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A Place for Psychological Testing in the Assessment of Adult ADHD

Brianna E. Staley Shumaker and Tim Hoyt

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by symptoms of inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity that interfere with social, occupational, or academic functioning. Clinical communities differ regarding whether or not formal psychological or neuropsychological assessment is necessary for diagnosing ADHD. A comprehensive assessment model that emphasizes differential clinical diagnosis is recommended. This model provides practice guidelines that ensure accurate diagnosis when faced with potential complicating factors, such as symptom overlap, substance abuse, and symptom feigning.

Author Note: The opinions or assertions contained herein are the private views of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.

Credit 1
Level Intermediate
Price $25.00
Learning Objectives
  1. Identify the symptoms of ADHD in adults.
  2. Demonstrate techniques to ensure accurate diagnosis of adult ADHD when faced with complicating factors.

Staley Shumaker, B. E. & Hoyt, T. (2020). A Place for Psychological Testing in the Assessment of Adult ADHD. Journal of Health Service Psychology, 46(3).

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