Do you struggle to get things accomplished even though you really want to?
Are relationships hard because you blurt things out, or do your emotions seem to change quickly? Do you have trouble with organization and time management?
A lot of people have similar complaints, and there could be many reasons why you experience these things. One possibility is Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects a person’s ability to focus, regulate behavior and emotions and keep on track. We get a lot of requests for assessments to find out if someone has ADHD. Many clients come to us with a diagnosis of ADHD from another clinician, sometimes the primary care doctor or maybe a psychiatrist. Others have read about it online and feel like what they read sounds a lot like them.
For a diagnosis of ADHD, a person needs to exhibit six or more symptoms of inattention and/or six or more symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsivity. Here are the symptoms:
Dr. Edward B. Jenny
FOUNDER, CLINICAL DIRECTOR
Psy.D Licensed Psychologist
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Problems with attention and impulse control can be caused by a lot of different things, so it is possible for people to struggle with these things and not have ADHD. One of our main goals is to get beyond the symptoms and try and understand why you might be impulsive or inattentive. For example, people with preoccupied attachment styles may have trouble staying focused on one thing. Trauma can also impact an individual’s ability to stay focused, and they may act impulsively to manage feelings from the trauma. For these reasons, it is important to have a thorough assessment that leads to concrete coping strategies.
The best ADHD assessments use interviews, self-reports of symptoms, and performance measures of cognitive skills to determine whether a person has ADHD. Continuous performance measures give an accurate measure of your ability to respond to the right cues accurately while not responding when you shouldn’t. We look at this in visual as well as auditory channels. We also look at personality variables that may be impacting attention and behavior. We take a detailed medical and social history to track when symptoms arise, when they are improved, and they are worse. We also use neuropsychological tests to measure your ability to adjust tactics in response to new information and how well you can access and store memories.
Based on your particular profile, we give you recommendations for how to improve your functioning and help you begin to learn new skills. You can use your evaluation results to request reasonable accommodations or manage your work environment more appropriately.
If you’re looking to get started with Edward Jenny & Associates, please get in touch with us. Our team will answer any questions you have about therapy, assessments, or our services.
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