ADD / ADHD Testing
ADD / ADHD (Attention-Deficit Disorder / Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) Testing or evaluation is a multifaceted process. Symptoms of a child with ADD/ADHD may be similar to the symptoms exhibited by children with a biological or psychological problem such as anxiety, depression, learning disabilities etc. Thyroid dysfunctions, sleep deprivation etc. can also mimic ADHD. In some cases these other conditions may be the primary diagnosis; in others, these conditions may co-exist with ADD/ADHD. Diagnosing ADHD in teens presents a special challenge because the symptoms may resemble normal teen behavior or the typical adolescent issues.
Many adults also have been living with ADHD and don't even recognize it because the symptoms are often mistaken for a stressful life. There are others who make a self-diagnosis after looking through some checklists on the Internet. It is extremely important to consult a qualified professional to make an accurate diagnosis.
How can we help?
There is no single conclusive medical or general test available to diagnose ADHD. Therefore a comprehensive evaluation is necessary to rule out other causes and conditions and make a diagnosis. The evaluation requires time and effort and includes a detailed careful analysis of the history, symptom / behavior patterns checklists and standardized behavior rating scales. The evaluation also involves consultation with the key person's in the individual's life such as parents, teachers, pediatrician, physician, psychiatrist etc. before making the diagnosis. We spend a significant amount of time with the individual before making a diagnosis.
An accurate diagnosis brings a sense of relief. The next step after an accurate diagnosis is the treatment. Once we understand the root cause of the problems, we can start facing them and start taking measures to rectify them. We provide specific recommendations, behavior management techniques and parent education & training etc. tailored to the unique needs of each individual and family.