Your provider has recommended a QbTest, what should you expect?

QbTest is an advanced ADHD test FDA cleared for treatment and diagnosis and used to gain a clear understanding of your symptoms. ADHD has three main symptoms:

  1. Inattention – the extent to which someone can remain focused on a task
  2. Hyperactivity – the amount of movement, e.g. tapping foot, fidgeting
  3. Impulsivity – lack of impulse control, e.g. blurting out answers in class

You will sit a 15- 20-minute computer-based task. The task measures your ability to maintain attention and impulse control. Meanwhile, an infrared camera tracks any movements during the test. The results are used to create a report which compares your result with data from other people of the same sex and age. This way you can see how you react when you concentrate on a task in comparison with people who do not have ADHD.

What does the test look like?

The test equipment consists of an infrared camera, a head-band with an infrared marker attached to it and a responder button, like so:

During the test, a number of symbols are shown on the computer screen. The task is to push the responder button when a certain symbol appears on the screen. The test takes 15 minutes to complete and is not dependent on your language, reading or mathematic skills. Here’s a shortened version of the test so you can see how it works:

What do the results look like?

This example QbTest report show the results from a seven-year-old boy with ADHD. The two graphs at the upper part of the reports show activity level and the third graph shows attention and impulsivity control. The green circles represent correct presses and the red squares represent incorrect presses. The vertical position of the symbols shows the reaction time. At the bottom of the report, all test results are summarized as numerical values.

“We are glad that Eustasis had the opportunity to be a part of this panel discussion on ADHD and connect with these national mental health providers on this very important diagnosis while sharing our feedback and learning from other leading experts.”

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Dr Breánna Jain

“Although my doctor suspected symptoms of ADD, I was never diagnosed. For me, the QbTest was a really big eye opener because now there wasn’t just someone looking at me and noticing my struggles, there was a scientific foundation to it. I finally felt like someone was listening to me, and it was amazing to be able to show people I wasn’t making it all up.”

QbTest patient