ADHD Testing and Evaluation Specialists

Clinical Psychologists, Therapists, and Psychiatrists in Southlake and Flower Mound, TX

ADHD Testing and Evaluation Services

Struggling with the demands of daily life can be a real challenge, especially if you or your loved ones find it difficult to pay attention, control impulses, or maintain focus. At Dr. Messina & Associates in Southlake, Texas, and Flower Mound, Texas, we specialize in providing high-end psychological services for individuals seeking assistance with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

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ADHD Testing and Evaluation Q & A

How is ADHD Diagnosed?

ADHD, short for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, is a prevalent neurodevelopmental condition often identified in childhood but continuing into adulthood. People with ADHD experience a unique set of challenges, which evolve with age.

ADHD diagnosis involves a multifaceted process that encompasses a thorough evaluation of an individual’s behavioral patterns, cognitive function, and medical history. This comprehensive assessment should be conducted by specialists experienced in identifying and treating ADHD.

The diagnosis of ADHD is not a one-size-fits-all process. It requires a nuanced understanding of an individual’s unique experiences and challenges. Once a diagnosis is made, a personalized treatment plan can be developed to address the specific needs of the individual.

Ready to make an evaluation appointment today?

Understanding ADHD Subtypes — There’s More Than One.

In diagnosing ADHD, healthcare professionals reference the DSM-5, a comprehensive guide ensuring consistency. It defines criteria for inattention, hyperactivity, impulsivity, symptom duration, and impact.

ADHD manifests in three primary subtypes:

Inattentiveness: Individuals grapple with focus and organizational challenges.

Hyperactivity: Restlessness and impulsive decision-making characterize this subtype.

Combined: Symptoms from both the inattentive and hyperactive types are present.

Understanding that each ADHD subtype demands a tailored approach to management and treatment is crucial. To create an individualized plan, you need the right specialist who can pinpoint symptoms and understand how they affect your or your loved one’s daily life.

Struggling with symptoms of ADHD in your life?

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Recognizing ADHD Symptoms

We strongly advise against self-diagnosing yourself or your loved ones from anything you may read online. However, to determine if you or a family member may be experiencing symptoms that significantly impact daily life, consider the following:

Signs of ADHD — Inattention

  • Distractibility
  • Forgetfulness in Daily Tasks
  • Trouble Engaging in Conversations or Lectures
  • Struggles With Task Organization
  • Difficulty Following Instructions
  • Frequent Mistakes Due to Inattention
  • Misplacing Essential Items
  • Reluctance to Engage in Mentally Demanding Tasks

At Dr. Messina & Associates, we unravel the complexities of inattention, helping individuals regain control and clarity over their daily lives.

Signs and Symptoms of ADHD — Hyperactivity-Impulsivity

While we will always advocate that you seek professional help when diagnosing an anxiety disorder, understanding the signs and symptoms of anxiety can often be helpful. Are you struggling with:

Non-stop Talking

Blurting Out Responses Prematurely

Impatience With Waiting or Taking Turns

Interrupting Conversations or Activities

Restlessness or Fidgeting

Inappropriate Physical Movement

A Constant Urge to Stay in Motion

Our compassionate experts at Dr. Messina & Associates can help you understand and manage these symptoms, regaining control over what feels like chaos.

The Path to Clarity: Accurate ADHD Diagnosis

Recognizing these signs and symptoms is a vital first step, but it doesn’t confirm an ADHD diagnosis. Dr. Messina & Associates offers comprehensive evaluations conducted by experienced clinical psychologists to provide you with a precise diagnosis.

Personalized ADHD Treatment

Experienced in ADHD Treatment

Should you or your child be diagnosed with ADHD, our dedicated team customizes a treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. Your treatment may involve a combination of:

  • Medication
  • Psychotherapy
  • Parent Behavioral Training

Our skilled psychiatrists prescribe medication with careful medication management, ensuring you or your child receives the most appropriate treatment. If your child is of school age, we may recommend special education services to support their academic journey.

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Take the First Step Towards Clarity

To embark on your journey towards understanding and managing ADHD, reach out to Dr. Messina & Associates. Call our office at 817-677-0449 or easily schedule an appointment online today.
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