Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can cause significant challenges for students, parents, and educators alike and impact one’s ability to reach developmental milestones. Unfortunately, symptoms that cause distress may continue into adulthood and create patterns of dysfunction that impact many areas of functioning. Accurate diagnosis of is often challenging and requires a detailed ADHD assessment of multiple factors so that a successful treatment plan may be developed.
The most common characteristics include difficulty sustaining attention, distractibility, inability to focus, and hyperactivity. Many times these symptoms are incorrectly linked to ADHD, lead to misdiagnosis, and involve treatment interventions that do not resolve the problem. Several symptoms associated with ADHD are symptoms of depression and anxiety as well. For example, individuals that are depressed or anxious may find it difficult to concentrate, feel restless, agitated, and have a difficult time completing tasks.