Comprehensive ADHD Testing
in Washington DC
with The Proactive Approach℠
TL;DR: You deserve ADHD testing that is truly comprehensive, in-depth, and leaves no stone unturned.
You deserve ADHD treatment options that are thorough, personalized, and evidence-based including medication, therapy, and coaching - all of which I offer under one roof.
Our appointments will never be rushed, with direct access to me in between meetings.
My Holistic ADHD Testing
(also called an ADHD Evaluation, Assessment, or Screening)
here is what I include for every ADHD evaluation
Comprehensive Clinical Interview: We will have a detailed discussion about medical history, symptoms, lifestyle, and any concerns. This includes questions about sleep patterns, dietary habits, family dynamics, and educational or occupational challenges. This interview aims to understand the person's life as a whole, not just their ADHD symptoms.
Behavioral Observations: These involve noting behaviors and interactions in different settings. Unlike traditional methods that may rely heavily on self-reports or third-party observations, a holistic approach includes more interactive and diverse observation methods to understand behavior in context.
Physical Health Evaluation: This includes explicit assessments of diet, sleep, exercise, and overall physical health. Often times I recommend lab work in the form of blood tests to rule out or identify underlying physical health issues that can mimic or exacerbate ADHD symptoms, such as thyroid disorders or nutritional deficiencies.
Psychological Testing: My holistic approach incorporates additional standardized assessments to evaluate cognitive functions, emotional well-being, and other psychological factors.
Lifestyle and Environmental Assessment: This involves evaluating daily routines, home and work/school environments, and social interactions. The goal is to identify any external factors that may contribute to symptoms or affect coping ability.
Family History and Dynamics: Understanding the family history, including any genetic predispositions to ADHD or other mental health conditions, and the dynamics within the family unit can provide valuable insights.
Collaboration with Other Professionals: A holistic approach often involves collaboration with other healthcare professionals, such as primary care, therapists, or educators, to gain a comprehensive understanding.
(Note: my evaluations may not qualify to be used for academic or employment accommodations.)
Why Use Me for ADHD Testing?
Your success is my top priority
From diagnosis to treatment we will work as a team to optimize your wellbeing - and not just for today but also for your future.
My integrative perspective offers truly comprehensive diagnosis and management of ADHD.
Understanding ADHD and My Holistic Approach
I recognize that Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is not just a collection of symptoms, but a complex condition that affects individuals in diverse ways. ADHD is commonly characterized by varying degrees of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. However, its impact extends beyond these symptoms, often influencing academic performance, social interactions, and emotional well-being.
ADHD can manifest differently from one person to another. While some may struggle primarily with sustaining attention, others might find impulsivity or hyperactivity more challenging. It's also not uncommon for individuals with ADHD to experience co-occurring conditions such as anxiety, depression, or learning disabilities, which underscores the importance of a comprehensive and personalized approach to diagnosis and treatment.
My holistic approach at goes beyond conventional diagnostic methods. I strive to understand you as a whole person – considering physical, mental, emotional, and lifestyle factors.
I believe that effective ADHD management involves addressing not just the symptoms, but also the underlying causes and contributing factors, such as nutrition, sleep, environmental influences, and stress levels.
What to Expect During Your ADHD Testing
My ADHD testing process is thorough and patient-centered. I use a combination of clinical interviews, standardized questionnaires, detailed online assessments, and if necessary, collaboration with other healthcare providers to ensure a comprehensive evaluation.
There's a lot of work that goes into my ADHD testing. You can expect to spend a few hours on questionnaires, online tests, and documentation. During our scheduled appointment, we will review the results and come up with a game plan to move forward.
ADHD Management with
The Proactive Approach℠
ADHD can be managed with more than just medication. While medication can be highly effective, medication-only treatments often leave us feeling stuck and beholden to the pill. With a holistic mental health approach we incorporate nutrition, exercise, supplementation and more to effectively optimize wellness.
& Biological Testing
There are several import genetic markers that can help guide ADHD treatment. Nutritional deficits can impact ADHD and can be addressed effectively... if we spot them.
Understanding the biological components helps effectively reduce side effects and increase long-term success.
& Coaching Support
Talk therapy and coaching includes behavioral modification, coping skills, and the development of healthy habits. These are foundational pieces of ADHD treatment that lead to increased productivity and optimized wellness.
Simple Treatment Plans
A pill-only treatment plan might sound straightforward at first, but over time medications become less effective. Together we will create a simple treatment plans for ADHD. This will include well-rounded options that will empower growth, embrace creativity, and foster self-reliance.
1. What is integrative psychiatry?Integrative psychiatry means focusing on the whole person when selecting treatments or approaches to care. This includes medication, nutrition, exercise, therapy, and other alternative or complementary treatments. I like to think of integrative psychiatry as a smorgasbord - it provides a bit everything. It is important to note that a genuine integrative psychiatry practice always uses evidence-based methods.
2. What is functional psychiatry?Another term? This one is straightforward - functional means treating the "root cause" of a condition through testing, mapping, and exploration. If we can determine a specific cause to a condition, sometimes treating the root cause yields excellent results. Functional psychiatry is often a part of an integrative approach to care. Key distinction: functional psychiatry means treating the cause, not the symptom. Traditional medicine typically treats symptoms, often ignoring the causes.
3. Why don't you accept insurance?I get this one a lot. I understand why! The model that works for most psychiatry practices is not something in which I believe. I think it is unfair to see a patient for just a few minutes, scribble a few notes, and send off a prescription. The traditional model is void of connection and often void of quality care. I believe every patient deserves someone who builds a relationship and is a partner in their care - not a mysterious white coat they see a time or two every year. The fees enable me to give you the most personal care available.
4. What format are the appointments?Most appointments are virtual, as this is what most people prefer. If in-person is something you'd like, we can likely make that happen. Some medications may require us to meet in person on occasion. I typically see patients in person one or two days per month.
5. Are there any conditions you don't treat?Short answer: no! My primary goal is to work as a team with you. I care less about what a previous provider may have labeled you and more about how we'll work together. One of my biggest issues with the mental health field is the desire to diagnose, label, and otherwise categorize every symptom or condition. When we work together, my goal isn't to diagnose you or give you a label. My goal is to help you achieve, excel, and grow. We'll work to reduce your symptoms, increase your output, or whatever your goals may be. Once we've established a sound working relationship, I'm happy to share with you some of the overarching diagnostic concepts. However, you must commit and come ready to do the work! How does that sound?
6. I am nervous, what can I expect?Totally normal! Our first meeting will be over the phone. It'll be 15 minutes. Here you can ask questions, share your goals, and learn more about my practice. This is casual. After this, you'll be setup in the patient portal where you'll fill out all the pre-appointment paperwork and schedule your first appointment! (Note: pre-appointment paperwork must be completed at least 24 hours prior to the first appointment to give me plenty of time to review). After you've completed the paperwork, we will have our initial intake appointment. Our initial visit will be 75 minutes. We will dig deep and cover a wide range of topics from your history, relationships, work, family, medical conditions, and more. This is also casual - think of a deep conversation over coffee with someone you trust.
7. Do you see emergency cases?Unfortunately, no. If you believe your situation is an emergency please call 911 or head to the nearest emergency room. Your life matters! The practice model under which I work is a primary care model. Facilitating emergency care requires a different approach. If your situation is not emergent, but urgent, we may be able to work together to get things back on track.