Posted by Tom
on November 20, 1999 at 15:12:52:
In Reply to: Getting tested posted by JAKE on October 15, 1999 at 03:32:36:
: ...Can anyone tell me waht the testing is like...
I am insured through Kaiser and went to a psychologist for diagnosis. I was given a psychological test called the MMPI, which consists of 500+ true/false questions. I believe that the results of MMPI are used to rule out other psychological problems that may be producing ADD-like symptoms, or that exist alongside the ADD(co-morbidities--not uncommon).
The second test was a computer test which determines inattentiveness based on your response to letters popping up on a screen. I suppose that it is effective in detecting overwhelming inattentiveness in the subject, but I am skeptical of this one.
The third thing they did was give me three take-home questionaires. Two were similar, one for me and one for someone whom I live with. They asked how often I exhibited certain behaivors (like forgetting something important, being late, being distracted during a conversation, or leaving work items unfinished). The third questionnaire was for one of my parents. It was to determine if the ADD symptoms/behaviours I had were present before the age of five (I think).
No single test is used to diagnose ADD. They are all used in conjunction with one another, and with counseling, to make a determination.
I don't know if this is the most popular way that psychologists test for ADD. I hope that it removes some of the mystery, however.