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Someone who is struggling with attention and focus may wonder “what is ADHD testing like?” What happens if I see a psychologist for an ADHD test? When you are being tested for ADHD, the process generally includes a thorough intake where we discuss your current symptoms, family history, educational and/or career history, and a thorough medical history. During the initial intake interview, we discuss the tests that would best evaluate your presenting symptoms. This is likely to include cognitive testing, achievement testing, neuropsychological testing and projective testing. The next step would be to schedule two to three testing dates to complete the tests. At Dr. Angela Reiter & Associates, we conduct all tests in the morning, when you are the most alert and less likely to be fatigued after work or school. Test days usually last around two hours each, with breaks as needed.

What is an ADHD test like? What are examples of IQ tests, achievement tests, neuropsychological or emotional tests? IQ, or intelligence tests include the WISC-V for children and the WAIS-IV for adults. An IQ test generally takes about an hour to complete. IQ tests evaluate an individual’s verbal comprehension, perceptual reasoning, working memory, and processing speed abilities. Achievement tests include the Woodcock Johnson 4th edition-Achievement Battery. The WJ-IV evaluates an individual’s age and grade level performance in reading, writing, and math. Other achievement tests may include tests that focus in on an individual subject, like the Grey Oral Reading Test, the Test of Written Language, or the Feifer Assessment of Reading. These tests can help provide information on any specific deficits within an academic subject. Achievement tests take around 45 minutes to an hour to complete. Individuals with ADHD often have co-occurring conditions such as a learning disability or anxiety and/or depression so it is important to include tests to rule-out those conditions as well. Neuropsychological tests include the Continuous Performance Test, the Delis Kaplan Executive Function System, objective questionnaires, and the Wide Range Assessment of Memory and Learning. These tests take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour each. Neuropsychological tests assess an individual’s cognitive flexibility, inhibition, processing speed, verbal fluency, organization/planning abilities, and memory. Individuals with ADHD typically struggle with tasks that require cognitive flexibility. Finally emotional testing often includes objective questionnaires and projective testing like the Rorschach Inkblot Test. Projective testing usually takes around an hour to complete.

Once all of the tests are completed, the psychologist reviews and scores all of the tests that were completed and then integrates the patient’s background, observations made during the evaluation process (e.g. were you fidgeting, restless, distracted by outside noises) and the results of the tests to either confirm a diagnosis of ADHD or rule it out. The scoring, interpretation and report writing process generally takes two to three weeks. Then you will be contacted to come in and go over the detailed report. We review all of the results as well as provide a diagnosis (if one is found) and give you detailed recommendations for how your diagnosis can impact relationships, work, and school.

But what is an ADHD test like? What are you actually going to be asked to do during the tests? You will be asked to answer questions on a variety of academic subjects, complete puzzles with paper and pencil or visually, test your memory by listening or looking at something as well as use your imagination on emotional tasks. You will likely be tired at the end of the testing session, so it is important to get a good night’s sleep the night before and eat a good breakfast in the morning to ensure accurate results.

If you have been struggling with attention, concentration or impulsivity, contact Dr. Angela Reiter & Associates to day to schedule a consultation.
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Do you or someone you care about currently have a psychological diagnosis or are you potentially experiencing anxiety and/or depression? Then you may benefit from an emotional support animal. The human-animal bond is extremely vital to most individuals. Pet ownership is associated with several health benefits, including improvements in an individual’s mental, social, and physiological health. (The Human-Companion Animal Bond: How Humans Benefit. Friedmann, E.; Son, H. Veterinary Clinics of North America. Small Animal Practice. 2009 Mar; 39(2): 293-326). For individuals with conditions such as an anxiety disorder or depressive disorder, an emotional support animal can be the difference between the ability to complete activities of daily living and take part in activities they enjoy. An Emotional Support Animal can improve a patient’s outcome in treatment, assist in treating the ailment and decrease the symptoms that they are experiencing. The patient forms a bond and connection with the animal in order to ease the severity of symptoms. An Emotional Support Animal can assist in the reduction of anxiety as well as improve a patient’s mood.
Under the Fair Housing Amendments Act (FHAA) and the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA), an individual who meets the proper criteria for an Emotional Support Animal is entitled for the animal to assist them with their life. Many individuals and families live in buildings that do not allow pets. The FHAA protects individuals by allowing their emotional support animal to live with them. The ACAA protects an individual by allowing the emotional support animal to fly with them in the cabin of an airplane. This is especially important for those individuals with large dogs. The dog would be allowed to fly in the cabin, instead of a cargo-hold and there would not be any additional fees associated with the flight. Importantly, emotional support animals do not have to be professionally-trained. You may already own an emotional support animal!
In order to qualify for an Emotional Support Animal status, the individual must be under the care of a licensed mental health professional. The letter cannot come from a family doctor. This involves therapeutic treatment for your condition and then a letter can be supplied by your provider designating your animal as an Emotional Support Animal. The letter will allow your pet to live with you as well as travel with you. An Emotional Support Animal letter does not guarantee the right for you to bring your ESA into specific establishments. Entrance into businesses is up to the owner of the establishment. A Psychiatric Service Animal is a specially trained animal that is allowed those rights though. With your Emotional Support Animal Letter from Dr. Angela Reiter & Associates in Eastchester, NY you can benefit from improved mental health by being allowed to live with and fly with your Emotional Support Animal. Importantly, with an Emotional Support Animal letter, a landlord cannot: Ask a tenant to pay a pet deposit in exchange for having an emotional support animal, Require that an emotional support animal have specific training, Require the emotional support animal to wear any special identification, Inquire about your private health information or request any medical records regarding your treatment, Refuse to accommodate you and your animal because their insurance policy won't allow a certain species, breed, or weight. However, it is important to keep in mind that the tenant may be charged for any damages caused by their Emotional Support Animal and can be evicted if they do not properly manage their animal.
In order to receive an Emotional Support Animal letter, the process at Dr. Angela Reiter & Associates could not be any easier, especially if you have a history of psychological treatment or are currently on psychiatric medications. We start with an intake where we review all of your current symptoms as well as background history in order to confirm an existing diagnosis or provide a new diagnosis. Then we can continue with therapeutic services as needed as well as provide you with your Emotional Support Animal Letter within just a few days. If you are in need of an Emotional Support Animal letter, please contact us today!
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For those who are hesitant to begin down the path of change in therapy, they often think about the time and money required to engage in therapy services. How do I make time in my schedule for therapy? I suggest you ask yourself if continuing to experience anxiety or depression is the direction you want to continue down. Feeling a sense of accomplishment when working towards goals is worth the time and effort that therapy involves. Can you commit one to one and a half hours a week if it means no longer feeling depressed or anxious? Scheduling a regular day and time for therapy can quickly become the best part of your week. We also offer teletherapy sessions for those who have very little time and need to squeeze therapy into their busy schedules when they can.
CBT (Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy) is a research-proven method to reduce anxiety, improve mood, and learn time management and organizational skills. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can teach you, your child, or any other family members how to thoroughly examine your cognitions (thoughts) and behaviors.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy assists the individual in figuring out faulty thought patterns that can often be negative in nature and lead to decisions and behaviors that increase anxiety, negative interpersonal relationships and sad mood. In working with individuals with anxiety, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can target the anxiety-provoking thoughts and assist you in challenging or reframing them and then you are one step closer to reducing anxiety and achieving the goals that you want to reach. For example, if you are fearful of flying, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and graded exposure therapy can gradually assist you in overcoming this fear. Mindfulness therapy techniques can also drastically reduce anxiety, improve mood and reduce stress by learning ways to be in the “present” instead of dwelling on the past or future “what-ifs?” Mindfulness teaches you how to accept all emotions, allow them to occur, but not dwelling or feeling ashamed of them.

Individuals with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) tend to catastrophize or overgeneralize more than others, which can lead to anxiety, depressive symptoms, or interpersonal conflict as well as setbacks in accomplishing goals. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can also improve symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder by teaching the individual how to recognize negative thought patterns and change their decision making process. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy can also assist with time management, procrastination, and organizational skills. Individuals with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder tend to be night owls, often have difficulty waking in the morning (take longer to get started) and after putting their full focus and energy during the day on work and school may need transitional down time at the end of the day. Therapy can help you discover the most effective and productive schedule and thereby reduce procrastination, mistakes, and forgetfulness. Psychological testing can assist in an accurate diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder to assist with treatment.

Family counseling can assist with reducing conflict and improving communication and relationships. Often times, when a child or parent is experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, it can affect the entire family. Family counseling can help the entire family feel close again. The investment into yourself and/or your children or family is well worth the time! Take the first step and contact Dr. Angela Reiter & Associates in Eastchester, NY today.
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