Will an ADHD Assessment Benefit You?
Has your primary care physician recommended ADHD testing for you?
Do you struggle with wandering thoughts, having difficulty with memory, or are you continually misplacing things?
Are you having a hard time remaining focused at school or at work?
Are your relationships starting to become impacted by lack of motivation, impulsive behaviors, or unclear communication?
ADHD testing may help guide you on your path toward managing these struggles!
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention, hyperactivity-impulsivity, or both, that interferes with functioning or development. ADHD can have a drastic impact on work, school, behavior, and relationships.
ADHD in Adults:
Did you know that ADHD is commonly over diagnosed in children, but commonly UNDER DIAGNOSED in adults?
One reason is because as adults we are generally able to compensate for it by having some control over our environment. For example, say I’m unable to sit still for long enough to have a traditional desk job. I may instead choose to become a cook, construction worker, or a mailman in order to compensate for my distain for sitting for long periods of time.
Another reason is because adults are generally higher functioning than children (… I realize this is not always the case:). Since adults are able to function at a high level, we are often able to compensate for ADHD more than a child or an adolescent is able to. This is especially common in adults with higher than average IQ. Their advanced executive functioning helps to improve their control over the symptoms associated with ADHD. Basically they are smart enough to create bypasses in the brain to help manage barriers associated with ADHD.
However, even though adults may be able to manage it to some extent, ADHD, if left untreated, can have a drastic impact on a person’s career, relationships, and everyday life. The first step in building a plan to manage ADHD is to identify whether it is actually ADHD that you are dealing with!
ADHD in Children/Adolescents:
To some extent, children will be forgetful, impulsive, inappropriate, and difficult to control. This is part of childhood! Some of this is a natural part of cognitive and social development. However a certain percentage of young people are dealing with more than just the average childhood difficulties.
Typically, children are able to maintain focus and retain memories by having their brain decide what is meaningful enough to do so. If their brain says, “this is worth remembering,” or, “I am interested in this topic,” their brain is usually capable of meeting their need. But when someone has ADHD, this places an additional barrier on focus/memory encoding process. Not only does their brain have to decide if the event is meaningful enough, it also has to jump over the ADHD hurdle.
The result is often a lot of behavioral, communicative, and apparent memory issues. This can spell disaster for a developing human brain, and can lead to difficult social development for kids.
However, if we can identify that the child is in fact dealing with ADHD, we can begin to build a plan toward managing these symptoms.
How do I Get Started With an ADHD Assessment or ADHD Counseling in Ann Arbor, MI?
Identity Counseling Psychology PLLC offers comprehensive ADHD Assessments for children, adolescents, and adults. If you are interested in getting a quotation for assessment, please contact Identity Counseling Psychology PLLC.