The behavioral symptom of inattention may be linked to many disorders and etiologies, so it’s important to conduct evaluations carefully. A comprehensive assessment should evaluate many things, including Intellect, Achievement, Attention and Working Memory, Language Functioning, Visual-Spatial Functioning, Executive Functioning, and Personality Development.

When evaluating for ADHD, we are simultaneous evaluating and ruling out other issues that cause attention deficit:

  • Mood and Anxiety Disorders
  • Migraines
  • Post-Concussion Symptoms
  • Seizure Activity (mild seizures are virtually undetectable, but cause inattentive symptoms)
  • Sensory Integration Problems
  • Sleep Disturbances
  • Austism-Spectrum Symptoms
  • Learning Disabilities

A diagnosis can bring relief for person, as it helps explain certain internalized or externalized symptoms (like anxiety or depression), and begins a path forward toward a solution.