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What is ADHD & ADHD Testing in Philadelphia, the Main Line & Online with Renewing Mindsets


Collaborative ADHD testing in Philadelphia with Renewing Mindsets offering accurate diagnoses for women, men and children of all ages.

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common neurodevelopmental disorder that affects people of all ages. The core symptoms of ADHD include inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity that interfere with daily functioning. Getting an accurate ADHD diagnosis and appropriate treatment in the Philadelphia and Main Line area can greatly improve quality of life. Renewing Mindsets provides comprehensive ADHD evaluations, medication management, therapy and more.


Understanding ADHD


ADHD symptoms often become apparent in childhood and frequently persist into adulthood. The primary features include:


  • Inattention - Difficulty focusing, distracted easily, lack of organization

  • Hyperactivity - Excess movement, restlessness, difficulty sitting still

  • Impulsivity - Hasty actions, lack of self-control, frequent interruptions


Some people with ADHD only exhibit issues with inattention (previously called ADD). The symptoms must be chronic, impair functioning, and not explained by other disorders.

ADHD can significantly impact school, work, relationships and more. It often co-occurs with conditions like anxiety, depression and learning disabilities. Proper treatment is key to managing ADHD and reducing problems it may cause.


ADHD Testing in Philadelphia & The Main Line


Completing comprehensive ADHD testing is the first step toward getting control over your symptoms. At Renewing Mindsets in the Philadelphia and Main Line area, we provide full ADHD evaluations including:


  • Clinical interviews - Discussing medical history, symptoms, challenges, etc.

  • Behavioral observations - Tracking focus, activity levels, organizational skills.

  • Cognitive testing - Assessing attention span, memory, problem solving and information processing through standardized tests.

  • Questionnaires - For patient, parents, teachers, spouses etc. Gathering insights into behaviors.

  • Medical review - Evaluating for other potential causes of symptoms.

  • Mental health assessment - Screening for co-occurring conditions like anxiety, depression.


Testing is conducted in-person at our Philadelphia office or virtually when appropriate through telehealth services. Our top ADHD specialists take the time necessary to make an accurate diagnosis and develop a tailored treatment plan based on the test results.


ADHD Treatment Options with Renewing Mindsets


At Renewing Mindsets, we provide comprehensive ADHD treatment plans including therapy, coaching, medication management and more. Typical ADHD treatment options include:


Psychotherapy


  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) - Changing thinking patterns and behaviors

  • Mindfulness Training - Improving focus and impulse control

  • Organization and Time Management Skills - Strategies for productivity

  • Social Skills Training - Building relationships and self-esteem

  • Family Therapy - Improving family dynamics and support


Medication


  • Stimulants - Adderall, Ritalin, Vyvanse etc. Most common type

  • Non-stimulants - Atomoxetine, Clonidine, Guanfacine

  • Antidepressants - Wellbutrin, SNRIs like Effexor for co-occurring conditions

  • Medication Management - Finding optimal medications and dosages, monitoring effectiveness and side effects


Lifestyle Changes


  • Better sleep habits

  • Increased exercise and physical activity

  • Healthy eating and diet optimization

  • Stress management skills and relaxation techniques

  • Removing distractions and optimizing work/study spaces


ADHD Coaching


  • Developing routines, schedules, organization systems

  • Setting goals and making actionable plans

  • Accountability, motivation and consistency coaching


Our team of ADHD experts work collaboratively to develop comprehensive treatment plans tailored to each patient's unique needs. We also provide referrals to other professionals like academic coaches, occupational therapists etc. when appropriate.


ADHD in Women and Girls


While ADHD is more traditionally associated with young boys, it is equally common among women and girls. Females with ADHD tend to display less overt hyperactivity and more inattentive symptoms. As a result, ADHD often goes undiagnosed or is misdiagnosed in women.


Some gender differences in ADHD may include:


Inattentive Symptoms


  • Forgetfulness

  • Losing track of conversations

  • Poor listening skills

  • Disorganization

  • Chronic lateness


Hyperactivity Differences


  • Internal sense of restlessness

  • Fidgeting vs. disruptive actions

  • Excess talking and interrupting


Emotional Dysregulation


  • Low frustration tolerance

  • Trouble controlling anger and outbursts

  • Overwhelm and mood swings

  • Sensitivity to criticism



Other Impacts


  • Relationship issues -Low self-esteem -Anxiety and depression -Work and money management problems


  • Untreated ADHD in females can lead to impairments in school, career, parenting and relationships. Our ADHD specialists have expertise in recognizing and treating ADHD in women and girls.


ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment in Philadelphia


If you suspect you may have undiagnosed ADHD or want a second opinion on a previous diagnosis, contact Renewing Mindsets in Philadelphia at (484) 948-5400 to schedule an evaluation. Our multidisciplinary team provides comprehensive ADHD assessments and ongoing treatment.


After getting diagnosed with ADHD, you may still have many questions about what treatments are right for you and what to expect. We provide extensive education, support and collaboration to find your optimal treatment options. Medication can be quite effective for ADHD when selected and monitored appropriately. We also address lifestyle factors, provide therapy for coping skills and treat co-occurring mood disorders.


In addition to our Philadelphia office, we have several other convenient locations in the Main Line area. Our compassionate staff will help you better understand your ADHD and start making improvements right away. Call us today to take the first steps in truly renewing your mindset!


Renewing Mindsets


ADHD is a manageable condition with the right diagnosis and treatment plan. If you or a loved one struggles with focus, organization, forgetfulness, hyperactivity or impulsivity contact Renewing Mindsets for comprehensive ADHD testing and care. Our experienced psychiatric providers offer specialized ADHD evaluations, medication management, therapy, coaching and more. We have expertise recognizing and treating ADHD in women and girls who are often missed. Renewing Mindsets has offices in Philadelphia & the Main Line near Ardmore, Media, Newtown Square and other Main Line locations. Call us at (484) 948-5400 for an appointment to improve your life or your child's life with ADHD treatment.

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