Neuropsychological Testing for ADHD

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (often called ADHD, and incorrectly called ADD or attention deficit disorder) is a persisting condition that is generally identified in childhood, but may be identified in adults. The hallmark symptoms of ADHD include difficulty paying close attention , physical hyperactivity and impulsive behavior. Children with

 ADHD often have low self-esteem, difficulties with relationships and poor school performance. ADHD has three different subtypes including inattentive type, hyperactive-impulsive type and mixed type.

ADHD involves a number of symptoms seen in other disorders, so it is essential that a full neuropsychological evaluation be conducted to determine the proper diagnosis – especially if medications may be involved.  Formal testing is also important to determine the specific subtype and identify the most effective recommendations for your child’s specific symptoms. It is also important to note that girls with ADHD often go undiagnosed because they tend to be better controlled than boys are, even though they may be similarly distracted in class.

Signs of ADHD include:

  • Poor attention to details or frequent careless mistakes
  • Trouble sustaining attention during tasks or play
  • Seeming like they “don’t listen”
  • Inability to follow instructions or finish homework
  • Difficulties organizing
  • A tendency to lose important items like books, pencils or toys
  • Distractibility
  • Forgetfulness
Signs of hyperactive/impulsive behavior include:
  • Fidgets or squirms frequently
  • Often leaves his or her seat in class
  • Often runs or climbs excessively or feels restless
  • Always seems “on the go”
  • Talks excessively
  • Blurts out the answers inappropriately
  • Has difficulty waiting for his or her turn
  • Often interrupts or intrudes on others’ conversations or games

If you have concerns that you or a loved one should have neuropsychological testing for ADHD, please contact us to find out more about what can be done to help and to develop a treatment plan optimized to address your specific difficulties.

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