Psychological Services

The Real ADD: Primary Symptoms that Suggest the Need for Testing

Primary Symptoms to indicate the need for testing in the school setting:

  • Slow reading speed
  • Completion of in class and homework assignments, language output problems
  • Poor grades, dislike of or feeling neutral about school.

Primary Symptoms to indicate the need for testing in the home or work setting:

  • Tasks not completed, broken promises
  • Reports not turned in that affect finances
  • Increased arguments and lack of communication
  • Depression shown in anger or sadness

After over 20 years of evaluating ADD in children and adults it is our belief at United Psychological Services, that ADD is a genetic disorder passed down in families. Oftentimes symptoms are not seen. Too often symptoms are masked by other disorders. Frequently, the only symptoms that outwardly appear are a reading comprehension problem and a lack of motivation which few people ever suspect is related to ADD. An ADD diagnosis does not mean there is damage to the brain. ADD individuals typically use logic and memory to get by. They tend to think that they are always right about things and that does not leave them particularly amenable to consider the opinions of others. The anxiety that more often accompanies ADD results in people predicting the worst, giving up too easily and ultimately becoming depressed.

It is essential to evaluate as early as possible to attain the maximum benefits of treatment and best life outcomes.