ADHD Testing for Adults
Many university and college students do well in courses where they have an especially strong interest, but perform very poorly in other courses required in their program because they may not be able to sustain their attention long enough or put in the effort. Many people have struggled with some symptoms of inattention and related difficulties since childhood, but may not have considered the possibility of ADHD until they've reached a point where their functioning is significantly impaired at some point in their adult years.
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects people of all ages and has nothing to do with how intelligent they are. It is a complex condition consisting of several different impairments that occur together and affect people in different ways. There are many differences amongst people that have ADHD - nobody is the same in terms of their strengths and difficulties. Although some people with ADHD have significant problems with hyperactivity or impulsivity, although many people have never been hyperactive, but may have had ongoing problems with distractibility, organization, or other related symptoms. Symptoms of ADHD vary from mild to severe although this condition is always reserved for those who are impaired by their symptoms over time.
An assessment can help determine if ADHD is a condition interfering with your success. A comprehensive evaluation will clarify your cognitive strengths and needs, executive functioning (e.g., organization, sustained attention, regulation of alertness, etc), explore other possible explanations that can mimic inattentive or impulsive behaviour, and will evaluate for possible co-exisiting conditions such as learning disabilities which frequently co-occur. The end result of an assessment is a comprehensive formal report containing your test results, diagnostic impressions, and relevant recommendations that informs a plan to improve your functioning and help you achieve your goals. If an assessment indicates the presence of ADHD and/or a learning disability, then strategies and accommodations can be formally identified that can help reduce barriers to your success in post-secondary or help you advocate for reasonable accommodations in your workplace.