Adult ADHD Testing Clinic
What is ADHD?
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common neurobiological condition affecting 5-8% of school age children, with symptoms persisting into adulthood in as many as 60 percent of cases (i.e. approximately 4% of adults). In most cases, ADHD is thought to be inherited, and tends to run in some families more than others. ADHD is a lifespan condition that affects children, adolescents, and adults of all ages. It affects both males and females, and people of all races and cultural backgrounds.
Some common symptoms and problems of living with ADHD include:
Poor attention; excessive distractability
Physical restlessness or hyperactivity
Excessive impulsivity; saying or doing things without thinking
Excessive and chronic procrastination
Difficulty getting started on tasks or completing tasks
Frequently losing things
Poor organization, planning, and time management skills
Not every person with ADHD displays all of the symptoms, nor does every person with ADHD experience these symptoms to the same level of severity or impairment. Some people have mild ADHD, while others have severe ADHD, resulting in significant impairments. ADHD can cause problems in school, in jobs and careers, at home, in family and other relationships, and with tasks of daily living. Although there is no cure for ADHD, when properly diagnosed and treated it can be well-managed.
What are some common reasons adults may test for ADHD?
Most adults who seek an evaluation for ADHD experience significant problems in one or more areas of living. Some of the most common problems include:
Inconsistent performance in jobs or careers; losing or quitting jobs frequently
A history of academic and/or career underachievement
Poor ability to manage day-to-day responsibilities (e.g., completing household chores or maintenance tasks, paying bills, organizing things)
Relationship problems due to not completing tasks, forgetting important things, or getting upset easily over minor things
Chronic stress and worry due to failure to accomplish goals and meet responsibilities
Chronic and intense feelings of frustration, guilt, or blame
A qualified professional can determine if these problems are due to ADHD, some other cause, or a combination of causes.
Why see a Psychologist for ADHD?
Following a diagnosis, a Psychologist can help by providing therapeutic support based on the strengths and weaknesses identified in testing. In addition, a Psychologist can help you manage any co-existing conditions, such as depression, by creating a treatment plan that acknowledges your unique needs.
What does ADHD testing look like at Breakthrough Psychology Practice?
There is no single medical, physical, or genetic test for ADHD. At Breakthrough Psychology, we gather information from multiple sources to provide a diagnostic evaluation. To do so, we look at ADHD symptom checklists, standardized behavior rating scales, a detailed history of past and current functioning, and information obtained from family members or significant others who know the person well.
The examiner will conduct a detailed review of other psychiatric disorders that may resemble ADHD or commonly co-exist with ADHD. ADHD rarely occurs alone. In fact, research has shown that many people with ADHD have one or more co-existing conditions. The most common include depression, anxiety disorders, learning disabilities, and substance use disorders. Many of these conditions mimic some ADHD symptoms, and may, in fact, be mistaken for ADHD. A comprehensive evaluation includes some interviewing to screen for co-existing conditions. When one or more co-existing conditions are present along with ADHD, it is essential that all are diagnosed and treated. Failure to treat coexisting conditions often leads to failure in treating the ADHD. And, crucially, when the ADHD symptoms are a secondary consequence of depression, anxiety, or some other psychiatric disorder, failure to detect this will result in incorrectly treating the individual for ADHD. Other times, treating the ADHD will eliminate the other disorder and the need to treat it independently of ADHD.
2. Cognitive Assessment (WAIS) + Executive Functioning Questionnaire
The Cognitive Assessment (WAIS) is a specialised assessment tool for understanding your intellectual ability. It allows us to identify strengths, weaknesses, and to further understand your thinking style. This helps us build a picture of why you are excelling in certain areas, struggling in others, and what recommendations can help you overall.
The Executive Functioning questionnaire is completed online by both yourself and someone who is close to you, such as a parent, partner, or housemate. It gives us a comprehensive understanding of how skills, such as planning and organisation, are affected in daily life.
By combining a Cognitive Assessment with an Executive Functioning questionnaire, we gain a thorough understanding of your cognitive performance overall and how this impacts your daily life.
3. Feedback session and Comprehensive Report
At the end of testing, we will compile all the information from your assessment, the cognitive assessment, and the executive functioning test to provide you with a diagnostic evaluation. We will also provide you with recommendations for relevant areas in your life, such as work, university, and at home or socially. We will discuss this report at length with you at your feedback session - you are encouraged to ask lots of questions here.
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