Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ADD & ADHD
ADHD, also known as Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in the DSM-5 is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting approximately 8% of Adults (CDC, 2011). There are two types of ADHD, one predominately inattentive and the other hyperactive or impulsive. It is a common misconception that difficulty sustaining attention and hyperactivity have to exist together in order to be diagnosed. A list of common symptoms can be found here: ADHD Symptoms
The sad fact of the mater is that adolescents and adults unnecessarily struggle for years trying to keep up with coursework, complete assignments on time, and have close, meaningful friendships as symptoms can significantly interfere with social functioning. ADHD affects all of a persons life and over time begins to impact one's self-image and self-esteem. Unfortunately, most are either misdiagnosed or overlooked until adulthood and miss the window for effective early intervention.
My goal in providing this service is to use a 360 approach to diagnose and offer specific, easily-understandable, and practical recommendations. I use multiple approaches and tests in order pinpoint exactly the difficulty, this includes evaluations for teachers, family members, a computerized test of attention (auditory and verbal), as well as standard academic and IQ functioning. It is also my goal not to just inform you and provide reccomendations but to implement this plan. I frequently write a letter advocating for support services (e.g. IEP) with specific test results, as well as provide the data to your psychiatrist or primary care physician who can provide options for medication.