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ADHD Assessment for Adults: Overcome Treatment Obstacles, Identify Co-Morbidities & Resolve Diagnostic Dilemmas

Dr. Roberto Olivardia, PhD
4 Hours 28 Minutes
Audio and Video
Jun 03, 2022
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When ADHD is misdiagnosed or undiagnosed it presents tremendous life challenges for your clients…

Struggles at work, parenting and relationships can destroy your client’s self-esteem leaving them feeling hopeless.

Get the education to give your clients a path toward thriving in life.

Join Harvard-trained Dr. Roberto Olivardia to go beyond DSM-5® diagnostic criteria and dive into expert assessment. You’ll learn:

  • The right questions to make assessment quicker & easier!
  • ADHD screening & assessments – plus, their limitations
  • How the ADHD brain works in a language your client can understand
  • Best practices for identifying learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety, mood disorders, eating disorders & MORE!

Register today to advance your ADHD diagnosis, assessment & screening expertise!


Planning Committee Disclosure - No relevant relationships

All members of the PESI, Inc. planning committee have provided disclosures of financial relationships with ineligible organizations and any relevant non-financial relationships prior to planning content for this activity. None of the committee members had relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies or other potentially biasing relationships to disclose to learners.  For speaker disclosures, please see the faculty biography.


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Dr. Roberto Olivardia is a clinical psychologist, lecturer in the department of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and clinical associate at McLean Hospital. He maintains a private psychotherapy practice in Lexington, Massachusetts, where he specializes in the treatment of ADHD, executive functioning issues, and issues that face students with learning differences. He also specializes in the treatment of Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD), Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and in the treatment of eating disorders in boys and men. He is co-author of The Adonis Complex, a book which details the various manifestations of body image problems in males. He has appeared in publications such as TIME, GQ, and Rolling Stone, and has been featured on Good Morning America, CNN, and VH1. He has spoken on numerous podcasts and webinars and presents at many talks and conferences around the country. He serves on the Professional Advisory Boards for Children with ADHD (CHADD) and The Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA). He sits on the Scientific Advisory Board for ADDitude and is a featured expert for Understood.


Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Dr. Roberto Olivardia maintains a private practice and has employment relationships with McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Within Health, and Women Insight, Inc. He receives royalties as a published author and is a consultant with the National Institute of Drug Abuse, Risk Factors for Anabolic-Androgenic Steroid Abuse. Dr. Olivardia receives a speaking honorarium and recording royalties from PESI, Inc. He has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Dr. Roberto Olivardia is a member of the Academy for Eating Disorders, the American Association of Suicidology, the American Psychological Association, the Attention Deficit Disorder Association, the Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, the International Dyslexia Association, the International Obsessive-Compulsive Foundation, the Massachusetts Psychological Association, and the Multi-Service Eating Disorder Association.


  1. Theorize how aspects of the ADHD brain help explain its symptoms.
  2. Investigate components of a thorough clinical assessment for ADHD.
  3. Diagnose symptoms and features of various co-morbid disorders and conditions (i.e. learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorder, anxiety disorders, mood disorders, substance abuse and addictive disorders, and eating disorders).
  4. Determine differential factors between ADHD and the comorbid disorders and conditions.


Diagnosing ADHD Properly 
  • Review of the DSM-5® Criteria
  • Problems and Limitations of the DSM-5® criteria
  • Common ADHD surveys
  • Problems and Limitations with ADHD surveys
  • Neuropsychological testing Measures and Indices for ADHD
  • Problems and Limitations with neuropsychological testing
  • Understanding the ADHD Brain
Components of a Clinical Evaluation 
  • Going beyond the criteria
  • Ask more detail about symptoms that people endorse or deny (questions to ask)
  • Understanding the importance of context
  • Screening for psychiatric disorders and possible comorbid disorders for differential diagnosis
ADHD and Co-Morbid Disorders: The rule rather than the exception 
*Each section reviews traits/symptoms of the co-morbid disorder, how having ADHD can be a risk factor and/or is commonly associated, how to differentiate it from ADHD, as well as treatment/interventions when people have both ADHD and the comorbid disorder
  • Learning disabilities 
    • Dyslexia
    • Dyscalculia
    • Dysgraphia
    • Non-Verbal Learning Disability (NVLD)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder 
  • Anxiety Disorders 
    • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
    • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
    • Social Anxiety Disorder 
    • Anxiety secondary to ADHD and executive function issues
  • Mood Disorders 
    • Depression
    • Dysthymia
    • Bipolar Disorder and Bipolar Spectrum Disorders
    • Suicide
  • Substance Abuse and other Addictions 
    • Cannabis
    • Alcohol
    • Other Addictive Behaviors
  • Eating Disorders and Body Image Problems 
    • Binge Eating Disorder
    • Bulimia Nervosa
    • Anorexia Nervosa
    • Body Dysmorphic Disorder
    • Men and Eating Disorders

Target Audience

  • Counselors
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Teachers
  • School Administrators
  • Addiction Counselors
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Occupational Therapy Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Physicians
  • Other Helping Professionals 

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