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How Is ADHD Diagnosed?

Basic facts about ADHD diagnosis:

  • A diagnostic evaluation is the first step in managing ADHD.
  • A qualified health care professional can provide a diagnostic evaluation to determine if a child, adolescent, or adult has ADHD.
  • A diagnostic evaluation may be performed at any age, however we do not encourage diagnostic testing for children younger than five years old.
  • A compressive ADHD evaluation cannot be done just from brief office observations.
  • A compressive ADHD evaluation cannot be done just from talking to the person.
  • There is no single psychological, medical, or genetic test for ADHD.

A comprehensive diagnostic evaluation includes:

  • A thorough diagnostic interview, including past and current functioning
  • A comprehensive history (developmental, medical, academic, work, social, family)
  • ADHD behavioral checklists based on DSM-5 criteria
  • Standardized behavior rating scales for ADHD
  • Standardized behavior rating scales for common co-existing conditions associated with ADHD
  • Other types of psychological testing as deemed necessary by the clinician
  • For students of any age, an intellectual assessment to help determine areas of strengths and weaknesses, and to provide more detailed information about the impact of ADHD on cognitive functioning
  • Psychoeducational testing as needed for individuals with concerns about academic development or learning disabilities
  • Documentation of ADHD related impairments necessary for requesting accommodations for standardized exams (ACT, SAT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MCAT, Licensing Exams, etc.)
  • Review of past evaluations and school records

To schedule an appointment for a diagnostic evaluation, please contact Dr. Peter Jaksa.

 

Therapy Services For ADHD Management

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ADHD is a lifespan biological condition. Contrary to some popular stereotypes, most children with ADHD do not "grow out of it." ADHD can be managed well at any age with an appropriate individualized treatment plan that meets the needs of the individual at that point in his or her life. Because every person with ADHD is a unique individual, every treatment plan must be uniquely designed for that person.

Psychotherapy and behavior therapy are helpful for most individuals with ADHD, particularly those who are newly diagnosed, whether or not the person takes ADHD medication. At ADHD Center a primary focus is on developing behavioral strategies and coping skills including improved organization, time management, effective planning, reducing procrastination, and improving efficiency and productivity.

For many individuals psychotherapy is also helpful to treat common co-existing conditions such as anxiety and depression, and to address family, marital, and relationship issues. Students with ADHD benefit from improving study skills, and also from understanding what types of academic accommodations best fit their needs to promote academic success. Many adults with ADHD benefit from addressing job and career issues, including finding a career that best fits their interests and strengths.

ADHD Center provides services and consultations for:

  • Adults with ADHD
  • Children and adolescents with ADHD
  • College students with ADHD
  • Parents of children with ADHD
  • Couples
  • School consultations and school advocacy
  • Human Resource Professionals
  • Managers and Supervisors

Benefits from therapy include:

  • Improve behavioral strategies and coping skills
  • Improve organization, planning, and time management skills
  • Improve academic functioning
  • Improve work productivity and job performance
  • Develop anti-procrastination strategies
  • Improve couple, marital, and family relationships
  • Improve self-acceptance and self-esteem
  • Facilitate making career choices and career changes
  • Design support systems for college
  • Design strategies that promote a healthy lifestyle including stress management, healthy sleep, exercise, and nutrition (all of which are essential for effective ADHD management)

To schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. Peter Jaksa.

 

Fees, Payment, and Insurance Coverage

The office policy is to request payment at time of service. Payments are accepted via check, credit card, or cash. Some fees may be reduced in cases of financial hardship.

Most insurance companies will cover at least part of the diagnostic and therapeutic services provided at ADHD Center. A health insurance claim can be submitted to your insurance company on your behalf. Once the claim is processed, benefits are paid to you directly by your insurance company. Benefits paid depend on what your policy covers for outpatient psychological services. Please check your policy or call your insurance carrier for details about the coverage provided by your policy, including deductibles, co-pays, benefits paid, and out-of-network coverage.

To schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. Peter Jaksa.