ADHD TestClinical Diagnostics
What is ADHD?
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a medical condition that affects a person’s ability to pay attention and control impulsive behaviours. ADHD can also express itself in children and can typically be detected from age 5 onwards.
There are two categories:
(i) Inattention (sometimes also called attention-deficit disorder (ADD));
(ii) Hyperactivity / Impulsivity.
Symptoms for the inattention category
- difficulty with staying focused
- making careless mistakes
- inability to follow instructions carefully and thoroughly
- avoiding mentally demanding tasks
- being distracted easily by irrelevant sights and sounds
- losing things often
Symptoms for the hyperactive type
Symptoms of hyperactivity include excessive restlessness, impulsivity, and more. However, not all individuals with ADHD exhibit hyperactive symptoms, and some may only experience inattention or a combination of both inattention and hyperactivity. Either way, these behaviours can be disruptive and affect a person’s ability to engage in activities or complete tasks and can also cause problems in social situations and relationships. Signs of hyperactivity include:
- difficulty with sitting still
- being very talkative and speaking out of turn
- often fidgeting, squirming in the seat
- constantly looking at your phone
- Excessive running and climbing
- having a high energy level, and being constantly on the move
Please note that even if you have experienced many of these symptoms, it does not necessarily mean that you have ADHD. When a clinician diagnoses ADHD, they also take into account the following factors:
- the intensity and frequency of these behaviours,
- duration of the behaviours – at least 6 months,
- whether they persist every day, and
- if they cause significant impairment in functioning in a major area of life, such as school, work, family, or social life.
Causes and Risk Factors of ADHD
ADHD has a biological basis, and genetics can also play a role; a child is much more likely to develop ADHD if either of their parents has the disorder. ADHD in children is usually more severe in its symptoms and tends toward hyperactivity. ADHD in children can lead to poorer than expected results in their education and social development. Promises’ professional child psychologists are well-trained in ADHD spectrum testing and treatment.
If you suspect your child has ADHD, you should consult a professional clinician to diagnose them.
Treatment for Kids with ADHD
When it comes to managing ADHD in children, there are several approaches available. Generally, the treatment of ADHD in children typically involves a combination of medication and therapy.
Pharmacological treatments, including stimulants and non-stimulants, can help improve attention, reduce hyperactivity, and control impulsive behaviours. Another effective method is occupational therapy, which can help children with their sensory and social skill issues. Behavioural therapy, such as parent training and social skills training provided by a qualified psychologist in Singapore, can also be effective in managing symptoms and improving daily functioning. Additionally, creating a structured routine and providing a supportive environment can help children with ADHD thrive. It is important for parents and caregivers to work closely with a healthcare professional to develop a tailored treatment plan that addresses the child’s specific needs and goals. With the right treatment plan, children with ADHD can learn to manage their symptoms and lead fulfilling lives.
Symptoms can be managed by psychotherapy. Psychotherapy e.g. usually focuses on identifying strengths and weaknesses. Strategies for planning and organisation are explored, looking at current strategies that work and developing new ways of dealing with the symptoms.
What to Expect During ADHD Testing?
The Assessment Process:
As part of our ADHD testing procedure, we prioritise an initial assessment with the parent(s) to gather crucial information about the child’s concerns and symptoms.
- Depending on the specific concerns, we administer relevant tests during scheduled sessions. The duration of testing typically spans about two or more sessions of about 2 hrs each. However, the exact length may vary depending on the child’s capacity and individual needs.
- To ensure the child’s comfort and alleviate fatigue and stress, we may choose to space out the testing over multiple days.
- Upon completion of all tests, our team prepares a comprehensive written report based on the assessment and testing outcomes. The report will provide valuable insights into the child’s strengths and difficulties, along with recommendations for both home and school environments.
- To ensure clarity and address any concerns, we arrange a feedback session for parents. During this session, parents will have the opportunity to discuss the report in detail, ask questions, and seek further clarification on any aspects they wish to understand better.
At Promises Healthcare, our goal is to provide a thorough and informative ADHD testing experience. We aim to support parents in understanding their child’s needs and offering appropriate recommendations for their overall well-being and success.
What Would the Fees be Like?
At Promises Healthcare, we understand the importance of transparency when it comes to fees for our services, as the fees may vary depending on the needs. At the initial consultation session, the psychologist will have a discussion with parents regarding the charges for the assessment, which will depend on the specific needs of the child or person and the tests that are required. The charges usually range from SGD$1,800 to SGD$2,800, but this can vary depending on the complexity of the assessment required.
If you or your loved ones are dealing with ADHD, don’t let it hold you back. Our team of experienced professionals at our psychiatric clinic in Singapore is here to help. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and take the first step towards managing ADHD and improving your quality of life.
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