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Adult ADHD Testing

For College Students, Graduate Students, and Adults in the Workplace

What is ADHD?

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. People with ADHD struggle with the executive functions of planning, organization, time management, attention, working memory, shifting attention, behavioral inhibition, cognitive flexibility, task initiation, self-monitoring, and self-regulation.

This fact sheet by Dr. Russell Barkley is an accurate and comprehensive resource summarizing the research-supported facts about ADHD.

Inattentive ADHD

The inattentive type of ADHD is characterized by difficulty paying attention, having trouble focusing on tasks, and being easily distracted. People with this type of ADHD often have difficulty organizing, finishing tasks, or following detailed instructions. 

Hyperactive-Impulsive ADHD

The hyperactive-impulsive type of ADHD is characterized by excessive movement, fidgeting, squirming, and difficulty staying seated. People with this type of ADHD can often talk non-stop, interrupt others, and have trouble controlling their impulses.

Combined ADHD

This type of ADHD includes both inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive symptoms. Adults with this type of ADHD demonstrate five or more symptoms of inattention and five or more symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsivity.

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Benefits of ADHD Evaluation

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Academic

The demands of college and graduate school can be very difficult for people with ADHD. These academic settings expect a high degree of independence from students, which means planning, time management, and organizational skills become critical to success. A comprehensive evaluation will provide a detailed picture of your cognitive profile. With this information, we can identify areas for intervention and design individually targeted strategies. Depending on the results, it may also help in obtaining accommodations from the school.

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Occupational

Workplace demands can be difficult to navigate for someone with undiagnosed ADHD. Obtaining a profile of cognitive strengths and weaknesses can help identify interventions and skill-building strategies to improve work performance with ADHD. Workplace accommodations can also be requested in order to optimize strengths and adjust for weaknesses in these settings. Additionally, some careers can be more suited to ADHD than others! Finding out your own strengths and weaknesses can help choose a career that is suited to your strengths and places fewer demands on weak areas.

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Standardized Testing

An ADHD diagnosis can help with obtaining accommodations for standardized testing, including the GRE, MCAT, LSAT, or GMAT. Accommodations can include extended time or testing in a distraction-free environment. 

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Social

Many do not realize the impact of ADHD on social, familial, and romantic relationships. Self-regulation during social interactions can be effortful for someone with ADHD and can present as difficulty waiting your turn during conversations or frequent unintentional interruption of the speaker. ADHD can also make it difficult to attend to and process what others are saying. Since ADHD can present as difficulty planning, initiating, and following through on tasks, sometimes relationships are strained by the presence of undiagnosed ADHD symptoms. Obtaining a diagnosis of ADHD can provide clarity and treatment.

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Overall Wellbeing

If you are reading this page, I bet you have been wondering for a long time whether you have ADHD. Undergoing testing can help you find clarity on that question and move forward. It can also help to understand why some things feel especially difficult or seem to come easier to others. It can sometimes feel very validating to understand how and why your brain is different. 

Evaluation Levels and Costs

I offer two types of ADHD evaluation, relating to the type of report you will receive and what you will be able to do with it. Aside from some rating scales I will give you to complete at home, all testing is done in person. For all clients considering an ADHD evaluation, I will set up a consultation with you to discuss your unique needs to determine the type of evaluation that is right for you.

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Comprehensive Neuropsychological Evaluation

This level of evaluation will delve deeper into your neuropsychological functioning to produce a detailed report of your cognitive profile. This is the level of evaluation required to provide a report suitable for academic, standardized testing, or occupational accommodations. The testing process will take about eight hours, typically split over two days. Approximately two weeks after your testing is complete, I will schedule a feedback session to discuss your results and provide recommendations. A comprehensive report will be sent to you approximately four weeks after the feedback session. The cost for a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation is $4000.

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Diagnostic ADHD Evaluation

This level of evaluation is targeted to assess only ADHD symptoms, and is used to determine whether symptoms meet criteria for a diagnosis. A report from this evaluation will not be comprehensive enough to submit for academic, standardized testing, or occupational accommodations. However, it can be useful in providing diagnostic clarification and recommendations for underlying difficulties. I can also provide referrals to prescribers if you’d like to explore the option of medication after receiving a diagnosis. The testing process will take about two hours. Approximately two weeks after your testing is complete, I will schedule a feedback session to discuss your results and provide recommendations. A comprehensive report will be sent to you approximately four weeks after the feedback session. The cost for a diagnostic evaluation is $800.

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After the Diagnosis

What happens next?

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Recommendations

After assessing your results, I will create a list of individualized recommendations based on your unique profile. Regardless of whether you meet criteria for ADHD, your results will provide insight into areas of difficulty that we may still be able to target with interventions. I will discuss this with you in the feedback session and include the list in your report.

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Accommodations

If you choose to obtain a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation and meet criteria for ADHD, you will be able to use the results to submit to your school, employer, or standardized testing body to request accommodations or modifications. I will discuss these options with you in the feedback session and include specific recommendations in your report.

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Medication

Medication is very effective for managing ADHD symptoms. While I can provide you with a diagnosis for ADHD, I am not a prescriber and cannot provide medication. However, I can provide a referral to set up a medication consult with a prescriber. 

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Executive Functioning Treatment

Executive functioning coaching can help people learn to thrive with ADHD. On its own or in addition to medication, it provides the skill building and compensatory strategies necessary to increase functioning and meet your goals. It’s an individualized treatment focusing on your unique difficulties and goals. I provide executive functioning treatment for people diagnosed with ADHD, or those struggling with sub-clinical levels of executive dysfunction. Take a look at my FAQ to learn more about how I approach executive functioning coaching.

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