First of all can I just say that the process of getting evaluated and diagnosed for ADHD, especially during Covid is the least ADHD friendly experience. And total props to all of you have gone through it with or without help from a loved one, Covid or not. I’m a neurotipical trying to help my husband navigate the system and I can’t imagine how someone struggling with executive function would get through this alone.
All that being said, I’d love to get some help and guidance on the diagnosis process. We’ve found two different routes we can go that seem to have VERY different diagnostic processes. We’re still working out insurance coverage. But talked with both about what the process would be like.
One is an ADHD center that lists EEG readings, a Cambridge Brain Sciences Evaluation, Neuropsychological testing and psychological testing and scoring. From their website reviews, it sounds like they treat using biofeedback and neurofeedback sessions. Which is something I’ve never heard of for ADHD.
The other is a psychologist who offers evaluation, therapy and coaching. He explained the evaluation process as playing a video game, followed by a test, and then a second day of a face to face evaluation/interview.
We’ve also have another nearby center centers that is out of network that does a whole set of tests including The Wechsler IQ tests (WAIS-IV for adults and WISC-V for children), The Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT-III), A Millon objective personality test (MCMI, MACI, or M-PACI) and Behavior Assessment System. Along with evaluation by a psychologist or psychiatrist. While we’d prefer everything to be covered, if these are important we are able to handle it financially. I just want him to get the care he needs.
Why in the world would these processes be so different? Any opinions on which would be most helpful or accurate?
I’ve been helping him deal with the mess that is insurance and also gather his old school records, IEPs etc. in preparation as I know a history of symptoms is important and self evaluation (especially of past self) can be a struggle. Is there anything else that would have been helpful to you during the process of getting evaluated?
Thank you all!