ADHD DIAGNOSIS IN CHILDREN & ADULTS

ADHD in Children

If ADHD symptoms are suspected in a patient, by a parent, teacher or medical provider, an accurate diagnosis is the key to providing proper treatment. Arriving at an accurate diagnosis, however, can be as arduous as many other mental and physical issues can cause similar symptoms. More than 40 percent of elementary students are reported by their teachers to have problems with inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity. But that doesn’t necessarily mean these students all have ADHD.
Getting a diagnosis isn’t necessarily quick or easy. Some issues that can cause these same symptoms include a naturally shorter attention span, emotional issues, problems at home, learning disabilities and other classroom issues. There is no single test that definitively diagnoses ADHD, however the 2 Peaks Center for Neuropsychology relies on:

  • Empirically-developed diagnostic tests and assessment techniques
  • Clinical interviews with the child, parents, and teachers
  • Behavioral observation of the child in the classroom

ADHD in Adults

It is not easy for a health care provider to diagnose ADHD in an adult. But sometimes, an adult will recognize symptoms in themselves and seek professional help. Adults with ADHD may display such symptoms as:

  • Chronic Lateness/Forgetfulness
  • Anxiety and Restlessness
  • Poor Organizational Skills
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Employment Problems
  • Short Temper
  • Difficulty Finishing Tasks
  • Impulsivity or Difficulty in Controlling Behavior

If these symptoms are not diagnosed and managed appropriately, they can cause long-term emotional, social, relational, occupational and academic problems. 2 Peaks Center for Neuropsychology can provide an accurate diagnosis that is critical in developing an appropriate treatment plan.

Cognitive rehabilitation for adhd in children and adults

Cognitive rehabilitation involves a mixture of approaches aimed at restoration of function, increasing working memory and increasing attention and concentration through the implementation of compensatory strategies and environmental modification, through a holistic neuropsychological rehabilitation framework. Rehabilitation involves enabling people to achieve their optimum physical, psychological, social and vocational well-being. This approach is essentially highly individualized, and may represent an alternative to medication for ADHD.