We employ an evidence based, valid, full psychosocial interview to assess for adult ADHD and any other conditions that might mimic ADHD symptoms. The assessment includes the DIVA-5 which is the structured Diagnostic Interview for Adult ADHD, and considered the gold standard to assess ADHD in adults. A full assessment takes between 2.5 to 5 hours to complete (sometimes more). On the day of the assessment, we will invite you and, if possible, an informant (generally a parent) in order to collect information regarding your early childhood history. Prior to the meeting, we will ask you and the informant to complete 13 rating scales and questionnaires focused on ADHD and other conditions that might co-exist or mimic ADHD symptoms. Rating scales and questionnaires are always used in conjunction with diagnostic information gathered during the assessment and never used alone to reach a diagnostic conclusion. After the assessment we will provide you with a comprehensive diagnostic report with conclusions, recommendations and further resources to access to. If input from a psychiatrist is needed (e.g. to evaluate whether medications are appropriate for you), we will be able to refer you to one of the psychiatrists in our network (the psychiatrists in our network are independent professionals, they are not employed by our Clinic and we do not have any financial gain when referring clients to them; finally, we carefully chose only psychiatrists who have a extensive experience in prescribing ADHD medications).
The assessment for Autism Spectrum Disorders that we employ (the “AAA assessment”) involves a comprehensive psychosocial clinical interview with the patient and an informant, and the use of ASD specific rating scales and questionnaires including the Autistic Quotient scale (AQ); Emotional Quotient scale (EQ); RQ (CAST-revised); AAA; Patient Questionnaire (PQ). Moreover, we will look at possible conditions that might mimic ASD symptoms and to symptoms that might be a sign of the existence of conditions that might co-exist with ASD (e.g. ADHD). In general, the assessment will take between 3 to 5 hours (sometimes more). After the assessment, we will review the data and write a full report with the diagnostic conclusions and recommendations. During the assessment, an informant who knew the client as a child must be present as there will be important questions regarding early childhood (before age 6).
The AAA assessment is the gold standard for assessing ASD in adults (in particular, Asperger’s syndrome, high functioning autism).