ADHD & ADD Assessment
- ADHD – Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder
- ADD – Attention Deficit Disorder
ADHD is typically characterized by symptoms such as hyperactivity and inattentiveness. It usually begins during childhood years. The most effective treatment for ADHD is considered to be a combination of medication and psychological and behavioral therapies. Our skilled clinicians specialize in providing tests to determine if a diagnosis of ADHD is appropriate and will work with your child and family to determine the best treatment course for each individual case.
What is the difference between ADHD & ADD?
The terms ADD and ADHD are often used interchangeably, although the current correct medical terminology is ADHD or Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder. ADD was the diagnostic term used in the third addition of the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual (DMS), later revisions of the DSM changed the diagnosis name to Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder to reflect new findings in research*.
ADHD ADD Testing is a Comprehensive Evaluation
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD) are two common neurological conditions that can affect children and adults alike. Fortunately, there are ways to test for these conditions and obtain a diagnosis. There is no specific ADHD and ADD testing process to differentiate between ADHD and ADD. In fact, ADHD is the current diagnostic term for the condition previously known as ADD.
The ADHD and ADD Testing Process
The diagnosis of ADHD and ADD is made based on a comprehensive evaluation that includes a review of the individual’s symptoms, medical history and family history. The evaluation may also include psychological testing, behavioral assessments and interviews with family members, teachers and other caregivers. It is crucial to seek professional help from a licensed healthcare provider to obtain an accurate diagnosis and develop an appropriate treatment plan.
Recognizing the Need for Testing
If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity or a combination of these symptoms that are impacting daily life, it may be time to seek professional help and consider ADHD and ADD testing. Some common signs of ADHD in children and adults in Minneapolis and St. Paul MN, include difficulty paying attention, forgetfulness, disorganization, restlessness, fidgeting, interrupting others, and difficulty completing tasks.
However, it’s important to keep in mind that other underlying conditions or stressors can also cause these symptoms, so a comprehensive evaluation by a licensed mental health provider that includes ADHD and ADD testing is necessary to determine if ADHD is the cause. If you have concerns about ADHD, you can consult with a mental health professional for further guidance.
The Minnesota Mental Health Clinics in Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN, provide ADHD and ADD testing followed by developing a treatment plan, if necessary. Visit the website mnmentalhealth.com to make an appointment at one of the clinic locations.
At your request, we will contact you confidentially to discuss the program and set an appointment time.