Adhd Test in Singapore | Managing Symptoms With Psychotherapy


Clinical 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 include

  • difficulty with staying focused
  • forgetfulness
  • making careless mistakes
  • avoiding mentally demanding tasks
  • being distracted and losing things often

Symptoms for the hyperactive type can be

  • difficulty with sitting still
  • being very talkative and speaking out of turn
  • often fidgeting, squirming in the seat
  • constantly looking at your phone
  • 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.

If you suspect if you have ADHD/ADD, consider attending this educational workshop by our partner, Colourfully:

Promises also conducts psychological testing for ADHD in adults.

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 have 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.

Managing ADHD

Symptoms can be managed by psychotherapy. Psychotherapy e.g. usually focuses on identifying strengths and weaknesses. Strategies for planning and organization are explored, looking at current strategies that work and developing new ways of dealing with the symptoms.

For a closer look at ADHD and Dr. Winslow’s recommendations, visit our blog or listen to The Straits Times Health Check podcast where he was invited on to talk about ADHD.

Book an appointment with one of our clinicians to schedule an ADHD test:

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DPsych(Clinical), MSPS, Registered Psychologist (Singapore)
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DPsych (Clinical), BA (Hons) Psych, MSPS, MSRP
Senior Forensic Psychologist
MA (Forensic Psych), BSocSc (Hons) (Psych)
Senior Clinical Psychologist
M.Psych (Clinical), MA (App Psych), BSc (Psych, Mgmt, Mktg)
Senior Educational Psychologist
MA (Applied Psych), BSocSc (Hons) (Psych), Dip (Ed Psych)(NIE), Registered Psychologist (S’pore), RQTU (BPS), MSPS
Senior Clinical Psychologist
DPsych (Clinical), BA (Hons) Psych, MAPS, AHPRA
Senior Clinical Psychologist
M. Psychology (Clinical), B. Psychology (Hons), MSPS, AHPRA
Art Psychotherapist
MAAT (Art Therapy), AThR (ANZACATA), AThR (ATAS), BA Psyc (Hons)


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