Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Resources

What if I think I have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Diagnosing  ADHD requires careful evaluation. A diagnostic evaluation for ADHD includes the following:

  • A diagnostic interview with a qualified mental health professional (cannot be a CMHS clinician)
  • Relevant medical, mental health, and medication history
  • History of presenting symptoms related to ADHD
  • Description of current functional limitations resulting from ADHD
  • Information from collateral sources (such as school records)
  • Neuropsychological testing report supporting the ADHD diagnosis
  • A specific diagnosis of ADHD based on the DSM-5-TR diagnostic criteria

The mental health professional conducting the evaluation will gather this information through testing, interviewing, and contacting outside sources. 

Referrals for Evaluation and Neuropsychological Testing for ADHD 

The following practices and resources offer evaluations for ADHD:

Requirements for ADHD Treatment at CMHS

  • Documentation must be reviewed by a psychiatry provider before scheduling an appointment. A determination will be made after records have been received and reviewed
    • If appropriate, you will be offered an initial evaluation appointment.
    • If the records are insufficient or don’t support an ADHD diagnosis, you will be directed to resources for further evaluation.
  • Your CMHS clinician might recommend different options for treatment. Being treated by a CMHS clinician doesn’t guarantee a prescription for ADHD medication. You will be expected to keep regular appointments.
  • You’ll be expected to  comply with any prescribed medical assessments.This may include occasional  blood pressure and pulse measurements, EKGs, or other medical evaluations. 
  • You will be expected to concurrently attend counseling with a therapist (may be a CMHS clinician or an off-campus clinician).