We all experience things like forgetting, mind-wandering, and boredom. When you find yourself wondering if you have ADHD, though, it’s likely that these experiences affect your life and you spend a lot of energy trying to keep them from happening. This may lead to challenges in school, work, relationships, and even feelings of hopelessness and anxiety.
When Do You Need Testing for ADHD?
ADHD testing may be needed when symptoms lead to problems at work, school or home. Are you unable to focus, sit still, or resist doing or saying inappropriate things? ADHD treatment may help.
What to expect:
• Your provider will guide you through a structured clinical interview in order to gather information pertaining to your background, family history, relationships and challenges related to attention symptoms.
• For children and adolescents, the structured clinical interview will include parents/caregivers in order to gather information about developmental history and early behavior.
• On a separate day you will be administered a battery of tests that measure cognitive abilities, memory, concentration, abstract reasoning, verbal comprehension & visual processing in order to assess strengths and weaknesses.
• You will also complete questionnaires that measure aspects of social-emotional functioning in order to assess potential depression and anxiety symptoms that could impact attention. It’s not necessarily one-or-the-other — if you have both ADHD and depression or anxiety, then addressing the emotional problems may also improve ADHD symptoms.
• Once testing is completed, you will meet with your provider for a feedback meeting to review the results of the evaluation together. You will be provided with a report detailing the testing results. You will also be provided with recommendations to guide you through treatment options.