ADHD Testing

Adult Psychiatry Clinic located in Tempe, AZ

ADHD Testing
ADHD Testing services offered in Tempe, AZ

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), also referred to as Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), is the most common neurodevelopmental condition affecting a greater number of children and young people, which often persists into adulthood.

QbTest is an FDA cleared, CE marked and widely used objective test that measures core ADHD symptoms: activity, attention and impulsivity. A typical test lasts no more than 15-20 minutes.

The test results are instantly analyzed and presented in a report that compares a patient's results with a group of people of the same age and gender who do not have ADHD.

It is our most advanced ADHD management system, designed for more accurate diagnosis and treatment follow up. 

Qbtech gives our psychiatric providers, objective data to inform the decision about ruling in or ruling out ADHD. Alevea can:

  • Diagnose and rule out ADHD with greater confidence
  • Optimise treatment objectively
  • Enhance communication with our patients

ADHD diagnosis

An ADHD diagnosis should only be made by a clinical psychologist, psychiatrist, pediatrician or other appropriately qualified healthcare professional. He or she will make a clinical decision following a comprehensive clinical evaluation, which can include, but is not limited to:

  1. Psychiatric Evaluations
  2. Self-reports by use of validated rating scales
  3. Objective ADHD test such as QbTest or QbCheck

Based on information gathered during a clinical comprehensive evaluation, a diagnosis is made when the child or adult’s ADHD symptoms meet the criteria as set out in a medical classification system such as the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – 5th edition (DSM-5). The DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for ADHD are currently as follows:

1. Inattention

Six or more symptoms of inattention for children up to age 16, or five or more for adolescents 17 and older and adults; symptoms of inattention have been present for at least 6 months, are inappropriate for developmental level, and negatively impact directly on social and academic/occupational activities. Symptoms are:

  • Often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, at work, or with other activities.
  • Often has trouble holding attention on tasks or play activities.
  • Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly.
  • Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace (e.g., loses focus, side-tracked).
    Often has trouble organizing tasks and activities.
  • Often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to do tasks that require mental effort over a long period of time (such as schoolwork or homework).
  • Often loses things necessary for tasks and activities (e.g. school materials, pencils, books, tools, wallets, keys, paperwork, eyeglasses, mobile telephones).
  • Is often easily distracted
  • Is often forgetful in daily activities.

2. Hyperactivity and Impulsivity

Six or more symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity for children up to age 16, or five or more for adolescents 17 and older and adults; symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity have been present for at least 6 months to an extent that is disruptive and inappropriate for the person’s developmental level and negatively impact directly on social and academic/occupational activities. Symptoms are:

  • Often fidgets with or taps hands or feet, or squirms in seat.
  • Often leaves seat in situations when remaining seated is expected.
  • Often runs about or climbs in situations where it is not appropriate (adolescents or adults may be limited to feeling restless).
  • Often unable to play or take part in leisure activities quietly.
  • Is often “on the go” acting as if “driven by a motor”.
  • Often talks excessively.
  • Often blurts out an answer before a question has been completed.
  • Often has trouble waiting his/her turn.
  • Often interrupts or intrudes on others (e.g., butts into conversations or games)

In addition, the following conditions must be met...

  • Several inattentive or hyperactive-impulsive symptoms were present before age 12 years.
  • Several symptoms are present in two or more setting, (such as at home, school or work; with friends or relatives; in other activities).
  • There is clear evidence that the symptoms interfere with, or reduce the quality of, social, school, or work functioning.
  • The symptoms are not better explained by another mental disorder (such as a mood disorder, anxiety disorder, dissociative disorder, or a personality disorder).
  • The symptoms do not happen only during the course of schizophrenia or another psychotic disorder.

Based on the types of symptoms, three kinds (presentations) of ADHD can occur...

Combined Presentation: if enough symptoms of both criteria inattention and hyperactivity-impulsivity were present for the past six months

Predominantly Inattentive Presentation: if enough symptoms of inattention, but not hyperactivity-impulsivity, were present for the past six months

Predominantly Hyperactive-Impulsive Presentation: if enough symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity, but not inattention, were present for the past six months.

Call Alevea Mental Health or schedule an appointment online today to learn more about ADHD Testing.