Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD / ADHD)
Individuals with symptoms of ADHD demonstrate a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity.
ADHD Assessment for Children:
It is completely within the parameters of normal behaviour for a young child to be a bit boisterous and active. What’s the difference between energetic behaviour and ADHD? Children with behaviour that is extreme and/or exceeds that is considered average when compared with their peer group may have ADHD. Some children exhibit extreme hyperactivity, impulsivity and/or inattentiveness. Some display more of some symptoms than others.
These kids are into everything, running and jumping non-stop. They can’t sit still and often talk constantly. Psychologists describe this behaviour as ‘being driven by a motor’. This child can’t concentrate for long on anything. Interestingly, fast moving images such as a computer game will sometimes hold their attention.
Some children simply can’t focus, or have trouble planning, managing and organizing their belongings or activities. They may start a task but never finish it. Though quiet and able to monitor most hyperactivity, these children are seldom able to sustain attention, initiate a task and then monitor their performance until the task is finished properly.
Some children exhibit significant symptoms of extreme hyperactivity, impulsivity and chronic inattention. They might find it difficult to share, take turns, allow others to talk, finish homework or keep track of their own belongings.
Children with ADHD will often exhibit symptoms of other behavioural disorders such as Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) or Conduct Disorder (CD).
ADHD Assessment for Adolescents
To some extent neurological maturation seems to improve symptoms of ADHD. However, teens will often continue to be restless and struggle with time management, motivation and organization. Adolescents with ADHD could struggle with tendencies to submit to impulsivity and engage in more risky behaviour such as alcohol/drug use, driving carelessly, lying, stealing and having unprotected sex.
ADHD Assessment for Adults
For the most part, adults generally don’t exhibit the same hyperactive symptoms they may have done as children because such symptoms tend to fade with maturation. But other symptoms continue to create problems in many areas of life, both personal and professional. In addition to untidy, disorganized habits, adults with ADHD abuse drugs and alcohol more often, leave their jobs on impulse, incur enormous credit card debt and can be extremely inattentive. Importantly, adults with ADHD tend to experience relationship problems directly correlated to their symptoms. As a result, research suggests that adults with ADHD have a higher rate of divorce.
ADD or ADHD Assessment in Toronto
Contact Toronto Psychological Services if you suspect that your child may have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. An ADHD Assessment can provide some answers.