ADHD includes a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactive/impulsive behaviours that can interfere with day-to-day activities, as well as social, academic, and/or occupational functioning.
An ADHD assessment in adulthood may be appropriate for you if you have experienced the following:
- Symptoms related to inattention and/or hyperactivity/impulsivity prior to age 12 years.
- These symptoms are present across different areas of your life (e.g., home and work; friends and relatives).
- These symptoms clearly interfere with or the reduce the quality of your social, work, or home activities.
- They are not better explained by another mental disorder (e.g., a mood or anxiety disorder, personality disorder, psychotic disorder, addiction).
An ADHD assessment includes:
- a clinical interview
- completion of rating scales
- interview with a significant other and/or a person who has known you since childhood (e.g., parent or guardian)
- review of any documentation you may have available from work or school (e.g., work evaluations, previous report cards)