ADHD Assessment : Testing and Diagnosis
Children and adults are being increasingly referred for assessment and treatment of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). Individuals with ADHD commonly have difficulties with attention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Problems with organization and memory may also be present, together with moodiness, irritability, difficulties getting along with others, and getting things accomplished.
Those with ADHD experience these problems more frequently and more intensely than might others and their lives can therefore be more troubled. A child’s behaviour for example can test the abilities and patience of a parent and teachers and create failure in school even if the child has good intelligence and potential. Similarly, adults with ADHD often have difficulties at work and in their relationship with others and they can be difficult to live with.
True ADHD is something that we are born with; it is not something that we can ‘catch’ nor something that we can simply easily let go of by merely willing it. Emotional and behavioural problems that are due to anxiety or depression or trauma can show many of the same characteristics of ADHD. A differential diagnosis by a trained professional can do a comprehensive assessment to determine the difference.