Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Screening
Adult Psychoeducational Assessment is helpful in updating, clarifying, or establishing the diagnoses of learning disabilities and/or adult attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder. This form of testing may be helpful to clients who have suspected that they have a learning disability or attention deficit disorder, but were not diagnosed as children. This assessment is also helpful to clients who may have been previously diagnosed with learning disabilities or attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and require an updated evaluation as part of the documentation required for accommodations on standardized tests and in school, including requests for additional time or a quiet room while taking the tests. I offer several types of psychoeducational assessments, which are dependent on client's needs:
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Screening: This brief testing establishes the diagnosis of ADHD in adults, if such diagnosis has not been made in childhood. It also serves to establish the severity of any symptoms. It involves a diagnostic interview, an attention test, and several self-report questionnaires. This will result in a brief report complete with relevant recommendations and referrals. This testing is helpful in clarifying the symptoms of ADHD, differentiating it from other psychological conditions that may affect attention- such as anxiety or depression- and making decisions with regard to medications and other appropriate treatments. Medications for ADHD often include stimulants and have significant side effects that can be amplified in persons without ADHD or with other psychiatric conditions. Therefore, establishing a correct diagnosis prior to starting on medications is highly recommended.