CHILDREN & ADOLESCENTS WITH ATTENTION DEFICIT HYPERACTIVITY DISORDER (ADHD)
ADHD (Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is one of the most common brain disorders among children, which can continue through adolescence and adulthood. ADHD is characterized by inattention and/or impulsivity (sometimes with hyperactivity), which significantly impacts many aspects of behavior and performance both at school and at home.
ADHD usually appears early in life (between ages 3-6). While many children can become distracted, act impulsively, struggle to concentrate and have high energy from time to time, those with ADHD are challenged daily to focus on everyday requests and routines.
What are symptoms?
Some examples of symptoms that are commonly noticed in children with ADHD include:
- Struggles to follow through on instructions
- Does not appear to listen
- Has difficulty sustaining attention
- Fails to give close attention to details and makes careless mistakes
- Has difficulty with organization
- Is very impatient
- Blurts out inappropriate comments and acts without regard for consequences
- Has difficulty waiting for things or taking turns
- Interrupts conversations or others’ activities
- Fidgets and squirms in their seat
- Has difficulty remaining seated
- Runs and climbs excessively
- Talks excessively
The basic parts of an ADHD evaluation include:
1. Conducting a detailed clinical interview with the patient. We may ask for prior medical records, academic records, and/or collateral interviews with other people in the patient’s life.
2. Administering symptom rating scales to the patient and, usually, at least one other person who knows the patient well (e.g. a parent, best friend, spouse, coworker).
3. Ruling out other possible explanations for the symptoms. This is why we ask about way more than just your attention problems during the evaluation.
We may conduct additional testing when we feel that it is clinically necessary. Additional testing is used to gather additional information or to rule out other potential causes of the symptoms.
Other tests we might use:
- IQ and/or achievement testing to rule out a learning disorder and to assess cognitive strengths and weaknesses.
- Tests of attention and other aspects of executive functioning.
- Psychological tests to examine for other mental health problems that may be causing or contributing to the symptoms
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