ADHD in Adulthood

  • Nearly 8 million adults in the United States have been diagnosed with ADHD
  • The exact cause of ADHD is unknown, 76% of ADHD is thought to run in families
  • Only 25% of adults with ADHD were diagnosed in childhood.
  • 60% of children with ADHD will continue to have ADHD symptoms as adults

How Do I Know if I Need an Evaluation for ADHD?

Most adults who seek an evaluation for ADHD experience significant problems in one or more areas of living. Some of the most common problems include:

  • Inconsistent performance in jobs or careers;    
    losing or quitting jobs frequently
  • A history of academic and/or career underachievement
  • Poor ability to manage day-to-day responsibilities
  • Relationship problems due to not completing tasks, forgetting important things, or getting upset easily over minor things
  • Chronic stress and worry due to failure to accomplish goals and meet responsibilities
  • Chronic and intense feelings of frustration, guilt, or blame

A qualified professional can determine if these problems are due to ADHD, some other cause, or a combination of causes. Although some ADHD symptoms are evident since early childhood, some individuals may not experience significant problems until later in life. Some very bright and talented individuals, for example, are able to compensate for their ADHD symptoms and do not experience significant problems until high school, college, or in pursuit of their career. In other cases, parents may have provided a highly protective, structured and supportive environment, minimizing the impact of ADHD symptoms until the individual has begun to live independently as a young adult.

*Source: National Resource Center on ADHD

What is ADHD?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has been increasingly recognized as a challenging adult diagnosis, especially for students enrolled in college courses. Students with ADHD may have a significantly lower mean grade point average, be more likely to be on academic probation, and report significantly more academic problems (American Journal of College Health, 1999). However, with the appropriate accommodations, college students will be more likely to succeed in their course assignments, including tests and written assignments.

What do I need?

Often colleges require documentation of psychological testing as an adult to confirm a diagnosis of ADHD and to identify necessary accommodations for successful college education. Harbor’s team of psychologists is able to complete the necessary psychological testing and provide a written report directly to your college with identified accommodations unique to your individual needs. Testing appointments normally occur over two separate two hour sessions, which include a detailed clinical interview, self-report assessments, and both written and computerized psychological testing. Harbor accepts private pay, Ohio Medicaid, and some insurance reimbursement, based on coverage plans (paramount, Medical Mutual and FrontPath).


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