ADHD (also sometimes referred to as “ADD”) is a developmental disorder characterized by symptoms of inattention and/or restlessness. These symptoms first emerge in childhood and result in substantial disruptions in daily functioning.
Neuropsychological evaluations can be very helpful in guiding ongoing treatment planning for individuals with suspected ADHD. First, ADHD is not a “one size fits all” diagnosis; individuals tend to differ markedly with respect to how—and in what situations—symptoms are expressed in daily life. Also, comprehensive neuropsychological assessments often can identify other conditions that might be mimicking the symptoms of ADHD, but require an entirely different treatment approach. Likewise, it is not uncommon for other conditions to co-occur with ADHD, effectively making an individual’s symptoms—and level of impairment—even worse. Thus, there is significant clinical value in neuropsychological assessment approaches to help target the most effective interventions and/or remediation strategies in individuals with suspected ADHD.