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Parents of ADHD Children
What should I expect from a Psychiatric evaluation appt?
My son is 5 1/2 and he is attending transitional kinder. We are blessed to have an outstanding teacher and administration who are incredibly supportive. ADHD has been on our radar for almost 2 years now. His behavior seems to be getting worse. We we finally made arrangements for him to see a child Psychiatrist for a diagnosis. I spent over an hour filling out paperwork in his office. The Dr. met with me for a total of 25 minutes, no more than 15 of them talking about my sons habits, but not in any detail. The only interaction he had with my son was to weigh him, take height, and check his heart. He then said, “he definitely has ADHD.’ He wrote down “concerta” and said that I should research it, but that he was recommending it for him. IS THIS NORMAL? This Doctor is suppose to be the best of the best. We waited for 7 weeks for this appointment. He teaches at USC, and I believe is one of the directors there. I was dumbfounded. He never spent more than 5 minutes with my son. When I said that I wanted to discuss my notes, and the school psych’s evaluations, he said that I could talk those over with a counselor…he doesn’t deal with that. WHAT? How can can he make an accurate diagnosis if he doesn’t know the whole picture? I was furious! But now I’m wondering if my expectations were too high. What should I expect from the psychiatric evaluation? And if it’s not this, how do I find a good one?
Thank you for the help and direction!