ADHD Assessment

I strongly believe in the importance of assessment. Yes, there is an ADHD test. It is a professional screening tool called the “Connors”, named after Keith Connors, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University Medical Centre. Finding out if someone “fits the bill” and has ADHD takes input from a variety of sources. For ADHD to be diagnosed, it has to impair behavior in at least two different settings.

So, getting an assessment usually means having a “Connors” filled out by two sets of people that know the client well – for example teachers and parents in the case of a child. It is a thorough series of questions that help identify behaviors in each setting – behaviors that might also be seen as symptoms of ADHD.

For example: in the classroom, “Jeannie” may sit at the back, out of the way, and stare out the window for most of the day. She is quiet and not disruptive, but her productivity is low. She isn’t picking up much of what the teacher says.

At the office, “Max” gets up every five minutes or so to visit the washroom, make another coffee, or socialize with his office-mates. He can never sit still, and likely won’t have that quarterly report handed in on time.

But just looking at one setting doesn’t tell the full story. Jeannie could dislike her teacher, and Max might be in the wrong job. For ADHD to be properly diagnosed, questions are also asked about observed behaviors at home, or in another setting where the person spends a lot of time.

Thus, a fuller picture of the person is obtained, and from more than one source.

Data is interpreted by a trained professional, well versed in the symptoms and patterns of ADHD. They will be able to tell if a person meets the criteria for a full diagnosis.

As you can see, finding out about ADHD is a complex process!

Check in with this website often for more information, resources and support.

In good health,

Mary Lynn

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