Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders. It is often diagnosed in childhood and typically persists into adulthood. There are three types of ADHD: predominantly inattentive presentation, predominantly hyperactive-impulsive presentation, and a combined presentation. Various criteria are identified to clarify typical symptoms that are visible for each presentation. In addition, the number of criteria to make the diagnosis varies based on the age of the individual. Some of the commonly associated symptoms:
Hyperactivity and Impulsivity
The culmination of these symptoms can result in academic difficulty, behavioral problems, and social challenges. When left untreated these conditions can have long-term impacts on life goals, mental health, and relationships.
ADHD can present differently depending on age, gender, and individual personality. That can make diagnosis difficult without a thorough evaluation by a licensed psychologist with expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of the disorder. Symptoms can mimic and overlap other conditions making accurate diagnosis critical for comprehensive treatment.
Our practitioners at Shore Neuropsychology and Behavioral Health provide systematic evaluations designed to assess areas of attention, memory, and executive functions specific to ADHD. In combination with a clinical interview, patterns from the evaluation provide evidence to understanding the unique factors involved in each case. Once there is a clear understanding, tailored treatment recommendations are made to address the individual challenges one might face. These recommendations could potentially include various therapies, academic and environmental accommodations, and/or medications. Our staff works closely with school professionals to develop 504 or other academic plans tailored to students’ needs.