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ADHD Specialist

Connecticut Psychiatric & Wellness Center

Child and Adult Psychiatric Care & Interventional Psychiatry located in Hamden, CT & Woodbridge, CT

Nearly 10% of children and adolescents have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which is a chronic condition that continues into adulthood. At Connecticut Psychiatric & Wellness Center in Hamden and Woodbridge, Connecticut, triple board-certified psychiatrist David Aversa, MD, MPH, and the mental health professionals specialize in diagnosing and treating ADHD. The state-of-the-art child and adult psychiatric practice offers the QbTest to assess ADHD. Call the office today or book an appointment online to schedule an evaluation.

ADHD Q&A

What is attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

ADHD is a mental health condition that affects brain and nervous system development and is most often diagnosed in childhood. People with ADHD have a hard time paying attention, sitting still, and controlling impulsive behavior. For children, ADHD may affect learning and socialization. 

Researchers are still investigating what causes the development of ADHD, but theorize genetics is a major factor. Children may also be at risk of ADHD if they were born prematurely or with low birth weight. Brain injury and exposure to toxic substances like lead during early developmental years may also increase the risk of ADHD. 

In addition to ADHD, Connecticut Psychiatric & Wellness Center offers psychological assessments for all learning disabilities. 

What are ADHD symptoms?

Most children have trouble paying attention or misbehave. However, in children with ADHD, these behaviors are more difficult to control. Common ADHD symptoms include:

  • Forgetting or losing things
  • Daydreaming
  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Trouble sitting still
  • Talking out of turn
  • Making careless mistakes
  • Taking unnecessary risks
  • Trouble taking turns
  • Difficulty getting along with others

Children with ADHD may exhibit symptoms that are either predominantly inattentive, predominantly hyperactive, or a combination of both.  

What is the QbTest?

The QbTest is an interventional psychiatric service offered at Connecticut Psychiatric & Wellness Center. The computer-based test provides the mental health specialists with objective and unbiased decision-making support to help diagnose and treat children, adolescents, and adults with ADHD.

The QbTest is the only FDA-cleared device for ADHD testing. It measures the three core signs of ADHD: hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsivity. Your test results are compared to a group of people of the same sex and age without ADHD. 

How is ADHD treated?

Connecticut Psychiatric & Wellness Center develops individualized treatment plans for ADHD. Treatment may include a combination of stimulant medication, non-stimulant medication, and psychotherapy. 

Connecticut Psychiatric & Wellness Center offers individualized and family therapy to ensure you have all the tools you need to help you, your family, and your child with ADHD get the help needed to manage the neurodevelopmental condition.

To schedule an appointment at Connecticut Psychiatric & Wellness Center to learn more about ADHD, the QbTest, and treatment options, call the office or book an appointment online today.