Attention-Deficit Disorder

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD or ADD)

Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder is a syndrome characterized by a persistent pattern of inattention and difficulty maintaining concentration, either with or without impulsivity.  It is a disorder which is common in childhood (prevalence estimates vary from 3 to 5% of U.S. school-age children).  It begins in childhood, with symptoms present essentially from birth.  In fact, in order for a diagnosis of ADHD to be made, symptoms have to be present by age 12 (but not all cases are diagnosed by that age, many not being recognized until the individual is an adult).  It was formerly thought that most people with ADHD outgrew it by the end of their teen years, but increasingly it is being recognized as persisting into adulthood in many cases.   Hallowell estimates that 10 to 15 million Americans have ADHD. 

Some symptoms of ADHD (from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition-DSM-5) (Partial List)

Symptoms of Inattention:

Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder is very treatable.  People usually seek treatment utilizing behavior-modification (i.e. paying close attention to one's behavior and developing plans and systems for focusing and maximizing  attention), supportive therapies (often in the form of a support group, or couples therapy when one or both members of the couple has ADHD), and/ or medication treatment.  I employ all of these forms of treatment in my practice, and I treat both children and adults with ADHD.

If you think you or someone close to you has ADHD, a proper evaluation is the first step.  This can be done whether the person is a child or an adult, and it involves:

An assessment for ADHD in my practice typically takes two 45-minute sessions for adults, and from two to four sessions for children.  If you have further questions regarding the assessment or treatment of ADHD, please contact me.