CCAD  - Assessment of Adult

Referral for Assessment of Adult ADHD
University students who are requesting assessment for ADHD may begin the process by scheduling an intake appointment in 123 Berkshire House. Following the intake appointment, a two hour interview appointment may be scheduled to begin the assessment process. The assessment itself will generally consist of one 4 hour appointment which includes a clinical interview and neuropsychological testing, all to be conducted by CCAD. The fee for the complete assessment service rendered at CCAD is $425, payable by cashier's check or money order. This would not cover psychopharmocology referrals should they be needed.

Adult Assessment
The diagnosis of ADHD is primarily made by clinical exam. The following procedure is considered standard practice and is followed at this University of Massachusetts site to assess ADHD.
  • Clinical Interview
    A thorough diagnostic interview begins the assessment process. In the course of the interview, information is gathered in the following areas: developmental history, health history, school history, employment history, social history, childhood and present behavior patterns, alcohol/drug history, and psychiatric history.
    A complete medical interview is essential to the clinical interview process as well. It is used to rule out other medical conditions to which ADHD may be secondary.
  • Neuropsychologic Assessment
    Neuropsychologic deficits are part of the ADHD syndrome. The battery at our site consists of testing in the following areas: attention, memory, intellectual functioning, and academic achievement. Patterns of test score performance, test-taking behavior, and results of a psychological symptom checklist are analyzed to determine if they are consistent with a diagnosis of ADHD.

  • Pharmacological
    Both stimulant and anti-depressant medications have been useful for some adults with ADHD. They are not indicated for everyone due to certain medical and psychological conditions.
  • Psychotherapy
    Even though ADHD is considered to be a biological disorder, psychotherapy may augment pharmacological treatment. It has been suggested that this type of treatment may be particularly helpful in assisting individuals diagnosed with ADHD in dealing with issues of self-esteem and interpersonal skills, in teaching medication management, and in providing career assessment and counseling.
  • Academic Support Services
    At the University of Massachusetts/Amherst, students diagnosed with ADHD are eligible to receive academic support services through the Program for Students with Psychological and Medical Disabilities. In this Program they will be assigned a case manager who will be available to meet by appointment in order to monitor academic progress and to assist in the implementation of reasonable accommodations as needed. Students with ADHD are included under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as well as the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Go back to the Homepage

Last updated, August 8, 1996