When the signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) go ignored or untreated, it can impair many important areas of your life, including work, school, personal relationships, and money management.
Being tested for ADHD can help make sense of daily challenges, past decisions, and is typically the first step in ensuring you or your loved one gets the right kind of help. Treatment for ADHD often includes a combination of medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes. When the condition is properly managed, people with ADHD often find that along with symptom relief, they can accomplish a lot more and enjoy an improved quality of life.
What Does ADHD Look Like?
ADHD is a chronic, lifelong condition that can cause problems with focus and concentration, among other things. Signs and symptoms of ADHD vary from person to person and may be mild, moderate, or “extra spicy.” People who suffer from ADHD often first begin experiencing symptoms in childhood. ADHD also tends to run in families.
Most individuals with ADHD experience at least one of the following:
- Difficulty focusing on tasks
- Acting impulsively
- Talking excessively
- Easily distracted
- Poor organizational skills
- Trouble completing tasks
- Frequent fidgeting
If you believe that you or a loved one may have ADHD, our providers can accurately diagnose the condition with a professional assessment and testing.
How Do We Test?
There are a lot of different ADHD screenings that mental health care providers can use. At Denver Wellness Associates, we use the Conners Comprehensive Behavior Rating Scales (Conners CBRS) to screen for ADHD.
The Conners CBRS is an easy-to-use and can help identify if ADHD signs or symptoms are present and help patients better understand their behavior and habits – and how likely these signs or symptoms are to impact the patients life. The Conners test may also help identify signs of other emotional, behavioral, and academic disorders, such as depression and dyslexia.
ADHD Testing FAQs
At Denver Wellness Associates, we screen for ADHD using a variety of tests and professional evaluations. We’ve collected some of the most frequently asked questions we receive on the topic of ADHD testing below.
Getting tested is easy and will take less than an hour of your time. We’ll have you come to the office and guide you to a quiet area with a computer. You’ll take the assessment, and you notify us when you are done. We’ll then schedule you a follow up appointment, either virtual or in-person, to review the results with a psychiatric provider; most people are surprised by how comprehensive the results and plan for treatment are.
ADHD screening questionnaires may be short or long, containing between 20 to 100 or more questions, depending on the type of questionnaire used. The questions are multiple choice and may touch on topics indicating the presence of issues, such as:
- Emotional distress
- Separation anxiety
- Academic difficulties
- Defiant behavior
If you are diagnosed with ADHD after a screening, the diagnosis tends to fall into one of three categories based on a particular pattern of behaviors:
- Primarily Inattentive ADHD – e.g., poor focus and organizational skills, easily bored
- Hyperactive & Impulsive ADHD – e.g., constantly talking, difficulty sitting still, risk-taking
- Combined ADHD – a combination of inattentive, hyperactive, and impulsive behaviors
ADHD testing is not covered by insurance, but our rates are very competitive. Most places charge for a monthly subscription, but we only charge a one time fee of $150. The follow up appointments and treatment would be covered by insurance or at the cash pay rates.
ADHD Testing in Denver and Lakewood, CO
Undiagnosed or inadequately treated ADHD can wreak havoc on the lives of people with the condition, as well as those who love them.
If you think you or a loved one has ADHD, call or text the psychiatric team at Denver Wellness Associates in Denver and Lakewood, Colorado, at (720) 724-3668 or schedule an appointment now. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you prefer.