I was told by psych. that I appear to have ADD from what he can see but wants me to have formal testing done to confirm. Any help and or information would greatly be appreciated! Thanks Sorrya
Hi sorrya - Formal testing requires you to see a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, sometimes a LCSW or MFT (Master's level social worker or marriage family therapist). The Psychologist will administer a battery of tests designed to rule out other disorders that may be coexisting or masquerading as the ADD (mood disorder, anxiety disorder, cognitive processing disorder, etc). The tests will typically include questionnaires requiring both subjective answers (you), and objective answers from teachers and/or family members, spouse, friends, etc. The Dr. will have his own set of tests that he/she uses to determine whether you have an ADD brain or not and/or may use standardized tests or any combination. There is also a hyperactive element of the ADD (ADHD), which would be helpful to know if it existed to then determine what the best course of treatment for you would be. If its a good Dr., you will be able to get a very good diagnosis, prognosis and treatment plan. You may also discover if your symptoms are the result of any other trauma, conditions or disorders going on in your mental or physical physiological processes. It was greatly empowering for me to find out the exact nature of how my brain worked so that I could put it to maximum proper use and not be constantly distracted. There is usually an element of low self-esteem with ADD/ADHD because we haven't been functioning at our best, which tends to reduce our confidence. So, its nice to get help when its indicated. Good Luck! Jillian
They will ask crazy stuff like can you sit still for 20 min without figeting or rubbing your hands together or can you watch a whole movie without getting up before its over just stuff like that but the ? Is can you do that stuff if not welcome to the add or adhd world I have ADHD some times yea i know weird i get real hyper sometimes and sometimes i dont but always have add hope that helps.
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