Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects an estimated 10% of children and 5% of adults, causing emotional and behavioral challenges that disrupt their day and affect their success in life. At Cora Health Solutions in the Biltmore Corridor of Phoenix, Arizona, Betsy Serrano, PMHNP, accurately and objectively diagnoses ADHD and the severity of your symptoms with the QbTest®. Call Cora Health Solutions or use online booking to schedule an appointment and learn more about personalized ADHD treatment today.
ADHD is called a neurodevelopmental disorder because it’s caused by underactive brain structures (neurological), and it begins in childhood but typically lasts a lifetime (developmental). The brain changes associated with ADHD cause the condition’s three core problems: inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.
ADHD is often diagnosed during the elementary school years, but it lasts throughout adolescence and adulthood for at least two-thirds of all children. Additionally, you may not be diagnosed with ADHD until you’re an adult.
You or your child may not have all the core problems because there are three types of ADHD: predominantly inattentive, predominantly hyperactive-impulsive, and combined (you have both types).
People with predominantly inattentive ADHD experience symptoms such as:
People with predominantly hyperactive-impulsive ADHD have symptoms such as:
Children and adults share the same basic symptoms, but some are expressed differently as you get older. For example, adults may internalize hyperactivity, causing problems like racing thoughts and agitation.
Your Cora Health Solutions provider diagnoses ADHD in children and adults using the QbTest. During a QbTest, you or your child wear a headband with a reflective piece in the center. A camera tracks movement in the headband while you take the test.
During the test, you sit in front of a computer monitor and push a button on a handheld device when specific symbols appear. This simple test objectively measures attention and impulsive or hyperactive movement. It also reveals the severity of your symptoms.
Most people with ADHD begin their treatment with stimulant medications that reduce hyperactivity and improve attention. Though stimulants are the gold standard, you also have the option of non-stimulant medications if preferred.
Your Cora Health Solutions provider often recommends combining therapy with medication. Therapy helps you learn skills, such as techniques for organizing tasks, controlling anger, or communicating with others.
Call Cora Health Solutions or use the online booking feature to schedule a QbTest and begin ADHD treatment today.