ADHD Assessments

Knowing if you have ADHD is a big step toward getting the treatment you need. Since you are reading this, you or someone you care about may have ADHD and you want to be sure. ADHD symptoms vary greatly among individuals, which is why it is crucial to undergo an ADHD assessment for an accurate diagnosis. This is the first step in understanding the treatment options available.

LifeCare Centres will evaluate a range of symptoms and behaviors to determine if an individual meets the criteria for ADHD. More than any other behavioral issue, people tend to diagnose themselves with ADHD. Common symptoms of ADHD include a persistent pattern of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity that can affect daily functioning and development. Difficulty sustaining focus, disorganization, and a tendency to make careless mistakes. Hyperactivity can be seen as excessive fidgeting, talking, or an inability to remain seated, while impulsivity may involve hasty actions without consideration of consequences.

An ADHD assessment can uncover various aspects of the condition, including:

  • Symptom Identification: Evaluating the presence of core symptoms such as inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.
  • Severity Assessment: Determining the severity of the symptoms and their impact on daily functioning.
  • Historical Analysis: Reviewing past behaviors and symptoms to establish the chronicity and onset of the condition.
  • Comorbidity Screening: Identifying other mental health issues that often co-occur with ADHD, such as anxiety or mood disorders.
  • Functional Impairment: Assessing the extent to which symptoms interfere with social, academic, or occupational activities.
  • Treatment Planning: Guiding appropriate treatment options, which may include medication, therapy, and lifestyle adjustments.

Knowing you have ADHD, and understanding the causes and effects, opens up a range of treatment options.

Treatment options for ADHD include a combination of medication, psychotherapy, and behavioral interventions. Medications such as stimulants, antidepressants, and other non-stimulant medications can help manage symptoms by balancing neurotransmitter levels. Psychotherapy, particularly cognitive behavioral therapy, can assist individuals in developing better organizational skills and managing impulsive behavior.

This is a comprehensive ADHD assessment that needs to be performed at one of our locations in either Bowmanville or Pickering.