Feeling overwhelmed by life? Facing consistent problems at work (maybe even being repeatedly laid off)? Is it a challenge to show up on time and keep yourself organized? Are you consistently late for projects and turning in assignments past the deadline? Can’t seem to get up and go? If you relate to the majority of these situations, you may be one of the many neurodivergent people living with ADHD in adults, and you should consider Adult ADD and ADHD testing. Luckily, our qualified psychologists provide testing and treatment for ADHD.
ADHD in adults is characterized by a persistent pattern of inattention, impulsivity, and poor follow-through that interferes with functioning at home and in the workplace. This disorder affects both men and women. ADHD starts in childhood and continues throughout your life to varying degrees based on your environment and circumstances.
An estimated 4.4% of adults in the US have ADHD. When applied to the national adult population with ADHD in women and men (ages 18 and over), an estimated 10.5 million adults have ADHD evaluation in the US.
You could take an online quiz and guess if you have ADHD symptoms and are neurodivergent. You could have your family doctor read you ten symptom questions and hand you pills. Instead, why not come to the Sachs Center in New York, where our doctors provide comprehensive Adult ADHD evaluation? You will know with confidence if you have ADHD.
Know With Confidence if You Have Adult ADHD
Many of our clients have shared the same experience with previous ADHD evaluations. They go to a family physician or a very busy psychiatrist. The doctor spends ten minutes with them and says: “I think you have ADD.” The doctor then writes a prescription for medication. The client takes the medication for a few months and then discontinues due to side effects. Deep down, the client is not 100% convinced that they have ADHD. Years and months pass, but the problems persist. Then they call us.
We promise a thorough, comprehensive evaluation for Adult ADHD. The Adult ADHD testing process takes two hours and is conducted in one day. You will leave our virtual office knowing for certain if you have ADHD (and how you can treat it). Following through is your choice, but our goal is for you to feel confident about our assessment.
For more on our unique “Sachs Protocol,” a holistic treatment model our doctors use for adult ADHD, click here.
ADHD Evaluation: What It Entails?
You will meet your psychologist online via Zoom or Google Meet. We work hard to make you feel comfortable because we understand this can be a stressful process to improve your mental health. During the first 30 minutes, we will have a discussion about your current problems, your childhood, school, work, medical, and family histories. We go beyond the “ten simple questions” checklist many other practitioners use for their assessment. Our interview covers past and present ADHD signs, developmental history, emotional functioning, academic history, work history, and personal and family psychiatric history.
There is no simple test for ADHD. However, there are diagnostic criteria for people with ADHD. To diagnose ADHD, a person must have all of the following:
- At least 6 inattentive and/or 6 hyperactive/impulsive symptoms for at least 6 months to a degree that is inconsistent with developmental level and that negatively impacts directly on social and academic/occupational activities (for people ages 17 and older, only 5 symptoms must be present)
- Several symptoms before age 12
- Several symptoms in at least 2 settings (such as home, school, or work)
- Symptoms that clearly interfere with or reduce the quality of social, academic, or occupational functioning
- Symptoms that are not be better explained by another cause (e.g. a separate medical condition).
After the initial interview, we complement the clinical interview with further evidence-based self-report tests of impulsivity, executive functioning, distractibility, attention, and focus.
You will take a five-minute break while we “crunch the numbers.” We combine technology with our years of clinical experience to formulate our thoughts. We tease apart the data, ruling out other conditions that mimic the traits of ADHD (i.e., Depression, Anxiety, Trauma, Peri-Menopause, Hormonal Imbalance).
Adult ADD/ADHD Testing: Conclusions
After we have completed these steps, we discuss our findings with you and share our clinical expertise on the information gathered. We know that hearing you have ADHD might feel confusing or scary. That is why we take the time to answer your questions and explain our holistic approach to treatment. We walk you through our proven methods and provide you with the information and psycho-education you need to move forward with confidence. Your clinician will discuss the various options should you decide to pursue ADHD treatment at the Sachs Center.
An accurate diagnosis is the first step to changing your life. Many men and women go far too long without knowing they have Adult ADHD. The diagnosis that results from our ADHD testing may explain why you struggle to pay attention and follow instructions, lose things, become easily distracted, and find yourself unable to organize tasks and activities. Treatment can help you gain control over ADHD.
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