PSYCHIATRIC DIAGNOSTIC INTERVIEW (cost $240) (procedure code 90791) A Psychiatric Diagnostic Interview may be all that is needed in your situation. Additional testing may not be necessary. A primary purpose of the interview is to review your situation to determine what tests, if any, are needed to reach a diagnostic conclusion. Clients who have chosen to only have a Psychiatric Diagnostic Interview have felt such a consultation to be very helpful in clarifying their options in this often very confusing area.A Psychiatric Diagnostic Interview is the first step in all neuro-psychological testing. Dr. Smith conducts a Psychiatric Diagnostic Interview to review the client's history, mental status, symptoms, previous testing, diagnosis and make recommendations for interventions or additional evaluation procedures. All psychological disorders, other learning disabilities and ADHD or ADD must be screened for when considering conditions such as dyslexia or ADHD. A written summary of the interview and recommendations, including specific tests recommended will be included and sent to the client and to any referring physician's office. Clients may decide to have any additional evaluation or remediation conducted by Dr. Smith. However, insurance restrictions may prevent follow up with Dr. Smith in which case the written interview summary can be taken to participating providers for consultation and follow-up. Clients with such restrictions who have consulted Dr. Smith for a Diagnostic Interview and could not continue with him have felt the consultation to be very helpful in clarifying their options in this often confusing area. A full range of underlying conditions that might be causing your symptoms will be considered, including ADHD , ADD, Dyslexia, other learning disabilities and psychological problems. The most common of the learning disabilities is developmental dyslexia , but if there are indications of other disorders such as attention deficit disorder ADD ADHD, psychological problems testing procedures in addition to those for dyslexia will be recommended. The most common purpose of the interview is to determine what NPS services (if any) are appropriate for a specific client. (One of the testing procedures described below is most often required. However, there are times when there is sufficient information from the intake and/or records review to make remedial recommendations) We will also try to make recommendations for services not provided by NPS whenever possible. The interview does not generally result in a final diagnosis, definitive conclusions or comprehensive written report. The interview results in a brief written summary of preliminary conclusions and recommendations for subsequent action. When subsequent testing is conducted the results of the interview are incorporated into the testing report. A review of previous testing and related records from other professionals is not a part of the diagnostic interview. Such information, if available, can be very valuable to the diagnostic process, but requires considerable time for adequate review. Consequently, such a review of records is a separate procedure from the diagnostic interview and there is a separate charge. Prior to scheduling the diagnostic interview, you will receive forms to be filled out. These forms must be thoroughly completed and returned prior to or on the day of the intake. The interview cannot be started until the forms are completed. Incomplete or missing forms will result in an additional charge. (These forms will remain confidential). Among the questions to be answered by the intake interview is whether testing is appropriate, and if so, what kind of testing is in order. With respect to the latter question, recommended procedures fall into three general categories: a Record Review, or a Neuropsychological Evaluation to evaluate for dyslexia , other learning disabilities, ADHD (ADD) evaluation, or other conditions. The charge is determined by what conditions are under consideration and the amount of testing involved for each condition. The most common types of evaluations and costs can be found on the links below. Dyslexia Evaluation Dyslexia & ADHD Evaluation
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