What is ADHD?
People with ADD and ADHD often share similar characteristics. They possess intelligence and have ambitions and aspirations. They are capable of focusing intensely on certain tasks for extended periods of time. However, they struggle with regulating their focus, leading to inconsistent attention. Despite these commonalities, their stories diverge.
For some individuals, their difficulties with attention impact their performance in school or work. They may struggle with meeting deadlines, initiating tasks, or completing them. On the other hand, there are individuals who excel academically or professionally but find themselves frustrated by the enormous effort required to achieve success. Unfortunately, those facing attention challenges are sometimes labeled as "unmotivated" or "lazy," which is both unfair and inaccurate. Others face doubt because their ability to hyperfocus for extended periods, their intelligence, and their commitment to work tasks are mistakenly seen as proof that they do not have an attention problem. In reality, they may experience inconsistent focus that necessitates treatment.
It is important to recognize that attention difficulties can manifest differently in each individual. If you identify with any of these experiences, seeking a comprehensive assessment can provide clarity and guide you towards appropriate treatment options. Remember, a diagnosis and proper support can help you manage your attention challenges effectively and work towards your goals.
ADHD is a neurocognitive disorder that involves a consistent pattern of difficulty (identifiable before the age of 12) regulating one’s attention, emotion, and behaviour. According to The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), ADHD is a complex psychiatric condition that often persists over a lifetime. Symptoms can vary amongst individuals and present differently for boys, girls, men, and women, but fall into three categories:
Predominantly Inattentive Presentation — the person has difficulty with organizing or finishing a task. They find it hard to pay attention to details and find it difficult to follow instructions or conversations.
Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Presentation — the person finds it hard to keep still. They fidget or talk a lot. The person is restless, impulsive and could interrupt others at inappropriate times. They have difficulty waiting their turn and find it hard to listen to directions.
Combined Presentation — a person whose experiences symptoms equally in both presentations described above.
ADHD usually becomes problematic for an individual once the symptoms begin to interfere with the quality of social, academic or workplace functioning. The diagnosis of ADHD requires a careful age-appropriate assessment of attention, executive functioning, and behavioural impairment. You can learn more about ADHD and its diagnosis at
Assessment / Diagnosis – Centre for ADHD Awareness Canada (caddac.ca)
What is the process of an ADHD Assessment?
Before the first session, we will send you a background questionnaire to complete prior to your assessment. Other elements of the assessment include:
Interview to collect developmental history
Computerized Testing (could be done at our clinic or remotely)
Structured Clinical Interview conducted during a two-hour meeting that could be done in-person or remotely
Normed Questionnaires to be completed by you and an observer.
Review of collateral information such as grade school report cards and other assessment reports.
What is the outcome of an ADHD Assessment?
Following the assessment, the psychologist meets with you to review the results, recommendations, and next steps.
An understanding of your attention and behavioural functioning.
The diagnosis of ADHD if present.
A list of recommendations for improving performance at home, work, and school.
A report faxed to your family physician to provide pharmacological intervention options.
Note: If you do not have a family docotor, we have a nurse practitioner that could assist you with medication management (however Nurse Practitioner consults are not covered by OHIP but maybe covered by your extended health insurance)
Our fee for an Adult ADHD assessment is $2000.