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Adult ADHD Assessment

Read below for more details on Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and the assessment process, or

schedule a free consultation with our psychologist to learn more.

What is ADHD: ADHD involves a persistent pattern of difficulty with regulating attention, emotion, and behaviour. These difficulties in turn interfere with important aspects of one's life (i.e., academic, social, or occupational functioning). ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder such that symptoms are also identifiable prior to 12 years of age. Based on the presentation of symptoms, a diagnosis of ADHD can fall into one of three categories:

  • Predominantly Inattentive Presentation (Examples of symptoms include difficulties with attending to information, staying organized, and managing time)

  • Predominantly Hyperactive Presentation (Examples of symptoms include excessive need for movement and impulsive behaviour)

  • Combined Presentation (combination of hyperactive and inattentive symptoms) 

What is the ADHD Assessment Process?

Your assigned psychologist will evaluate strengths and weaknesses in social, emotional and cognitive functioning related to ADHD through interviewing, direct testing, and review of collateral information. Prior to your initial meeting, you will be sent a background questionnaire to complete. The assessment will also involve the following:

  • An initial virtual meeting in order to review information such as developmental history and current concerns

  • A 3.5-hour in person meeting to evaluate cognitive functioning; for example, this is when tests of memory, attention and problem solving ability are administered 

  • Norm-referenced questionnaires will also be completed by you and an observer

  • Collateral information (e.g., current and past report cards, prior assessment reports) are also provided to the psychologist for review

  • Further clinical interviewing may be held virtually if the psychologist requires more information on your social-emotional and cognitive functioning

  • Approximately 2-weeks after all testing and questionnaires are completed, the psychologist will again meet with you virtually to review the results of the assessment and recommendations going forward

  • A written report that details the findings of the assessment as well as recommendations is also provided to you


What is the outcome of an ADHD Assessment?

  • The psychologist will diagnose ADHD if it is present; other conditions identified during the assessment may also be diagnosed

  • You will gain an understanding of your strengths and weakness in cognition (e.g., attention, processing speed, short term memory, and problem solving abilities) 

  • A list of recommendations to help improve functioning in academic and home settings

  • A recommendation to consult with a medical doctor to explore treatment options (e.g., pharmacological interventions) may also be included; those who want to consider medication as an option in the treatment of their ADHD symptoms can choose to follow through with this recommendation

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