Adult adhd assessment

Dr. Tarescavage

My interaction style is relaxed, warm, and respectful. Because I am a professor and researcher, my assessments are scientific, evidence-based, and comprehensive.

Is this right for me?

You know SOMETHING is wrong, but you are not sure what it is, why it happened, or how to fix it. You think you probably have attention or concentration issues, but it’s hard to know where to start or what is causing it. Is it ADHD? Anxiety? Some other problem? You worry about being overmedicated or wasting your time. You want to figure out, once and for all, what is going on and how to take care of it. Does this sound familiar? If so, you are my ideal client. Need to know your diagnosis, why it happened, and how to treat it? Let me get it right for you! My name is Dr. Tarescavage. I’ll help you get your diagnosis and treatment plan RIGHT from the start, before you begin treatment with a therapist or psychiatrist! You will not only FEEL better after our meeting but also you will get a rigorous and scientific assessment that will get you ANSWERS!

How does the assessment work?

Adult ADHD assessments occur for a variety of reasons. Sometimes college students are seeking accommodations and need an ADHD evaluation to determine if they are eligible for them. Other times adults may benefit from ADHD medications like Vyvanse but they are unsure if they qualify for an ADHD diagnosis. An ADHD evaluation will yield a definitive diagnosis and treatment recommendations. Dr. Tarescavage has published several peer-reviewed research articles on psychological assessments. 

Prior to their assessment with Dr. Tarescavage, the evaluee will complete a brief history questionnaire and psychological testing.  This testing generally includes the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory-3 (MMPI-3), a widely-used and well-validated psychological test.  This testing provides a comprehensive and objective foundation for a well-informed and impartial clinical interview. Prior to the appointment, evaluees are also welcome to bring relevant medical records from treatment providers. 

The in-person component of the evaluation lasts approximately 2.0 hours. First, a cognitive testing battery is administered. This battery measures every major area of cognitive functioning, including IQ, memory, language, executive functioning, and most of all attention. Dr. Tarescavage will examine these test scores to see if your attention is a weakness to your other areas (in other words, to see if you have an attention deficit). A true diagnosis of ADHD cannot be made without this sort of cognitive testing, which is too commonly skipped in other psychological assessments!

Afterwards, Dr. Tarescavage begins the interview which is mostly focused on determining the root causes of the client’s problems and identifying the correct diagnosis, which may include ADHD plus additional mental health problems. Also, you may be suffering from mental health problems that mimic ADHD, such as anxiety disorders. Getting an accurate diagnosis here is very important because some treatments for ADHD can make other mental health problems worse if the person does not have ADHD. For example, those without ADHD who are prescribed stimulant medications for it will likely see an increase in anxiety (which will increase concentration issues!)

After the in-person evaluation is completed, Dr. Tarescavage will write a 5 to 8 page report detailing his findings and opinions. The client will receive the report within three business days of the evaluation (assuming additional records do not need to be requested). The report is written so that the client can share it with future treatment providers so that that they are placed on the correct medications and/or receive the correct counseling. 

One to two weeks after receiving the report, the client will meet again with Dr. Tarescavage for a 15-30 minute (virtual) feedback session, where he will review the report, answer questions, and provide treatment recommendations.

How much does it cost?

The fee for the evaluation, including everything, is $750. We accept HSA/FSA, cash, credit, and Care Credit. If you use Care Credit, we offer 6 months no-interest if paid in full financing. You can prequalify for Care Credit without a credit check and learn more about why we do not take health insurance  here: https://www.clevelandtesting.com/insurance/