Have you ever wondered if you or your teen might have ADD/ADHD? You are not alone. While four percent of adults have ADHD, many others go undiagnosed. Why? Because the symptoms of ADHD can be masked by so many other factors. Not being accurately diagnosed can have significant consequences. Untreated ADHD can impact school, work, career, relationships, physical and mental health, and financial stability.
While symptoms of ADD/ADHD vary from individual to individual, some common signs include:
- difficulty completing tasks, disorganization, procrastination, failure to pay attention to details
- impulsivity, blurting things out, interrupting others, difficulty following a conversation
- frequently losing or forgetting things, being easily distracted
- indecisiveness, or making a rash decision without thinking through the consequences
- fidgeting, restlessness, talking excessively, feeling as if you are constantly driven by a motor
I specialize in working with individuals aged 12 and over to assess for ADD/ADHD. Through a careful and thorough assessment, I am able to differentiate the symptoms of ADD/ADHD from other possible diagnoses. I can then make recommendations for treatment and suggestions for accommodations at school or work.
What is ADD/ADHD?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (formerly known as ADD) is a neurobiological condition that affects people in different ways. While symptoms are present in childhood, they can often be overlooked. Frequently, it is not until adolescence or adulthood that it becomes obvious that something is wrong. When finally diagnosed, it can often be a relief to know why you have struggled for so long and that something can be done about it.
Few clinicians are trained to test for ADHD. This is why there are so many misdiagnoses or under-diagnoses. Also, ADHD presents in many different ways. There can be subtle differences between men and women, and symptoms may change over time. Teens and adults may get treated for symptoms that are secondary to ADHD - such as anxiety, depression, substance use, or low self esteem - and never know the real issue. This is why it is essential to be assessed by a clinician who has specific training and experience in ADHD.
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