What does attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) look like?
Characteristics of ADHD include the following:
What is ADHD?
There are three forms of attention deficit disorder:
- Combined presentation
Criteria for both inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity are met.
- Predominantly inattentive presentation
Criteria for inattention but not hyperactivity-impulsivity are met.
- Predominantly hyperactive/impulsive presentation
Criteria for hyperactivity-impulsivity but not inattention are met.
As you can see, you do not have to be hyperactive to have ADHD.
What does an assessment involve?
- Information is gathered from:
– Screening questionnaires (completed by the client and someone who knew them in childhood).
– A client’s GP.
– School reports if available.
- A decision is then made about whether to conduct a diagnostic interview.
- The diagnostic interview involves the collection of further background information and the completion of the Diagnostic Interview for ADHD in Adults (DIVA).
- It is usually possible to determine whether or not a client has ADHD on the day of an assessment.
- A detailed report is produced explaining the findings of the assessment and providing recommendations.