ADHD can be diagnosed in children, adolescents, and adults. There are different ADHD diagnosis – predominately hyperactive, predominately inattention and combined. The predominately hyperactive diagnosis is what people often think of where they hear the ADHD diagnosis, this is the individual who others may say that they have “ants in their pants.” The predominately inattentive diagnosis is the diagnosis that is often missed as these individuals are not behavior problems or physically moving but their mind is bouncing. Each of these diagnoses can have elements of the other but the individual exhibits more of one type than the other. The ADHD Combined diagnosis is exactly what it sounds like, equal elements of both diagnoses.
The ADHD diagnosis is not an indicator of intelligence, often these individuals are quite intelligent but their minds work differently. In part because of their intelligence these individuals may have developed strategies to help themselves and they will seek services because they reach the point where these strategies are no longer working. Therefore, we will often see children in the later elementary school years, then again in high school, college, or in adults where the reach the job that their strategies are no longer working. For adults, they often come in after a child has been diagnosed, or because they are tired of feeling that they are not achieving to their potential.
There is no one test that will indicate whether the ADHD diagnosis is warranted. Therefore, at ABHC the psychologist during the intake interview will gather information and decide on a battery of tests. They will then look for the preponderance of the evidence to support the diagnosis and rule out others as there are other diagnosis that can look like ADHD. If you or someone you love does qualify for the ADHD diagnosis, help is available. It is been our experience that for these individuals the difference in their world can be “night and day.”