ADHD Impacting You or Your Child's Life?

Take the First Step:
Request an ADHD Evaluation

If you or a loved one have been experiencing symptoms that could indicate Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), it's essential to take proactive steps towards understanding the situation better. An ADHD evaluation can be a crucial first step in this journey.

When to Consider an ADHD Test

The first step in getting you or a loved one help is identifying the possibility for having ADHD. To help with this, we have outlined some of the more common signs and symptoms of ADHD. It is important to seek proper treatment if you recognize these symptoms in yourself or someone close to you.

What are the Signs & Symptoms of ADHD?

  • Persistent inattention, such as difficulty focusing on tasks or frequently switching from one activity to another
  • Regularly making careless mistakes in schoolwork or other activities
  • Difficulty following through on instructions and failing to finish schoolwork or chores
  • Frequent forgetfulness in daily activities
  • Often losing items necessary for tasks or activities
  • Regularly distracted by extraneous stimuli
  • Hyperactivity, such as being fidgety or restless
  • Impulsive behavior, such as interrupting others or blurting out answers before questions have been completed
  • Difficulty sitting still for extended periods
  • Excessive talking

It is important to note that these symptoms can vary greatly from person to person, and the presence of these symptoms does not necessarily mean a person has ADHD. A professional diagnosis is crucial for accurate identification and treatment of ADHD. This brings us to the topic of testing. 

Why Get Evaluated for ADHD?

Because ADHD can be really tricky to diagnose! Problems with attention or activity level can have many sources, and parents and therapists alike are often overwhelmed by the possibilities. So often, parents or individuals are asking themselves questions like, “When do problems with concentration become too much?” or “Isn’t my kid’s level of frustration normal?”

Testing for ADHD provides a comprehensive method of comparing an individual’s abilities and behaviors against other people their age. In addition to completing an in-depth clinical interview, psychologist have tools that are not available to other professions such as:

  • IQ Tests
  • Psychological measures related to attention and hyperactivity
  • In-Person tasks that evaluate attention and executive functioning skills
  • Screening for other conditions that cause attention problems
  • Computerized attention tests
  • The time and knowledge to gather collateral information from sources such as classroom teachers
  • The ability to synthesize all of the above information to provide a comprehensive view of the individual

By the end of the process, almost all parents, therapists, and teachers find the ADHD evaluation process to provide clarity, reassurance, and actionable steps toward change.

Understanding ADHD Five Fundamental Aspects

ADHD is a motivation or boredom disorder.  People with ADHD are usually not motivated to do things except what they are interested in at the moment.  If they are interested in something then they can do it for long periods.  This is confusing for parents and teachers because they will see the person persisting with things they like, but then struggling with chores, following rules, and homework.  Individuals with ADHD often get described as lazy, selfish, insensitive, and self-centered because they pay more attention to things that are new, highly stimulating, or interesting, and struggle with things that are routine, ordinary, boring, or tedious (such as schoolwork, chores, lectures).

ADHD is an organization disorder.  People with ADHD often are quite messy and disorganized.  Whereas many individuals take for granted their ability to be organized and follow steps to complete everyday tasks, like cleaning a room, doing homework, or doing a project, persons with ADHD can have trouble starting a project or activity, remaining focused, and persisting in the small tasks that make up a larger task.  Because of this problem, they tend to be notorious procrastinators and will also struggle to maintain things in neat or orderly ways.

ADHD is a frustration disorder.  People with ADHD can appear angry, but it is often really frustration.  ADHD often includes frustration tolerance problems, meaning those with the disorder frequently do not tolerate frustration as well as others their age.  When things don’t go their way or when they are told to do things they do not want to do, they can become frustrated.  When frustrated they can have temper tantrums or outbursts where they yell, cry, scream, or say mean things.

ADHD is a self-control disorder.  Some individuals with ADHD experience problems with impulsivity and have a hard time controlling their actions.  They do and say things without thinking about the consequences of their behaviors, and this can cause them to be rude and get into trouble.  They have serious self-control problems, and struggle with the ability to stop, think, inhibit, plan, and then act, as well as to continue doing things while other distracting things are occurring.

ADHD is a time-disorder.  Time management problems are common due to having difficulties with planning ahead and anticipating negative outcomes from their behavior.  They lose track of time more easily and are often late for things.

ADHD is not a common sense condition and may appear strange to parents, teachers, spouses, and co-workers who have not been educated about ADHD.  Appropriate diagnosis and intervention is key. To learn more about this disorder and whether ADHD testing and/or counseling would be helpful to identify if ADHD is present in your child, spouse, or you, please call to speak with one of our licensed professionals.

Meet Our ADHD Providers

Counselor headshot for Suzanne Mahaney, L.P.C.
Suzanne Mahaney, L.P.C.
Therapist- Morgens Jensen, Ph.D. Headshot
Mogens Jensen, Ph.D.
Counselor Headshot for Tanya Zeiliger, L.P.C.
Tanya Zeiliger, L.P.C.
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Dana Griffith, L.C.S.W
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Neil Martin, Psy.D.
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Erica Chesser, L.P.C.
Yen-Chu Chen, L.P.C.
Yen-Chu Chen, L.P.C.
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Marjorie Bonheur, L.M.S.W.
Counselor headshot for Kovita Bhasin, A.P.C.
Kovita Bhasin, A.P.C.
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Sara Callahan, L.P.C.
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Brenda Norton Hall, L.P.C., N.C.C., C.S.C.
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Shaily Singh, L.P.C.
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Sarah Taylor, L.P.C.