Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is officially diagnosed when a patient possesses a certain number of specific symptoms. Although it is not defined by neuropsychological testing, the diagnosis also states that the symptoms must not be due to some other disorder, such as a neurological problem, psychopathology or other medical problems. Neuropsychological testing is a more accurate way of determining if you have ADHD and to rule out other possible disorders. In other words, testing helps clarify the diagnostic picture.

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The Brain Clinic offers several different options for ADHD testing:

The Brief ADHD Evaluation
The Brief ADHD evaluation is designed to give you an explanation of whether or not you have ADHD. It is a specially designed 4-5 hour test battery that consists of the following:

  • an intelligence test
  • attention and concentration measures
  • an reading speed and comprehension test
  • a personality assessment

A short report is written to explain the findings. 

The Brief Evaluations are not designed for children under 16, and it does not qualify as proof of ADHD or a learning disability in high stakes testing situations, such as extra time for the GRE, MCAT, or LSAT. The Brief Evaluations may not be sufficient for college disability offices; you have to ask what tests they require.    

Neuropsychological Evaluations
A neuropsychological evaluation emphasizes cognitive abilities relating to neurological disorders, such as visual and verbal memory, fine motor coordination, shifting of sets, and novel abstract reasoning. A comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation includes the following:

  • a full intelligence battery
  • measures of verbal and visual memory
  • measures of executive functioning
  • measures academic abilities
  • a performance and attention battery
  • a personality assessment

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