ADHD Assessments Calgary
Virtuous Circle Counselling is a professional counselling and assessment clinic that specializes in Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) testing and assessment in Calgary. We provide evidence-based treatment for adults and children with ADHD, learning disabilities and other learning challenges.
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects the brain’s ability to regulate attention and hyperactivity. In children with ADHD, this can result in problems paying attention, sitting still, controlling impulsive behaviours and organizing tasks. ADHD doesn’t just affect children though – adults who have ADHD may experience similar issues. Adults who feel that their attention span and concentration have become impaired or noticed changes in organizational skills and decrease productivity may benefit from an assessment.
ADHD testing and assessment in Calgary is a process that takes into consideration the patient’s symptoms. An ADHD specialist will examine patients and test their cognition, work skills, and other areas of functioning. These tests are carried out using computer software, written tests, or verbal assessments. The patients are also evaluated for medical conditions secondary to ADHD, like other learning disabilities and/or depression.
Our ADHD treatment program provides a variety of services to help you overcome your symptoms and improve your life. Our team consists of experienced professionals who have been treating children and adults with ADHD with great success for many years. We take pride in providing high-quality care in an environment that is comfortable and supportive.
ADHD is a disorder and associated challenges that many adults face, which is why undergoing an ADHD assessment can be beneficial. An ADHD assessment typically involves psychological testing as well as psychosocial interviews and evaluations from mental health professionals. The goal of the assessment is to identify potential ADHD symptoms and other co-occurring disorders. During the ADHD assessment, a mental health provider will consider biological factors, psychological factors, family history, medical history, functional impairments, and other relevant areas in order to properly diagnose ADHD in adults or rule out any co-occurring disorders. This information will then be used to create personalized treatment plans tailored to each individual needs.
You should bring any relevant medical records or any previous psychoeducational assessment reports. If you have any report cards from when you were a child available please bring those. Please ensure you take any required medication and that you have slept well and ate breakfast. Please dress comfortably as there will be extended times of sitting. If your appointment is booked for a half day, bring snacks and water. If your appointment is booked for a full day we will break for lunch (12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.). There is a waiting area that has a microwave, coffee and water available or lunch options are available within walking distance.
It depends on the individual and what needs to be assessed, but typically it can take anywhere between 2 and 6 hours. Depending on the presenting symptoms it may be necessary to do more testing to rule out co-morbidities. This includes the actual testing sessions with lots of time for breaks. The length of time can vary depending on the person. We always try our best to ensure our client’s comfort by providing breaks when necessary. When we assess children, we will have movement breaks but will also have some board games for them to play. If your child has a book, or favourite toy to engage with during breaks please feel free to bring it.
Time to report the assessment report can vary based on what is being assessed, the number of files that are required to review and the number of interviews required (how many teachers, doctors, co-workers, spouse etc.) we may need to contact. While we aim to have the quickest turnaround, we strive to have your report and feedback available no later than four weeks after testing has been completed. If a report is needed for an application with a deadline, please let us know so that we can accommodate it.
This depends on the reason for the assessment, but typically you would provide them to your physician. Reports can also be provided to your employer if you are seeking accommodations for work. Please let us know if you have questions about this and we can address them in your feedback meeting.
The first step to getting tested for ADHD is booking a consultation with our assessment psychologist. Here, you can learn about the assessment process, cost, insurance coverage, time commitment etc. This consultation will give you the opportunity to ask any questions to see if the ADHD Assessment is something you would like to move forward with.
A family doctor or pediatrician might be able to diagnose ADHD, but it depends on their training and experience. Your doctor can also rule out other medical conditions that may cause similar symptoms. They may also ask if anyone else in your family has been diagnosed with ADHD, as it tends to run in families. Your doctor will also ask about any mental health issues and whether you have ever been prescribed medication for anxiety or depression, as these conditions can sometimes cause similar symptoms.If you have any doubts about whether or not they are qualified, talk with your primary care provider about finding someone else who specializes in working with people who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Some people with ADHD may be eligible for disability benefits through the government, but this is not always the case. A mental health professional can help you determine whether or not your condition qualifies as a disability and what type of benefits may be available to you.
The terms ADHD and ADD are used interchangeably, even though the clinical term is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Technically speaking, ADD is a now-outdated term formerly used to describe inattentive-type ADHD. The “D” was later dropped, and the new definition of ADHD spells out the symptoms of hyperactivity or hyperkinetic disorder (HKD).
People with an ADHD diagnosis can have trouble paying attention and controlling impulsive behaviours. They may also be highly distractible and struggle with organization.
According to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V), which defines psychiatric conditions and criteria for diagnosing them, there are three subtypes of ADHD:
ADHD symptoms typically begin before age 12 and can be diagnosed when a child has more than six months of symptoms that interfere with his or her ability to function in school. The condition often persists into adulthood (especially if untreated) and can affect work performance, school performance and relationships with friends and family members.
If you are an adult that suspects you might have ADHD and have been struggling to find the right treatment for yourself, Virtuous Circle Counselling can help. We offer a wide range of mental health services, including adult ADHD assessments in Calgary. There are many different types of ADHD tests available for adults, including:
The main purpose of an assessment is to determine whether or not someone has ADHD or some other disorder that may be causing similar symptoms, such as anxiety or depression. It’s important to note that a lot of people who have ADHD don’t realize it until they get older, so many adults don’t know that they have it until much later in life. However, adults can still learn behavioural and coping skills that will help lessen ADHD symptoms.
Virtuous Circle Counselling offers comprehensive assessment and treatment for ADHD in both adults and children. Our team of psychologists and counsellors are trained to identify the presence of ADHD and provide evidence-based treatment plans that promote better mental health and well-being.
We believe that every person has strengths and weaknesses, but we can learn to build on our strengths to make life easier. If you or your child is struggling with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), please contact us today to discuss how we can help you start living a more fulfilling life.
ADHD Assessment: Estimated assessment hours needed for an adult/child:
Total Estimated Hours: 8 hours
Total Estimated Cost: $1,600
Many extended health benefit plans will cover in full or a potion of the cost for private ADHD Assessment. It is important to check with your plan provider for available coverage. We will work with our clients to organize the billing to maximize coverage.
We are currently accepting new clients however being a good fit is everything in a therapeutic alliance. When you’re ready, please contact us for a free 30-minute phone consultation to see if we match your needs and goals.
We at Virtuous Circle Counselling acknowledge Moh’kinstsis, the lands where the Bow and Elbow rivers meet, in what we currently call Calgary. We acknowledge that we are visitors on Moh’kinsstis and acknowledge the Blackfoot are those who named this area as Moh’kinsstis. In the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation, we recognize the ancestral territories, cultures, and oral practices of the Blackfoot people, the Îyarhe Nakoda Nations, the Dene people of the Tsuut’ina Nation, and the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.