Do you feel like you're always struggling to catch up when it comes to schedules and knowing what's happening day to day?
- struggle to pay bills consistently?
- can't manage to stick to a budget, no matter what you try?
- are always making mistakes (even when carefully checking your work)?
- have a hard time managing emotional outbursts?
- need to write everything down or you'll forget?
- always fidget with keys, change in your pockets, rings, pens, etc?
- can't seem to ever get anywhere on time, no matter how much you plan and prepare?
- struggle managing daily routines (like dishes or laundry) that others find easy?
- procrastinate until a deadline, working frantically to finish on time?
If any of this sounds familiar, you may have Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD for short). You may be thinking, "But aren't people with ADHD hyperactive folks who can't sit still? I wasn't even hyperactive as a kid!" One of the things we now know about ADHD is that it can present in variety of ways, and hyperactivity is just one symptom of one particular type of ADHD. The Diagnostic and Statisical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5), recognizes three distinct types of ADHD:
ADHD- combined presentation (features of both inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity are present)
ADHD - predominantly inattentive presentation
ADHD - predominantly hyperactive/impulsive presentation
Dr. Russell Barkley, one of the leading authorities on ADHD assessment and treatment, outlines some good reasons to seek an evaluation (2010):
1) Adult ADHD can be treated. Whether medication is right for you or not, there are strategies and coping mechanisms to help deal with the impact of ADHD symptoms;
2) ADHD is considered to be more limiting than most other disorders seen in outpatient mental clinics; and,
3) ADHD is one of the most treatable psychological disorders.
If you would like to be assessed for ADHD, please don't hesitate to contact me for further information.
ADHD assessment is a multi-faceted process. My process combines in-person interviews, background information (i.e, school records, interpersonal relationships, etc.), and specific assessments. This allows me to look at various domains of functioning to understand what symptoms are showing up, when, in which environments, as well as their impact on you.
Once the assessments have been completed, session notes & documentation will be reviewed in conjunction with your results. Results will be discussed with you, in session. If you think you may need to have a letter to your doctor or a report to access medication or work/school accommodations, please discuss this when booking an assessment.
Treatment for ADHD can involve a variety of approaches (depending on your needs as an individual), up to and including accommodations for work or education. I will work with you to co-create support strategies and a treatment plan that works best for you.