It is very common to experience trouble focusing or completing tasks from time to time. In fact, this happens more often than we realize. But, have you ever wondered if the trouble you or your child are experiencing may be due to something more than a slip of the mind? Is it possible the symptoms you are experiencing are a result of ADHD? Are they from another clinical disorder? Have you struggled with these challenges since a child yourself? You may learn a great deal about yourself with ADHD testing in Florida. 
 
It is understandable how frustrating it can be to try your best to remain focused to complete a task. Or, remembering to take medication first thing in the morning but remain unsuccessful. These challenges likely carry over into other settings such as work or school. For example, trying to remain focused on an exam or to finish an assignment by the deadline. No matter the effort, you can’t seem to meet the goal.
A girl makes a funny face into a magnifying glass as their lab partner watches entertained. This could represent the difficulties with attention that come with ADHD. We offer ADHD testing in Florida, ADHD testing near Tampa, FL, and other services! Contact us and learn more about our ADHD test for children.

In a school setting, many individuals with ADHD often say these things to themselves: 

  • Teachers always thought I was dumb and lazy, but I didn’t know what was going on because I was daydreaming most the time.”
  • “Why can I never get my work done on time?”
  • “I was not listening to any of that.”

If these thoughts have ever crossed your mind, whether it be at school or work, you might have ADHD. However, only ADHD testing will accurately report this.

Here are some other things to ask yourself: 

  • Have I been experiencing difficulties with inattentiveness, hyperactivity-impulsivity, or a combination of the two since childhood (before the age of 12)?
  • Are my difficulties present across multiple settings such as home, school, and work?
  • Do my struggles interfere or reduce my daily functioning?
  • My symptoms are not better explained by another mental health condition. 

Are you still unsure if your struggles may be due to ADHD?

Think specifically about challenges you may face with inattentiveness and/or hyperactivity/impulsivity. Consider the following:  

  • Inattentiveness

    • Often makes careless mistakes or disregards details
    • Does not seem to listen when spoken to 
    • Difficulty organizing 
    • Avoids or dislikes long-term tasks
    • Easily distracted 
    • Often forgetful/loses important items
  • Hyperactivity/Impulsivity 
    • Excessive talking
    • Trouble waiting for their turn 
    • Often interrupts or inserts self into conversations
    • Regular fidgeting or squirming 
    • Cannot participate in leisure activities quietly 
A young student looks at their homework with a confused look. This could represent the difficulties children with ADHD experience. Contact us to learn about ADHD testing near Tampa, FL, and if an ADHD test for kids can offer you support!

* If you answered yes to a majority of the considerations listed above, you likely fit the criteria for an individual with undiagnosed ADHD.

But how do you know for certain if you have ADHD?

Who can you go to when determining if you meet the criteria for ADHD testing? A psychiatrist, psychologist, psychotherapist, neurologist, and some physicians offer ADHD testing in Florida. Yet, it is important to ask your chosen care provider if they have experience with ADHD testing.

If you have an interest in ADHD testing, you might begin by talking with your primary care provider (PCP). Your PCP can provide you with a referral to a professional who can accurately assess you.
 
You have met with your doctor received a referral, but you are still questioning, “Why do I need ADHD testing?” or “What can ADHD testing do for me?” ADHD testing is important for several reasons.
 
For starters, it is important to know that ADHD is a neurological disorder. It can have a significant and extensive impact on an individual’s learning and behavior. ADHD can affect executive functioning, which is the ability to work efficiently and execute plans. 

Typically, students with ADHD struggle with writing and reading comprehension

Because these areas are dependent on executive functioning. As stated before, impulse control can be another problematic symptom. Individuals who struggle with this symptom tend to find it harder to control their impulses. As a result, they may irritate others, make careless mistakes, or violate rules.

For a child, teen, or adult in a school setting, undergoing ADHD testing in Florida can be the difference between prolonged struggles or failure and passing and graduation. For a student diagnosed with ADHD, a test and report written by a professional can be key in their success.

 
Students such as these may receive instructional support and accommodations also known as a 504 plan. The purpose of special accommodations is to ensure that the needs of students with disabilities are being met as sufficiently as students without disabilities.

Special accommodations that can be made under a student’s 504 plan may be but are not limited to: 

  • Modifications in the classroom and/or to homework assignments such shortening an assignment 
  • Reduced amount of written work 
  • More frequent breaks between sections of work
  • Extended time on exams or assignments
  • A quiet place to complete tests
  • Preferential seating away from distractions 
  • One-on-one tutoring 
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It is important to keep in mind that symptoms of ADHD can present in a similar way to other mental health conditions.

ADHD can present similarly to:

  • Learning disorders

Hence, the importance of ADHD testing as an accurate diagnosis will help guide treatment planning.

For example, you report feeling depressed or anxious and believe this to be your main struggle. In reality, you are likely feeling depressed or anxious because of ADHD-related symptoms. So, addressing the depression or anxiety head-on will not help tackle the main problem, ADHD. Only by addressing ADHD will lasting change occur.

Reducing symptoms of ADHD

Treating ADHD will likely help decrease experienced depression or anxiety, leading to a better mood. Being aware of what to focus on in treatment will help streamline progress in daily functioning. To reiterate, the goal of ADHD testing is to help you be more effective in day-to-day life. Thus, reducing untreated symptoms of ADHD that may interfere with your happiness and ability to complete goals.
 
As such, treatment may also include medication regimens. Having an accurate diagnosis will help determine whether you need medication for ADHD or another mental health condition. Being prescribed the correct medication is crucial. It will play a major role in your ability to remain focused, on task, attentive, and so forth.
 
Treatment for ADHD may also include engagement in cognitive behavioral therapy or self-education on ADHD. ADHD testing in Florida is also beneficial as it can help you view your past struggle in a new light.

If you would like to have ADHD testing completed, please contact Sheltering Oaks Counseling at 813-982-4230 and set up an appointment.

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Other Mental Health Services at Sheltering Oaks Counseling

Your family may need help in more than one way. At Sheltering Oaks Counseling, we want to meet the mental health needs of every member of your family. Therefore, we offer a number of  mental health services at our Wesley Chapel, FL based therapy clinic.  For example, our therapists offer Christian counselingcounseling for young adults, therapy for cancer survivors and trauma therapy. We also have marriage counseling, family therapy, play therapy, and counseling for ministers. Not only can we help you in our Tampa area counseling offices, but we can also work with you anywhere in the state with online therapy in Florida.

Additionally, we offer several types of testing services, including neuropsychological testing, ADHD testing, psychoeducational evaluationGifted testing, and more. Finally, our specialty services for veterans and parents as IEP advocates can help you too! We would love to connect when you are ready to reach out.

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