|Assessment Services Designed for Adults with Suspected ADD/ADHD:
Comprehensive assessment is necessary to determine the appropriate course of action when a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD is considered for an adult.
behavioral health provides assessment services for adults that demonstrate behavioral/emotional concerns that may be associated with a diagnosis of ADD/ADHD.
Assessments include the following components:
- Clinical interviewing to determine symptom history, duration and intensity
- Psychological testing regarding mental health functioning
- Functional assessment re: coping skills and life stresses
- Screening for the presence of clinical syndromes with symptoms that may impair attention and concentration
Specialized Treatment Services:
- Recommendations to medical personnel concerning diagnosis and treatment options
Adults with attention, concentration and organization problems require special support and skill-building to improve their level of functioning.
Specialized treatment approaches for adults with ADD/ADHD include:
Our goal is to provide patients with practical skills they can use in their daily lives.
- Anxiety reduction techniques
ADD Can Affect Relationships:
The behavioral functioning of an ADD/ADHD adult can place a great deal of stress on spouses and significant others. Education and support can help partners and family members understand the needs of a person with ADD/ADHD, as well as learn ways to assist them toward the best possible functioning.
Services for Children and Adolescents with ADD/ADHD:
A thorough evaluation should be conducted in order to rule out the presence of emotional disorders that may cause inattention, limited concentration and overly active behavior. The symptoms of ADD/ADHD may actually be caused by undiagnosed emotional problems. Thus, intervention for a child or an adolescent with suspected ADD/ADHD should begin with a comprehensive assessment. Assessment components typically include intellectual and achievement testing, the completion of behavioral inventories by parents and teachers, screening for emotional disorders, and direct observation of the child by the clinician. The assessment process is concluded with a report that identifies problem areas, diagnostic possibilities, and treatment recommendations. Assessment reports often include ideas regarding classroom interventions that may be useful for teachers, as well as parenting interventions that can be employed to improve home functioning.
Parent consultation is frequently the most useful avenue of intervention for a younger child with ADD/ADHD. These children frequently require consistent intervention with an informed caregiver that understands the nature of ADD/ADHD. Thus, parenting education is included as a treatment component.
Children with ADD/ADHD can be helped to develop an age-appropriate degree of self awareness regarding their behavior and the effect it has on others, especially peers. Since some children with ADD/ADHD have difficulties with anger management, peer interaction and decision-making, individual intervention can be useful toward the goal of skill-building.
Adolescents with ADD/ADHD may additionally benefit from assistance with study skills, test-taking strategies, general coping strategies, and other skills that can help them to manage a school environment that may provide them with limited accommodation for their attention difficulties.
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