In the interview, your clinician will ask you lots of questions about your symptoms, difficulties, personal history, medical history, and treatment history.
You may be asked to fill out multiple choice questionnaires that ask about symptoms, personality, and behaviour.
You might be asked to complete cognitive tests that assess your memory, attention, or problem solving skills. These may include solving visual puzzles, giving word definitions, or solving number problems, for example. Tests may be administered by an examiner or on a computer.
You will be invited to take breaks when you need, and testing can be broken up over a few days if you are tired.
A report will be written that contains your background information from an interview with you, an interview with someone who knows you well (with your permission), and review of previous medical documents. The report also contains observations of behaviour during assessment, test results, diagnoses, and treatment recommendations.
With your consent, we can send the report to treatment providers involved in your care, or to your insurance company or lawyer if required. If this is a medical-legal assessment and you were referred by your lawyer, only your lawyer will receive a copy of the report. If this assessment is being funded by an insurance company, a copy of the report will go to the insurance company. You can refuse to answer any questions or end the assessment at any time.
We aim to make the assessment process as comfortable as possible for you. Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions about the assessment, or if there is anything you need to make the process more comfortable.