We are finding that ADHD symptoms are not always apparent until later in life. Sometimes it’s not until middle or high school that student’s struggles in this area become evident. If concerned about a student possibly having ADHD, be sure that any diagnosis is generated from a complete evaluation that includes a detailed history and interview as well as assessment in the six clusters of executive functioning: activation, focus, effort, emotion, memory, and action. Assessing for other learning differences that often accompany ADHD is also recommended as a part of that evaluation.
“Clinical psychologist Thomas Brown tells why middle-aged women suddenly develop ADHD, why brain imaging is worthless in diagnosing the condition, and why many doctors just don’t understand attention deficit.”