at 617.916.5069.