ADHD Assessments for Teens

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Virtual ADHD Diagnostic Assessments for Teens at ADHD IQ

I provide comprehensive ADHD assessments for teens.

The interview includes both parents and teens unless there is sensitive information that you would like to share out of the presence of your teen in which case, we will start the interview with the parent only and invite the teen to join shortly afterward. You will receive your diagnostic report by email with my findings and treatment recommendations within 2 weeks of our appointment which you may use to request a medication trial with your primary care provider and/or classroom accommodations from your teens school to support your teen’s success. This can include extra time and a quiet space for standardized tests like the ACT or SAT.

An ADHD diagnosis requires that:

1. An ADHD diagnosis for teens requires six or more symptoms in one of the two main categories (or both) over the last six months — inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity.

2. Teens must have symptomatic behavior in two or more settings, like at home and at school usually as identified by two or more observers.

3. The symptoms are debilitating and interfere with daily functioning.

4. Symptomatic behavior started in childhood, usually before age 12, even though a diagnosis may not have been made at that time.

5. Symptoms aren’t better explained by another diagnosis like a trauma disorder, an anxiety disorder, depression or a sleep disturbance. However, it is possible and quite common to have ADHD and one or more of these other diagnoses. Great care will be taken to understand your specific presentation to get the diagnosis and treatment right.