Attention Deficit Disorders
Symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder
In the recent past, the diagnosis of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in the general population has increased rapidly in both children and adults. However, the accuracy of these diagnoses has been in question.
There are many psychological and cognitive disorders that can mimic symptoms of ADHD, including anxiety, depression, learning disorders and other cognitive disfunction. Often with an accurate diagnosis, the proper treatment can be implemented and the desired outcome reached.
PSI is dedicated to the accurate diagnosis and focused treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. We take a comprehensive approach to ADHD in which education of the individual, family and support systems is the central point. Education not only focuses on symptoms of ADHD and how to work with it, but the emotional and social consequences that accompany the disorders throughout the lifespan.
Psychological Testing for Diagnosis and Treatment of ADD/ADHD
We use objective tests of attention performance in ADHD and methods to analyze brain function in order to yield information useful for a variety of treatment options. One method available is the neurometric computerized assessment of brainwave patterns.
By collecting this information and comparing it with normative data, it is possible to identify the extent to which abnormal brain function may play a role in attention deficits and other related syndromes. With this information, optimal treatment strategies, including type of medication, educational remediation, and therapeutic interventions such as neurofeedback therapy, can be made with increased reliability and success in outcome.
The diagnosis must start with a comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation to understand the processes at work that undermine an individual's performance and self esteem.
Resources for Those Affected by ADD/ADHD
Parents with children affected by ADD/ADHD may be interested in the parenting sessions offered by PSI. These regular weekly sessions teach strategies for dealing with Attention Deficit Disorder.
A good resource for those affected by ADD/ADHD is C.H.A.D.D -Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders.