Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) (sometimes referred to as ADD) is a neurologically based disorder with inattentive, hyperactive/ impulsive, or combined subtypes. ADHD is characterized by some of the following symptoms:
Inattention or distractibility
Hyperactivity or excessive motor activity
Difficulty with sustained effort and motivation
Daydreaming or 'tuning out'
Executive functioning issues such as working memory, organization/planning, processing speed, organized thinking, or cognitive set shifting/flexibility.
ADHD is a lifespan disorder although some children may show diminished attention symptoms over time. Symptoms begin in early childhood but may not be identified until later, particularly when children are very bright and have the inattentive form of ADHD. Many children with ADHD continue to be symptomatic as adults but how their symptoms impact them can change. ADHD tends to run in families and individuals with ADHD often have family members with ADHD. People with ADHD may also have other issues such as learning disabilities, giftedness, anxiety, mood disorders, eating disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, or self-esteem issues. Sometimes individuals with other emotional problems may have undiagnosed ADHD, or are misdiagnosed with ADHD because of symptom overlap. The inattentive type of ADHD is more often overlooked than the hyperactive or impulsive types. Boys are more frequently identified than girls. Children are more often identified and treated than adults. Because of all of these factors, it is important to obtain a comprehensive evaluation from a qualified professional if you believe that you or someone in your family has ADHD.
We assess individuals using a variety of methods including school or home observations, standardized tests, in depth developmental and academic/work histories, self-report inventories, as well as parent and/or teacher reports. We also assess individuals for co-existing issues or differential diagnoses. After a thorough evaluation, we work with individuals, parents and schools to understand, map out and provide multi-modal treatment options.