The Diagnostic Evaluation varies among the doctors.
Diagnostic Testing may be required (if not previously done) with Dr. Barnard, our psychologist in the office, for a diagnosis. The screening takes 1 & 1/2 hours for children plus an additional hour for completion of an objective personality inventory for adolescents and adults.
The initial evaluation with Dr. Burnside, Dr. Spratley or Dr. Lee is a medical evaluation. The appointment will be either 1 hour or 1 ½ hours based on the doctor’s recommendation of time needed. During this initial appointment extensive background information will be gathered, as well as a discussion about past and present symptoms and concerns. You may be given a behavioral rating scale to fill out or have your parent/ spouse/teachers fill out as well. The doctors will discuss a diagnosis determination and if medication is suggested, medication types, benefits and side effects will be discussed. A prescription may be written if appropriate. There is usually not comprehensive testing or report done during this evaluation. If comprehensive testing and a written report is needed for college accommodations, Dr. Barnard, our Psychologist, would be the doctor to perform this type of evaluation.
If medication is then suggested the patient will see either Dr. Burnside, Dr. Spratley, or Dr Lee our psychiatrists, for a medical evaluation. The initial appointment will be a minimum of one hour with follow-up appointments ranging from thirty minutes to forty-five minutes.