ADHD in Adults: It’s more common than you might think.
Contrary to popular belief, ADHD is not just a childhood condition. According to the American Academy of Family Physicians, two out of every three children diagnosed with ADHD continue to have symptoms into adulthood. The Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) puts the number of adults with ADHD in the United States at over 11 million.
Some people may have been diagnosed as children and were told they would grow out of their symptoms. Others may have never been diagnosed at all. Whatever the case, ADHD can have real-world consequences, affecting life in school, at work, and in personal relationships.
In recent years, our understanding of ADHD in adulthood has come a long way. So have diagnosis and treatment. This means that if you’re having trouble keeping up with everyday responsibilities, it doesn’t have to stay that way. Help is available. But where do you begin?
It all starts with a comprehensive evaluation. ADHD testing will help you understand the causes of your challenges – and offers a roadmap so you can begin reclaiming your life.
SIGNS YOU MAY HAVE ADULT ADHD
From college students to adults in the workforce, those with ADHD face many challenges. For example, it can take a person with ADHD twice as long to complete given a task compared to their peers; and while the majority of individuals have average to above-average intelligence, they still struggle to complete everyday tasks and assignments. This takes a toll on self-esteem and can lead to high levels of anxiety and depression. If you suspect you may have ADHD, below are questions to ask yourself:
Do you have trouble focusing in certain circumstances?
Are you very easily distracted?
Have you been called an underachiever who was not living up to your potential? Or have you been told you could do better if you just put more effort into your work?
Do you have trouble getting started or following through on tasks or projects?
Is it hard to get priorities straight (spend too much time on less important tasks, leaving “big” tasks unfinished)?
Are you often losing things necessary for life (cell phones, keys, etc.)?
Is it difficult to get and stay organized (messy home, desk, car)?
Do you have trouble keeping up with paying your bills or meeting deadlines?
Do you frequently feel restless, edgy, tense, or have trouble relaxing?
Have you had relationship difficulties (Does your partner complains that you don’t listen, has to nag you to get things done, or acts more like a parent than a partner)?
Do you have trouble managing intense emotions, or do you have quick outbursts of anger that resolve just as fast as they came on?
Are you constantly underestimating how much time it will take to complete a task or project?
HOW ADHD TESTING FROM PEAK CAN HELP
Many people who suspect ADHD will first turn to their primary care doctors for help. Quite often, physicians, counselors, and other therapists will use self-report questionnaires as the main method of diagnosis. Yet, two out of three people with ADHD also have co-existing struggles such as anxiety, depression, or learning differences. There are also other conditions that can cause similar symptoms. Unfortunately, this makes misdiagnosis a common occurrence.
While consulting your doctor is a good place to start, the evaluation done in your doctor’s office does not go into enough detail to rule out other conditions or capture coexisting ones. In addition, many physicians will offer medications, but overlook other interventions that are essential for treating ADHD symptoms.
That’s where a comprehensive assessment comes in.
At PEAK, our adult ADHD assessments can put all the pieces together so you can see the big picture, and make sure you’re not missing anything. Ensuring an accurate diagnosis also leads to more effective treatment planning. Since ADHD often interferes with academic performance, a detailed assessment can provide evidence needed to support an accommodations in higher education learning environments.
So whether you’re wondering if you have ADHD or you’ve already received a previous ADHD diagnosis, but suspect something else may be going on, PEAK can help you get answers.
WE SPECIALIZE IN ADHD AND LEARNING DIFFERENCES
We specialize in comprehensive ADHD assessments and are known for digging in deep to get to the bottom of even the most complex cases. Our ADHD testing will bring your strengths and challenges into clear focus. We’ll also provide the recommendation and plans to help you move forward.
OUR COMPREHENSIVE ADHD ASSESSMENTS INCLUDE:
- A detailed interview reviewing developmental history, social and emotional issues, medical history, and academic performance.
- Objective measures of attention, concentration, and processing speed.
- Social, emotional, and behavioral assessments.
- Self and observer (partner/spouse/parent) questionnaires and/or interviews
- When needed, we also use neuropsychological testing to assess cognitive abilities (thinking and reasoning skills), memory problems, visual processing problems, learning differences, and other issues that might be contributing to your struggles.
When the ADHD testing has been completed, we’ll meet with you for a detailed feedback session to discuss results and recommendations and create a plan for moving forward.
Ready to reclaim your life?
Whether you’re ready to schedule an assessment or have questions about the process, we’re here to help. Simply contact us by phone, email or schedule online.