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Getting ADHD Testing and Treatment in Philadelphia & The Main Line & Online


Get clarity on your symptoms through Philadelphia's expert ADHD testing and diagnosis. We facilitate medication and therapy.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common neurodevelopmental disorder affecting approximately 6 million children in the United States. Characterized by difficulty focusing, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness, ADHD frequently continues from childhood into adulthood, causing impairment across major life domains. The good news is that ADHD is highly treatable when identified accurately and managed with evidence-based interventions. At Renewing Mindsets, we provide comprehensive ADHD testing, diagnosis, and treatment for children, teens, college students, and adults throughout Philadelphia and the Main Line area.


Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms of ADHD


The key symptoms of ADHD fall into two main categories:


Inattention

  • Difficulty paying close attention to details

  • Trouble staying focused during tasks

  • Appearing not to listen when spoken to

  • Struggling to follow instructions

  • Disorganization and forgetfulness

  • Avoiding tasks that require focus


Hyperactivity/Impulsivity

  • Fidgeting and restlessness

  • Excessive talking

  • Difficulty sitting still

  • Constantly on the go

  • Interrupting often

  • Difficulty waiting one's turn


ADHD symptoms start in early childhood and can lead to problems at school, home, work, and in relationships. Some hyperactive/impulsive symptoms tend to decrease with age but challenges with inattention often persist into adulthood.


Understanding the Causes and Risk Factors for ADHD


While the exact causes are still unclear, research shows ADHD often involves:


  • Imbalances in brain chemicals like dopamine and norepinephrine

  • Differences in brain structure and functioning

  • Genetic factors - ADHD runs strongly in families


ADHD risk may increase with:

  • Premature birth or low birth weight

  • Brain injury from illness or trauma

  • Exposure to environmental toxins

  • Alcohol or tobacco use during pregnancy


ADHD is more common in males but still affects a significant number of females. Associated conditions like learning disabilities, anxiety, and depression frequently co-occur with ADHD as well.


Obtaining an Accurate ADHD Evaluation in Philadelphia & The Main Line


Given the profound impact of ADHD across all aspects of life, it is essential to obtain an accurate, comprehensive diagnosis before exploring treatment options. At Renewing Mindsets, our licensed mental health professionals have extensive expertise in assessing and diagnosing ADHD in both children and adults.


The ADHD evaluation process includes:


  • Thorough clinical interview on current symptoms, history, and functioning

  • Validated ADHD rating scales and questionnaires

  • Selected cognitive/neuropsychological testing when warranted

  • Assessment of current life impairment

  • Physical exam and lab tests to rule out other causes when needed


We take the time to carefully evaluate each patient, utilizing the latest diagnostic tools backed by research. We screen for overlapping conditions like mood disorders, learning disabilities, and substance abuse that may mimic ADHD symptoms. Identifying co-occurring issues allows us to make personalized treatment recommendations tailored to the needs of each patient.


ADHD Treatment Options with Renewing Mindsets


For those diagnosed with ADHD, we develop customized treatment plans drawing from proven, evidence-based interventions. Common ADHD treatment options include:


  • Medication - Stimulants like Adderall or Ritalin are usually the first line treatment. Non-stimulants like Strattera or Wellbutrin may be used instead when appropriate. Our board-certified mental health professionals provide medication management.

  • Education/Training - Our ADHD specialists provide information on ADHD as a brain-based disorder along with practical strategies for managing symptoms successfully.

  • Psychotherapy - Individual or family therapy helps address ADHD impacts on emotions, behaviors, and relationships. Cognitive-behavioral approaches are frequently utilized.

  • Coaching - ADHD coaches help clients set goals, get organized, manage time, reduce procrastination, and build critical life skills.

  • Alternative Therapies - Options like neurofeedback, mindfulness, or biofeedback may complement traditional treatments.


Medication combined with psychosocial interventions often yields the best outcomes. We tailor the treatment plan to each patient's situation and regularly monitor progress.


ADHD Psychiatric Services at Renewing Mindsets


Our board-certified mental health professionals have specialized expertise in assessing, diagnosing, and treating ADHD across the lifespan. They provide services including:


  • Initial psychiatric evaluation - Thorough assessment to determine diagnosis and recommended treatment options.

  • Medication management - Prescribing and closely monitoring medications to find the optimal dosage with minimal side effects. Regular follow-up continues long-term.

  • Telepsychiatry - Psychiatric evaluations, medication management, and therapy provided conveniently via secure video.

  • Integrated care - Close collaboration coordinated with therapists, coaches, primary care doctors, schools, and other involved providers.


Our compassionate mental health professionals take time to explain the pros and cons of medication options. They aim to develop treatments plans that fit seamlessly into each patient’s needs and lifestyle.


Treating ADHD Early Sets the Foundation for Success


Research shows that identifying and treating ADHD early prevents further impairment down the road. When addressed properly in elementary school, children have the chance to gain academic and social skills critical for future success. Intervening in middle school or high school years enables students to get back on track academically to graduate and pursue college or career training options. Managing ADHD well during the college years helps ensure degree completion and skills to excel in the working world.


Treating ADHD effectively in adulthood means being able to hold down jobs, sustain healthy relationships, avoid risky behaviors like drug use, and fully live up to one’s potential. While not completely curable, ADHD is highly treatable, especially when evidence-based interventions begin early and continue consistently. Our providers help patients understand ADHD as a biologically-based disorder and work collaboratively to find the optimal management strategies for each individual.


Choosing Renewing Mindsets for ADHD Care


Renewing Mindsets offers comprehensive ADHD treatment from initial testing through ongoing medication management, counseling, and coaching. Key elements include:


  • Multi-disciplinary team includes expert mental health professionals ,

  • Full psychiatric services - evaluations, medication management

  • Individual, group, and family therapy

  • ADHD coaching and support groups

  • Cognitive testing and vocational counseling

  • Treatment for co-occurring mood/anxiety disorders


We accept most major insurance plans and strive to make care affordable. Our experienced medical team provides flexible appointment times, including evenings and weekends, both in-person or via telehealth.


If you suspect you or a loved one may have undiagnosed ADHD, contact Renewing Mindsets today at (484)-948-5400 to schedule an initial consultation. We provide evidence-based, personalized care to help every patient succeed and thrive with ADHD. Or book your appointment online now.

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