UCSB CAPS offers Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Screening Evaluations which entail:
- A comprehensive diagnostic interview (this may take more than one meeting)
- Completing self- and observer-report questionnaires (you can find links to these below)
- Gathering collateral information regarding childhood history, behavior, and functioning from someone who knew you before the age of 12
- If needed, collecting any other necessary documentation
- Educational records/report cards
- Previous psychological assessment reports
- Medical records from psychiatrists
- School psychological evaluations or IEP/504/SST
- If needed, administering other questionnaires and assessments in order to assess for other co-existing conditions that may mimic ADHD (i.e., anxiety, depression, experiences of extreme stress and trauma, sleep issues, substance use)
After the above information is collected, you will meet with your evaluator for a feedback session to discuss diagnosis, recommendations, and treatment planning.
- This ADHD Screening Evaluation is not a comprehensive assessment and further, more comprehensive psychological or neuropsychological assessment may be recommended (i.e., learning differences, processing disorders).
- Please also note that we do not prescribe medication here at CAPS. While we may recommend that you make an appointment with a psychiatrist as a result of your ADHD Screening, a diagnosis of ADHD does not necessarily mean you will be prescribed a stimulant medication by your psychiatrist. However, at your request, we are happy to share the results of our ADHD Screening Evaluation with your psychiatrist so that it can be used to inform your care.
In order to schedule an ADHD Screening Evaluation, please complete the following:
- Schedule a Brief Assessment
- ASRS-self report: To be completed by the student.
- ASRS-observer report: Please send this Docusign link to an adult who knows you and is familiar with your current day-to-day functioning (i.e., roommate, partner, family member, friend).
- Childhood Observer Questionnaire: Please send this Docusign link to an adult who has known you well since the age of 7 and who can report on your childhood history of behavior and functioning before the age of 12.
- ADHD Screening - Release of Information: Please complete this consent form to authorize the release of information between CAPS and the following individuals/entities, as needed:
- Parent/caregiver or another adult who knew you well as a child (the person completing the Childhood Observer Questionnaire)
- Adult who knows you well currently (the person completing the ASRS-observer questionnaire)
- Disabled Students Program at UCSB (if you are interested in possible accommodations)
- (if applicable) Current or previous providers (psychologists, psychiatrists, PCPs)
- Additional supplemental information is encouraged: school records, previous psychological evaluations, psychiatry records and can be emailed to CAPSADHDScreening@sa.ucsb.edu
ONCE ALL OF THE ABOVE ARE COMPLETED, YOU WILL BE CONTACTED BY THE FRONT DESK TO SCHEDULE YOUR ADHD SCREENING EVALUATION.
There may be some understandable reasons why you are not able to find someone who can complete the childhood collateral questionnaire for you. If this is the case, please contact us at CAPSADHDScreening@sa.ucsb.edu to discuss other options for gathering childhood information such as providing report cards from K-7th grade.
There are many reasons why student may not receive an ADHD diagnosis until adulthood. ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that includes persistent signs, symptoms, and impairment present in childhood. Most people are not reliable reporters of their own childhood functioning due to not remembering that long ago in the past and the developmental limitations of memory at that time. Thus, adults who knew you well as a child provide us with necessary information regarding childhood functioning.
Please contact us at CAPSADHDScreening@sa.ucsb.edu if you have any questions about this process or if there are unique circumstances or barriers that make it difficult to provide the necessary information.