Many adults suffer from untreated ADHD and as a result experience a diminished quality of life. An ADHD assessment will determine whether an adult has ADHD. A thorough evaluation usually takes more than one visit, and must be done by a professional who is trained in ADHD. A thorough assessment requires a complete physical and psychiatric medical history as well as screening to rule out any possible physical disorders. All assessments should include an extensive interview with the adult and a significant other (or people that are aware of the adult’s behaviors and struggles), and the application of various symptom-rating scales and tests.
Traumatic Brain Injury
The assessment of an individual with TBI requires a multidisciplinary approach involving medical, surgical, and rehabilitation disciplines as necessitated by the individual’s needs. Assessment of adults with TBI is conducted to identify underlying strengths and weaknesses related to cognitive processing, communication and functioning in activities of daily living. The assessment also identifies contextual factors that may serve as barriers to or facilitators of life participation and quality of life.
Memory and Executive Functioning
Memory and executive skills are critical in managing everyday life and long-term goals. An adult with executive function limitations may have trouble planning, organizing, scheduling, and completing tasks. These individuals might also lack the ability to handle frustration, start and finish tasks, recall and follow multi-step directions, stay on track, self monitor, and balance priorities. An assessment of the adults memory and executive functions helps identify areas of weakness and formulate individualized recommendations for academic and occupational functioning.