What is ADHD?
- It stands for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.
- ADHD is a diagnosis that is called a neurodevelopment disorder that has symptoms present prior to the age of 12
There are three types:
- Predominately Inattentive Presentation
- Predominately Hyperactive/Impulsive Presentation
- Combined Presentation
Once assigned a type, the severity is assigned:
- Mild (have few symptoms and minor impairments in functioning)
- Moderate (between Mild and Severe)
- Severe (have many symptoms and marked impairment in functioning)
- 5% of children
- 2.5% of adults
How is ADHD treated?
- Medication (stimulant or non-stimulants)
- These can be prescribed by a psychiatrist
- Cognitive Behavior Therapy
- Targets behaviors and thinking patterns associated to impulsivity, time management, and concentration issues
American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.books.9780890425596
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2022, August 9). What is ADHD? Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/adhd/facts.html
If you have been diagnosed with ADHD or suspect that you have this problem, we can help.
Call us at 1(800) 314-7273 to request ADHD psychodiagnostic testing or evidenced-based behavioral therapy.