A comprehensive evaluation is necessary for diagnosing ADHD in adults.
This enables us to rule out any other causes for inattention or impulsivity.
There is no single test to diagnose ADHD, instead, determining whether an individual has ADHD takes many steps.
There are many reasons why an individual may struggle with attention and focus. We want to be sure that we are getting to the root of the problem and ensure that no other learning disabilities or processing issues are present. Our online evaluations take from 3-4 hours and do not center around just surveys and questionnaires. Instead, our online evaluation includes:
- an assessment of how the individual learns and processes information.
- observations of how the individual works and behaves such as focusing, planning, organizing and executing tasks, as well as movement throughout the evaluation.
- surveys that cover a wide range of executive functioning skills as well as signs of depression and anxiety. It will also look at their relationship with peers and family. In addition, we may send surveys to other observers like a spouse or a roommate to learn how others view the client’s behaviors and skills.
- when needed, an assessment of their academic skills to determine if there are any gaps present that may be causing inattention or are caused by the inattention.
- a discussion with the individual to learn how they feel about their own struggles and what is happening each day both in and outside of school/work.
Once the evaluation is complete, we then determine if the individual meets the criteria required to be diagnosed with an attention deficit disorder. To be diagnosed with ADHD, individuals must have five of the nine characteristics in either or both DSM-5 (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) categories listed below.
Predominantly Inattentive Type
Fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes.
Has difficulty sustaining attention.
Does not appear to listen.
Struggles to follow through on instructions.
Has difficulty with organization.
Avoids or dislikes tasks requiring sustained mental effort.
Is easily distracted.
Is forgetful in daily activities.
Predominantly Hyperactive/Impulsive Type
Fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in chair.
Has difficulty remaining seated.
Runs about or climbs excessively.
Difficulty engaging in activities quietly.
Acts as if driven by a motor.
Blurts out answers before questions have been completed.
Difficulty waiting or taking turns.
Interrupts or intrudes upon others.
Individual meets both inattention and hyperactive/impulsive criteria.
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