Psychological testing and questionnaires can sometimes provide useful information, particularly about learning disorders and other problems that might account for the patient’s symptoms. However, the diagnosis of ADD can be made most reliably and efficiently by an experienced clinician who is knowledgeable about the patient’s history and behavior. A diagnostic interview with the patient and with someone else who knows him or her well should include:
- an assessment of the patient’s symptoms and the distress or difficulties in life they cause plus…
- a thorough psychological and medical history that permits the clinician to exclude other possible causes of his or her symptoms
- a careful investigation of the kind of treatment the patient would like to get and how able the patient is likely to be in collaborating with the clinician in carrying out treatment
Standardized questionnaires can facilitate the information gathering part of this process. They can help assure that no important issues are accidentally overlooked. They can also make the inquiry more efficient especially if the patient completes the questionnaire prior to the evaluation interview. Reviewing the patient’s responses, the clinician can immediately see what significant areas need to be explored in more detail. Over the past ten years, AdultADD.Info has developed a set of questionnaires for clinicians for this purpose. They include:
- an Adult ADD History Questionnaire for obtaining data about the patient’s personal and family psychological history related to ADD
- an Adult ADD Medical History Questionnaire for obtaining data about medical issues that have might have bearing on the patient’s diagnosis of ADD and its treatment
- an Adult ADD Symptoms Questionnaire for obtaining information about the patient’s symptoms that are relevant to the diagnosis of ADD and its treatment.
If you have plans to be evaluated by a clinician, you can find the complete set of questionnaires on-line. You can print the questionnaire, answer the questions and bring the completed questionnaire to the clinician when you have your evaluation appointment.