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do i need to get a psychologist to get tested for add or can i just talk to my doctor?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali answered
31 years experience Psychiatry
ADD: Either one. If psychological testing is also needed, in addition to diagnostic interview, then a psychologist is needed. If medication is warranted, then psychiatrist would be best bet.
Answered on Nov 6, 2014
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Dr. Ernest Bordini
31 years experience Clinical Psychology
Diagnostic certainty: Folks receive all sorts of levels of service for assessment of adhd. From very thorough testing (see www.Adhdassessment.Com) to a few questions an less than a few minutes with your doctor. Each has costs, risks and benefits. Adhd is presumed to be a developmental lifelong disorder, and has lots of coexisting conditions and no unique symptom - my bias is best treatment comes from best assessment.
Answered on May 10, 2016
Dr. Barbara Lavi
34 years experience Clinical Psychology
If you need the: diagnosis to get special accommodations for work or Schiller, you need psychological testing results. If you wish to start a trial on medication, many physicians will consider it without psychosocial testing. They may do a simpler pencil and paper test (Connors) or ask to speak with your psychologist before prescribing medication.
Answered on May 29, 2016
Dr. Andrew Berry
13 years experience Clinical Psychology
Neuropsychologist: Neuropsychologists, in my opinion are best equipped to make an ADD diagnosis because of all the testing that takes place. However, they cannot provide meds or therapy. Psychiatrists can provide meds, but do not usually provide therapy and do not do comprehensive testing as do neuropsychologists. Psychologists can provide good therapy, but cannot usually do in-depth testing or provide meds.
Answered on Mar 7, 2015

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