A: Psychology is the study of mind and behavior. A psychologist has a doctoral degree (usually a Ph.D., Psy.D., or Ed.D.) in psychology. Different psychologists may do different types of work, including teaching, research, consultation, clinical care, or a combination of these. In order to practice as a clinical psychologist who provides health care services, a practitioner must complete specialized predoctoral and postdoctoral training in the field of psychology and be licensed by the state(s) in which he or she practices.
Trouble concentrating can definitely be a symptom of ADHD, but it is also a common symptom of many other conditions and one that we all experience when we are tired, ill, or distracted. There is no one test that will diagnose ADHD—a detailed clinical interview reviewing your history is the most important tool in understanding why you may be having trouble concentrating, and whether this could be due to ADHD. However, a psychological evaluation can be very valuable for those who have ADHD, because the disorder can be a little different for every person who has it. Psychological assessment will enable your clinician to go a step beyond diagnosis, by explaining how ADHD affects your thinking and behavior in different types of situations.
Dr. Matheson and Dr. Patton will spend a little time at the beginning of the interview talking with your child about why people get assessments, but it’s a good idea for you to talk with your child first. Kids can be pretty insightful and usually know when something is wrong in school or at home, even if they don’t know the exact reason why there is a problem. It’s usually best to be honest with kids about the reasons for the assessment. For example, “You know how frustrated you get when you have to do writing for school? We want to understand why it’s hard for you and how we can help to make it easier." Most of the tests will be like puzzles; some will be like games; a few will be like tests in school, but with no grades. Some of it might be boring. The testing is a partnership—it only works if a child cooperates, and no one can force him or her to take the tests. Also reassure your child that everyone’s brain works a little bit differently, so people of all ages want to take these tests to learn more about how they think, and what they are good at as well as the areas where they need help. If your child has specific concerns about the evaluation, please tell your doctor so that she can address them.
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