In this day and age, it seems like you can't turn around without hearing the words Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder or ADHD. It seems that almost everyone knows someone who has been diagnosed with this psychiatric condition. Truly, it is one of the most over-diagnosed and at the same time misdiagnosed conditions today.

Family Portrait With that being said, how can you be sure that the behaviors you are seeing today are really being caused by the neurodevelopmental disorder called ADHD and not just a typical active 5-year old behaving like a typical active 5-year-old? Perhaps, you are the frustrated parent of an impulsive and hyperactive child whose classroom teacher has been repeatedly calling you with their issues and concerns? Or perhaps you are an adult who was never formally diagnosed as a child and you are currently experiencing the negative complications of an untreated condition?

All of us at Premier Psychological Services in Houston, TX are very careful in how we evaluate this condition. After a thorough clinical interview, we perform two types of testing: Subjective and Objective.

Subjective testing is done with the use of rating scales that assess cognitive, behavioral, and emotional problems with a focus on ADHD and co-morbid disorders. These tests are completed by the parent, teacher and if appropriate, the child. For our adult clients, these forms are completed by you and another adult whom you trust, such as your spouse or parent.

Our Objective testing is a performance-based computer test, also known as a "continuous performance test" which measures brain processing speed, boredom, tolerance levels, and ability to persevere.

All the raw data from the tests will be evaluated, along with the information collected during the clinical interview, and lastly, a diagnosis will be determined. This includes a written report with extensive recommendations to guide you with your treatment planning. If necessary, your psychologist may also recommend that an IQ test will be included in this process to further assess cognitive functioning. If you believe you or your child would benefit from this type of evaluation, be sure to give us a call today.

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