ADHD

ADHD testing

ADHD TESTING – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder which is an officially recognized (neurobiological) brain disorder. 

Growing up with ADHD traits can mean that things develop differently, or your  life has taken different turns then your peers. You may have had difficulty paying  attention at school as a child or took longer finishing your assignments then  others. 

Being forgetful may have gotten you in trouble for not doing what you  were asked to do. Because ADHD is often not recognized as the cause for these things, people are  often misjudged or misunderstood. ADHD testing . . 

The impact of ADHD in one’s life can be huge. Are there symptoms you recognize or are applicable for for you? we can have diagnostic and help you with it – ADHD testing.  

ADHD testing –
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What is ADHD?

Attention deficit

  • Easily distracted 
  • Concentration problems 
  • Difficulty with planning and organizational skills
  • Difficulty switching between different tasks and back 
  • Procrastination
  • Forgetful 
  • Chaotic, misplace or lose items 
  • Only able to really focus on things you find interesting 
  • Difficulty making decisions 

Hyperactivity

  • Difficulty sitting still 
  • Always busy doing something 
  • Feeling the need to walk around 
  • A sense of internal unrest, restlessness 
  • Feeling agitated 
  • Fidgeting or needing to occupy your hands with something Difficulty relaxing 
  • Loud or intense speech 
  • Intensive exercising, doing sports with extreme frequency 

Impulsivity

  • Interrupting or giving an answer before the question is fully asked
  • Temper tantrums 
  • Impulse buys 
  • Blurting things out, wearing your heart on your sleeve 
  • Being argumentative 
  • Impatient 
  • Gambling, risk taking 
  • Act before thinking it through 
  • Doing things you later regret 
  • Difficulty waiting your turn 

Treatment through pharmaceutical therapy

Medication is the first choice of therapy for adults with ADHD. This has been  extensively researched for validity as a form of treatment for ADHD. It has a  positive effect on ADHD symptoms for many people. It can lessen feelings of  restlessness and improve attention and concentration. If you have questions about medication, you can discuss them with your nurse  practitioner, G.P. or psychiatrist.

Treatment through Cognitive  Behavioral Therapy (CBT) 

Although medication can help with focus and a sense of calm, you can still  experience difficulties with ADHD. You can have problems with organizational skills, procrastination or a negative self-image. Generally,  these have more to do with thought or behavior patterns developed over the  years. These are themes that can be worked on during cognitive behavioral  therapy.  

Behavioral therapy 

The therapy program is geared to changing behavior patterns. Certain  behaviors can strengthen, maintain or worsen ADHD symptoms. During the  therapy program you work together with the psychologist to analyze which  behaviors are detrimental to your overall functioning. Behaviors such as  avoidance or procrastinating on tasks that need to be done or the lack of a  system to organize and do them. Then, together you find alternative ways to  approach things.

Cognitive therapy 

Aside from changing behavior patterns, attention is given to (negative)  thought patterns and how to change them. Cognitive behavioral therapy is  based on the idea that thoughts influence how you react and the emotions that are  experienced in the moment. Together with the psychologist, you will explore  (negative) thought patterns and how they drive your actions, consciously or  subconsciously. Then you can judge if these thoughts and feelings are realistic  or that it might be able to approach situations in a different manner.