Psychological Assessment Services

MPS PLLC specializes in the assessment of attention disorders.

 

What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a disorder of the frontal lobe. The frontal lobe is the part of the brain that regulates problem solving, decision making and control of purposeful behaviors. Common symptoms of ADHD include difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and hyperactivity/over-activity.

Important Things to Know About ADHD:

ADHD can be diagnosed and treated at any age. Although oftentimes ADHD is identified in childhood, it is possible for symptoms to go undetected until later in life. To determine if you or someone close to you struggles from a potential attention deficit, ask yourself or your loved one if:  

  • I consistently have difficulty getting and/or staying organized?
  • I feel easily “scattered brained” or distracted?
  • I struggle to make well-informed decisions?
  • I act impulsively and/or struggle to think about the negative consequences of your behavior?
  • I have difficulty keeping jobs or completing projects at work or school?
  • I experience difficulty maintaining healthy friendships or romantic relationships?
  • I have problems sustaining my attention for a long period of time on a task?
  • I start multiple tasks/projects at once and struggle to complete them?

If you or your loved one answered yes to many or all of the above questions it may be worthwhile to undergo an attention disorder evaluation. Undiagnosed and untreated attention deficits can lead to lifelong academic or career frustrations, relationship difficulties, money mismanagement, and/or could place an individual at increased risk for the abuse of substances and/or other destructive behavior(s).

ADHD Subtypes:

There are 3 types of ADHD. The symptoms must persist for a minimum of six months and the symptoms must be present in school/work as well as other areas of the individual’s life.

Subtypes:

1ADHD, Predominantly Inattentive Type

2. ADHD, Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Type

3. ADHD, Combined Type

Inattention symptoms include:

 

  • Not paying attention to detail
  • Making careless mistakes
  • Failing to pay attention and keep on task
  • Not listening
  • Being unable to follow or understand instructions
  • Avoiding tasks that involve effort
  • Being distracted or forgetful
  • Losing things that are needed to complete tasks

Hyperactivity-impulsivity symptoms include:

  • Fidgeting
  • Squirming
  • Getting up often when seated
  • Running or climbing at inappropriate times
  • Having trouble playing quietly
  • Talking excessively or out of turn
  • Interrupting

Combined type symptoms include:

  • A combination of both hyperactive-impulsive symptoms and inattentive features

How is ADHD diagnosed?:

The diagnosis of ADHD involves a comprehensive diagnostic assessment which includes:

  • A thorough diagnostic interview, including a detailed history of past and current functioning
  • A comprehensive history of your developmental, medical, academic, work, social, and family life
  • ADHD symptom checklists
  • Standardized behavior rating scales
  • Other types of psychometric testing as deemed necessary
  • A review of past evaluations and school records
  • Screening for the presence of other co-morbid conditions (i.e. anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, etc.)
  • After the assessment is completed a  written report detailing  results, test interpretations, and a treatment plan to alleviate attention deficits will be provided.