ADHD in Adults And Adolescents
- Have you ever wondered if you might have ADHD? Or, perhaps you were diagnosed with ADHD as a child, and are wondering "what now?" Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, can have a significant effect on your school or work life, on your relationships with friends and family, and on your feelings about yourself.
- Most people with ADHD don't just have trouble concentrating or paying attention. Instead, they have difficulty with "executive skills" such as: planning, organizing, initiating tasks, following through with tasks, and "remembering to remember."
- People with ADHD sometimes take longer to complete tasks.
- You can have ADHD even if you have never been "hyperactive." Often, women and girls go undiagnosed because they have the "predominantly inattentive type" of ADHD and do not display hyperactivity.
ADHD Evaluation and Treatment
- An ADHD evaluation can help you:
- Rule out other causes of your symptoms
- Clarify diagnosis of AD/HD
- Understand your cognitive and emotional strengths and weaknesses
- Provide you with recommendations for treatment.
- You may also be eligible for accommodations due to your ADHD. An evaluation is usually required to obtain accommodations for high school, college, universities, and in some workplaces. You might also be eligible for accommodations on the SAT, GRE, MCAT, or other standardized test.
- You can be very bright and still struggle with symptoms of ADHD.
- Many people with ADHD also have learning disorders, while others do not.
- If you have ADHD, you may also experience anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and relationship problems.
- An ADHD evaluation can help you create a road map for what to do next. Depending on your needs, you may be referred for a medication evaluation, skills building, or individual or couples psychotherapy.