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Diagnosing ADHD in Adults

Ari Tuckman, PsyD, MBA

CE Credit: 3 Hours

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Social Work CE | Occupational Therapy CEUs | Marriage & Family Therapy CE

Learning Level: Intermediate

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

 
 
This course will describe the unique ways in which the symptoms of ADHD manifest in adults, including the distinction between attention deficit and attention regulation. It also includes a discussion about the difficulties of accurately diagnosing ADHD in adults and the reasons the disorder is simultaneously over- and under-diagnosed. The DSM-IV diagnostic criteria for ADHD – as they apply to adult functioning – are placed into a context of the actual “soft signs” that can help clinicians identify areas of functional weakness for clients with ADHD. The author lists and details the components of a comprehensive diagnostic interview and emphasizes the value of collateral sources of historical information needed to establish an accurate diagnosis. Various formal assessment instruments are described, along with commentary about their utility in the diagnosis of adult ADHD. Finally, there is a section on the important area of comorbid conditions like depression and anxiety that frequently obscure and/or accompany ADHD.

Closeout Course #30-38 | 2007 | 32 pages | 20 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. Identify ways in which the symptoms of ADHD manifest in adults
2. List factors that can complicate the diagnosis of ADHD in adults
3. Name the components of a comprehensive diagnostic interview for adult ADHD
4. Identify “soft signs” that are unofficial but common areas of dysfunction in adults with ADHD
5. Describe the place of formal assessment instruments in the diagnosis of ADHD in adults
6. Identify three factors that are important differentiators between ADHD and other psychiatric disorders
CE INFORMATION

Professional Development Resources is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Professional Development Resources maintains responsibility for this program and its content. Professional Development Resources is also approved by the Florida Board of Psychology and the Office of School Psychology (CE Broker Provider #50-1635).

COURSE DIRECTIONS

This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. After enrolling, click on My Account and scroll down to My Active Courses. From here you’ll see links to download/print the course materials and take the CE test (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of the online CE test (80% required to pass, 3 chances to take) and course evaluation are required to earn a certificate of completion. Click here to learn more.

About the Author(s)

Ari Tuckman, PsyD, MBA, is a clinical psychologist in private practice in West Chester, PA. He is the author of Integrative Treatment for Adult ADHD: A Practical, Easy-to-Use Guide for Clinicians and is a regular columnist for myADHD.com's e-newsletter. He is a frequent presenter for professionals and members of the public.

Disclosure:
Financial - Dr. Tuckman holds a position on the advisory committee of and receives a consulting fee from Shire.
Nonfinancial - No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.

 


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