Attention deficit disorder, with or without hyperactivity (ADD/ADHD), is often detected in childhood, but can also emerge as a problem in adulthood. Regardless when it appears, problems with the management of attention are a hallmark of ADD/ADHD and are associated with a wide range of problems with daily functioning.
An accurate diagnosis and comprehensive treatment plan is central to effective management of this condition. The Institute for Brain-Behavior Integration at Partners in Healing has the expertise to help you, or your child or teen to get you the answers you need and the treatment plan to help you function at your best.
ADD/ADHD is not reducible to a single cause. Problems with management of attention are related to a variety of key self-regulation circuits in the brain that develop for a variety of reasons. ADD/ADHD is a multifactorial problem that is influenced by family history, brain development, learning disabilities, sleep patterns, eating habits, stress level, exposure to trauma, substance abuse and concurrent physical health problems.
Signs to look for when wondering about the presence of ADD/ADHD:
- Have difficulty paying attention
- Make frequent careless mistakes
- Have trouble listening & tracking conversations
- Show difficulty organizing tasks & activities
- Avoid tasks that involve sustained effort
- Frequently misplace things
- Are easily distracted
- Are often forgetful or “absent-minded”
- Have trouble learning
- Often squirm or fidget
- Show emotional control problems
- Have trouble establishing or maintaining friendships
Since ADD/ADHD can be influenced by so many different conditions and circumstances, it is essential to have a thorough evaluation of the presenting concerns to best understand what is going on, and more importantly, what can be done to make a positive difference in the management of ADD/ADHD. Diagnosing ADD/ADHD in children, teens and adults can help with:
- Identifying a clear diagnosis of ADD/ADHD, learning disabilities, or other cognitive, emotional or physical concerns
- Providing a clear picture of cognitive and psychological strengths and weaknesses
- Developing a comprehensive treatment plan
- Obtaining necessary neuropsychological resources, especially when determining eligibility for accommodations of special needs in the workplace, school setting, college or entrance examinations
- Determining daily living needs
Neuropsychological assessments are offered through the Institute for Brain-Behavior Integration, a subsidiary of Partners in Healing of Minneapolis, which is run by David Alter, PhD, LP, ABPP, and Nancy Foster, PhD. They bring more than 40 years of combined experience to help diagnose the presenting concern, generate appropriate treatment recommendations, and connect clients with the resources needed to help optimize daily functioning.