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(p. 47) A Framework for Assessment 

(p. 47) A Framework for Assessment
(p. 47) A Framework for Assessment

Jan Willer

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date: 19 October 2020

Assessment of ADHD differs significantly depending on whether the client had a childhood diagnosis. Those diagnosed with ADHD during childhood were usually referred for evaluation and treatment because of classroom disruption or academic difficulties, and they tend to be male, white, and hyperactive, possibly with an additional diagnosis of oppositional defiant disorder. Individuals who are diagnosed with ADHD in adulthood differ significantly from those diagnosed in childhood. Gender, cultural, symptomatic, stereotype, and historical issues contribute to the individual reaching adulthood without being diagnosed. The chapter details the clinical interview process, as well as simple written assessment instruments. When to refer for psychological or neuropsychological testing is discussed.

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