View Full Version : is testing different for adults and children?

10-30-06, 11:38 AM
im 22 and ive recently got tested for AD/HD and had my I.Q. tested at the same time. i felt dissapointed durring the AD/HD testing, because i thought it would be more thorough.. the doctor knew very little about me, because i only filled out a 12 question survey about me, and then the rest was basically just memory games with pictures and words.

when the results came back, the dr. said i scored in the 93 percentile on the I.Q. test, and i scored "average to slightly below average" on the AD/HD test.
he then said, "i dont understand why a person with these scores would have had such a hard time in school, i can only assume you have some sort of underlying emotional problems keeping you from doing well."

!?!?!?!?!??!? SOOOO do i really have underlying emotional issues or was it just poor testing??? id like to know what other peoples testing experiences were, to see if i should try again with maybe an adult ADD specialist?? (i got the feeling the guy i went to worked mostly with kids)

i just dont know what to do from here...

10-30-06, 12:15 PM
Assessment of AD/HD differs from diagnostician to diagnostician. Many people including myself have had similar experiences as you have. It sounds like this person isn't very experiences with AD/HD.

I highly recommend trying to find somebody who has expertise in adult AD/HD. I'm not sure what part of Michigan you are in but there are several experienced AD/HD professionals in Michigan.

To save yourself the hassle of trying to locate somebody on your own you could have consultation with Terry Matlen of

10-30-06, 12:19 PM
My evaluation didn't involve any tests at all.
There was just alot of talking and a few forms to fill out.

I think that Tara is right and that you should definately find a doctor with alot of experience with ADD in adults.

*~ žEEK ~*
10-30-06, 12:46 PM
If you are high functioning that doesn't necessarily mean that you don't have ADD.

The first time I was tested, I drank caffeine and used tobacco, both which are "No-No's" when you are being tested for ADD. They both are stimulants and help you focus. I sat in a quiet little room with the door closed (Another testing error) in front of a computer screen and in the end I tested only moderately ADD. I was also told that I was to successful in my career to be ADD, and so I was sent on my merry way.

Fortunately, I read "Driven To Distraction" about 1 year latter and realized that the place who did my ADD testing didn't know what they were doing at all regarding ADD testing. Boy was I angry with the first place where I was tested.

I then went to an ADD specialist (doctor) and was tested without any stimulants (No caffeine and nicotine in the A.M. prior to being tested in the A.M.!), and there was a person sitting next to me the whole time I was tested. Then I was given Ritalin and was tested again with the person sitting next to me.

The ADD specialist also had asked me to get some psychological testing (reports) I had back when I was seen for dyslexia when I was a child and I was also asked to retrieve my grade school report cards. Then I was asked questions about my life (as an adult) and was asked questions about my childhood! I was even given a questionnaire for some of my family members to fill out.

Needless to say, it was way more thorough than the first place that I was test at, and I tested strongly as having ADD.

The ADD specialist also told me that the psychological testing that I had done for my dyslexia as a child was strong enough all by itself to expect that I have ADD besides the obvious fact that I was also put on a stimulant for a little while when I was in 3rd grade for hyperactivity, but a teacher talked my mother out of continuing to give it to me!

Anyway, the rest is history and my life has improved dramatically since my diagnosis 10 years ago! :) So, the moral of my story is....testing is only as good as the people who are providing the tests, and a patient history should be gotten from the patient to establish if there was ADD during the patient's childhood, and lastly, just because you are currently doing ok in your life and/or school studies doesn't necessarily mean that you don't have ADD.

Best of luck! :)

P.S. I was busy writing this this big ol' post while everyone else answered your question already! LOL :D
Oh well, I still wanted to share my story somewhere on our forums! :)

Peace! :)