ADHD and Bipolar Rating Scales

ADHD & Bipolar Self-Assessment Tools assists families, teachers, adults and clinicians with a self assessment of a child, adolescent or adult's diagnosis of ADHD and/or Bipolar Disorder either before treatment has begun or when treatment response has not been going well over time. This is done by providing an anonymous, easy to use online resource of commonly used psychiatric rating scales, structured psychiatric interviews, checklists, and historical information.

The information provided is then integrated into a report that can be used by a physician, psychologist, medical practitioner, therapist, counselor, or chaplain; together with their direct evaluation of a child, adolescent or adult; in determining an initial diagnosis or in determining if a previously made diagnosis should be changed - along with the current treatment approach if it is not working.

In some situations the integrated summary report may help a family or adult working with their practitioner decide to seek additional referral before making further treatment decisions.

When Treatment Is Not Working

For example, in the medical treatment of ADHD, whenever there is:

  1. an inconsistent response (response followed by loss of response),
  2. a tolerance to medication occurs (indicated by a continuous need to raise the dose)
  3. frequent medication changes are made (because of inadequate response), or
  4. an adverse medication response occurs (with a worsening of symptoms);
it is time to consider other diagnostic possibilities - taking into account the "type" of pharmacological non-response as one of several factors.

Looking Back

A review of past history and testing is needed including:

  1. birth history,
  2. developmental history,
  3. medical history,
  4. family history,
  5. social history,
  6. school history,
  7. spiritual history,
  8. past medical testing, and
  9. past psychological testing.

Additional Testing

In addition, further assessment with a series of psychiatric rating scales provides a more objective review for symptoms of other disorders that may be present in addition to those of ADHD:

  1. disorders that should be treated in addition to or instead of ADHD, e.g. Bipolar Disorder, or
  2. disorders that could be complicating or interfering with the treatment of ADHD, e.g. Depression.
Structured psychiatric interviews that review for the complete DSM IV diagnostic criteria of ADHD and Bipolar Disorder can further help in sorting out the symptom overlap that exists between these disorders—a frequent cause of diagnostic confusion.