Adult ADHD Assessments
Approximately 10 million adults have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). In early adulthood, ADHD may be associated with depression, mood or conduct disorders and substance abuse. Adults with ADHD often cope with difficulties at work and in their personal and family lives related to ADHD symptoms. Many have inconsistent performance at work or in their careers; have difficulties with day-to-day responsibilities; experience relationship problems; and may have chronic feelings of frustration, guilt or blame.
Individuals with ADHD may also have difficulties with maintaining attention, executive function and working memory. Recently, deficits in executive function have emerged as key factors affecting academic and career success. Executive function is the brain’s ability to prioritize and manage thoughts and actions. This ability permits individuals to consider the long-term consequences of their actions and guide their behavior across time more effectively. Individuals who have issues with executive functioning may have difficulties completing tasks or may forget important things.
We will conduct a detailed interview of current functioning, prior functioning, academic and employment history, and family history related to ADHD. In addition, we administer ADHD questionnaires and conduct standardized psychological assessments, such as but not limited to a computerized testing measure. After our initial interview and testing, we can provide you with either a memo or a detailed psychological report.
An Adult ADHD Assessment is appropriate for the following candidates:
- Working professionals
- Adults trying to distinguish between anxiety and ADHD
- Adults whose primary care physician require a formal diagnosis
- If there is significant impairment in functioning in a major area of life, such as school, work, family, or social life
- College students with a previous evaluation may find that their university will accept this evaluation as a demonstration of need for continued ADHD accommodations.
Many people find that having a diagnosis of ADHD helps them make sense of their life and past decisions. This also enables them to discuss treatment options with their psychologist and doctor. Treatment can include lifestyle changes, medication, and therapy, and often includes more than one component.