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Is it ADHD or Not? Take the Test

By PX Docs Educational Team

Every single morning in my prayers I thank God for giving me ADHD. I’ve got all the symptoms of ADHD, have taken multiple types of surveys and tests to confirm the diagnosis, and yet I’ve got none of the struggles. 

In this article, I will break down two very crucial elements of ADHD. First, how to find out if you really do have it with an ADHD Test, and even more importantly what really causes the struggles. And second, how you can turn ADHD from a struggle to a superpower. 

Growing up on a farm in rural Iowa a generation ago, there was no conversation about ADHD and certainly, there wasn’t any ADHD test either. I suppose I was simply just a pain in the butt for my parents and teachers. 

I was that kid who could sit and take a test with no problem, finishing it before the rest of the class was even halfway through and getting an A every time. But, I was also that kid who couldn’t sit still for even half the class and didn’t turn in half of my assignments on time (or ever). 

Without any doubt, millions of kids and adults alike struggle with ADHD but don’t really know it yet. And in turn, millions more have been diagnosed and likely tried multiple medications 💊 and therapies, and still struggle (or suffer terrible side effects). This article will help you know exactly where to get started no matter where you and your child may be currently! 

The Types of ADHD

I most certainly am the “combined” type of ADHD, having elements of both hyperactivity and inattentiveness. And after 15 years of specializing in drug-free care for kids and adults with ADHD, this is for sure the most common type.

However, if we narrow the age down to below age 5 or so, then the impulsive and hyperactive type of ADHD is by far the most common. We’ve lovingly nicknamed these kiddos “Raging Bulls” because they simply charge through life going 100 mph 💨 at all times, and seem to always have “busy brains” 🧠 that don’t like to slow down, stop, and sit still. 

Conversely, the “drunken bull” child is a type of ADHD that doesn’t really display any hyperactivity or impulsiveness, but simply gets easily distracted, off track, and disorganized. This type of ADHD doesn’t really show up until the child is a bit older (we’ll explain why later in the science section of this article), and often this child is thought of as just being lazy and unmotivated. 

But Is It Really ADHD? Take the ADHD Test

The reason I know God gave me ADHD is to help other people and parents really sort out the answer to this tough question that plagues us all in the ADHD world. So I’m going to get you the answer from both a personal and professional perspective. 

Heck yes, it’s real! 

But in the same breath please hear me when I say — it does NOT need to be a struggle. 

The first step is to get the right kind of ADHD test and evaluation, sort out exactly what’s triggering and causing it to be a struggle, and then get the right kind of care plan in place to transform it from a struggle to strength. 

Because I feel this 3-step process is the most important element of this article, let me list those out for you in order and extra clearly: 

  1. Get the right kind of ADHD test and evaluation for your child (or for yourself)
  2. Find out exactly what’s causing the ADHD Challenges 
  3. Get a personalized, customized drug 💊 free Care Plan to lessen the struggles and maximize the strengths of ADHD 

I could not be more thankful for my ADHD honestly! I get more done by 7 AM than most people do in a week, thanks to the care and strategies that we’ll layout in this article. 

You can read more about the PX Docs Clinical Process here. 

Which ADHD Test is Best?

Having taken all the traditional medical tests and surveys, and having done all of the computerized testing options available as well, I can say assuredly that the Insight Neurological Scans and testing we use inside Pediatric Experience Docs offices is by far the most valuable and helpful. 

That’s because it doesn’t focus solely on labeling and categorizing the type of ADHD and Sensory Processing Disorder challenges a child (or adult) is struggling with, but more importantly — it measures and shows exactly what’s causing them. 

Our Insight Neurological Tests measure the exact amount of distress, dysfunction, and disorganization within the Central or Autonomic Nervous System (ie. Brain 🧠 Body Connection). There are three (3) main components of the exam, but for this article, we’ll focus on the EMG technology to give you the best picture and understanding of ADHD.

The above ⬆️ is an example of an EMG Test and Scan on a 3-year-old classic “Raging Bull” ADHD case. This child was also diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder, Apraxia, and Constipation. 

The metrics to focus on with this type of ADHD test is what is termed as “Total Energy Index” — and for this child, it’s a 355.7 when ideal and optimal is 150 or less for her age. 

But inside of PX Docs offices, we do not focus on the diagnosis and we do not look to treat the symptoms or condition. We simply look deeper into the exact level and location of dysfunction (subluxation) in the autonomic nervous system, and put a plan together to unwind, calm, and reorganize that autonomic function without drugs 💊.

This Insight Scan image above is a classic “Drunken Bull” or inattentive and disorganized ADHD type case. This child struggles with focus, organization, motivation (as well as motor coordination and speech). 

The key metric we focus on with this type of ADHD test is the middle number below the scans, called Pattern. This child has a 50.2 where 100 is ideal and optimal neurological organization and function. 

Take Home Message and Action Steps

Traditional online and medical surveys and ADHD tests just are not enough. They simply do not look deep enough as to what’s actually causing and creating the ADHD symptoms and struggles. 

This is why so many ADHD treatments and strategies fail to get the sort of results parents and patients are seeking. If your ADHD test and the exam don’t look to actually find the cause, but only track and measure the symptoms, then you’ve only solved half the problem (if that). 

Our clinical approach and care plans first start with these Insight Scans because that is exactly how we first determine which type we are working with, how severe the neurological imbalance is, and then from there… how we can determine the exact, personalized care plan that child (or adult) needs to transform their ADHD from struggle to superpower! 

No other health provider out there takes this approach, looking this deep into the function of the brain 🧠 and nervous system. 

Get started today for your child! Scroll down to search our directory and find your local doc who can run Insight Scans and other ADHD tests on your child, and help form that exact personalized, drug 💊 free care plan your family deserves! 

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