What are the benefits of having a complex neuropsychological evaluation? Why should I pay to have testing done when my psychiatrist/primary care physician/pediatrician is already writing me/my child a prescription for ADHD medication?
There are a multitude of reasons that make it worthwhile to have a neuropsychological evaluation. First of all, Learning Disabilities can occur in close to half of all individuals who have ADHD. If you or your child has not had any testing, these Learning Disabilities can go undetected and untreated. Treating this individual with only medication would be treating only half of the problem. Untreated Learning Disabilities in children can result in low academic performance, lack of motivation, low self-esteem and can sometimes lead to more severe problems such as depression and anxiety.
Secondly, in order for you or your child to apply for accommodations for ADHD or Learning Disabilities (such as extended time) on standardized tests (such as the SAT, ACT, GRE, MCAT, LSAT, or GMAT) the boards of the testing company require that you have had a full assessment. Dr. Hall is experienced in providing testing that meets the requirements of these boards. Also, almost all universities and most primary and secondary schools require a full assessment to document the ADHD or Learning Disability before they are willing to provide accommodations for you or your child. Without proper accommodations, individuals with ADHD and/or Learning Disabilities may not be able to perform at their highest levels academically. Dr. Hall has experience providing the type of testing that meets the standards set by universities and schools.
Additionally, a full evaluation provides not only a diagnosis, but also a thorough pattern of strengths and weaknesses. This pattern of strengths and weaknesses is used to design individualized treatment and educational interventions to assist you or your child.
Finally, but not least importantly, a full assessment provides diagnostic accuracy. There are many different conditions that share symptoms with ADHD and can easily be misdiagnosed as ADHD without a full evaluation.