About 11% of children ages 3 to 17 and 4.4% of adults ages 18 years and older are affected by ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (Source: NIMH).
ADHD Testing & Diagnosis
ADHD testing is often recommended when parents see their children and adolescents struggle with daily tasks involving executive function. These students seem to perform inconsistently or below their potential. For students in elementary through high school, a thorough evaluation can clarify the underlying issue and identify effective strategies to put in place. The results of ADHD evaluations can also enhance parents’ abilities to work with the school (e.g. a 504 Plan) and support their child’s efforts in school.
College students with an attention deficit disorder often admit feeling frustrated and anxious about their grades. They can easily get overwhelmed with academic deadlines and fall behind in their coursework. With an accurate diagnosis and treatment for ADHD, a student can address the negative impact of ADHD on their self-esteem and experience success with less stress.
For adults, ADHD can make it hard to stay on top of projects and meet basic deadlines. With an ADHD assessment, you can figure out the obstacles that stand in your way. For adults whose symptoms of ADHD were overlooked during childhood, an accurate diagnosis can help them confront the issues causing chronic stress and lead to a greater sense of satisfaction in life overall.
Do you see signs of ADHD in yourself or your child?
- distracted easily
- trouble focusing
- becoming bored with tasks
- having a hard time organizing belongings
- failing to get things done on time
- losing things
- fidgeting or moving around too much
- talking too much or blurting out
A number of studies have shown the adverse effects of untreated ADHD on various aspects of a person’s school /work performance and personal life. A thorough evaluation is the first step toward understanding the impact of ADHD on an individual and developing a clear plan of action.
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