While it’s normal to occasionally daydream, fidget, act without thinking or forget things, inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity are also key signs of ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). The first step someone can take to helping themselves or a loved one with these symptoms is to clearly identify the problem.
- Give real-time information to your doctors about what’s happening inside your brain and what regions have abnormalities
- Provide objective assessments to assist in accurate diagnosis, which, in turn, can lead to the most appropriate, effective treatment.
- Identify or rule out other brain-based conditions with similar symptoms such as Bipolar Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury
Signs & Symptoms of ADHD
Symptoms of ADHD include difficulty staying focused and paying attention, difficulty controlling behavior, and hyperactivity (over-activity). Inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity are the key behaviors of ADHD. It is normal for people to be inattentive, hyperactive, or impulsive to a certain degree, but people with ADHD exhibit these behaviors regularly and to greater degrees. Other common symptoms include:
- Rapid boredom
- Not listening
- Talking nonstop
- Having trouble sitting still and doing quiet activities
- Inappropriate comments
Treating practitioners need to consider a wider range of symptoms when assessing adults for ADHD because their symptoms tend to be more varied and less clear-cut than those seen in children. No single test can diagnose ADHD. Many conditions and disorders such as Traumatic Brain Injury and Bipolar Disorder have symptoms that can mimic ADHD and make an accurate diagnosis of ADHD extremely challenging without the use of functional brain imaging. CereScan’s brain imaging measures parts of the brain that account for functions like attention and focus. Through imaging, we can identify patients with ADHD who underperform in these key regions.
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