Understanding ADHD

ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a frequently diagnosed neurological condition that often begins in childhood and persists into adulthood. It negatively impacts the brain and causes changes in behavior patterns that might cause socio-emotional difficulties and dysfunction.

Individuals who live with ADHD face a lot of difficulty not just in school, but also in the way they get along with their family members, and how they manage their social relationships. It even impacts their professional lives.

While there is no permanent cure for ADHD, getting medically treated for it will provide symptomatic relief and enhance the quality of daily life.

Our team of therapists and psychologists at Aspiring Families specialize in treating these neurological conditions. If someone you love suffers from ADHD, we can help them use their strengths to work around their difficulties, so they can thrive and reach their full potential.

Types of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

ADHD is not the same for everybody; all patients, children and adults, experience it differently. The symptoms of this disorder are categorized in two types: inattentive and hyperactive. Some patients only show symptoms of distractibility without the hyperactivity, while others struggle with both.

That’s the main reason why it often gets misdiagnosed or flies under the radar. It’s very important to have an accurate evaluation to understand exactly which challenges the patient is experiencing.

The two types of ADHD are better known as Predominantly Inattentive and Hyperactive Impulsive. Individuals who have the inattentive type of ADHD can experience symptoms such as:

  • Difficulty Focusing
  • Disorganized
  • Forgetfulness
  • Absent-Mindedness

Those with Hyperactive-Impulsiveness can experience the following symptoms:

  • Restlessness
  • Hyperactivity
  • Impulsive Behavior
  • Fidgeting
  • Excessive Urgency

ADHD Testing and Assessment

If you or your child are experiencing the symptoms of ADHD, we recommend consulting a medical professional for an accurate evaluation.

It is important to know that ADHD can be easily misdiagnosed without a formal assessment. A clinical interview is usually insufficient, as symptoms presenting as ADHD could be related to underlying anxiety, stress, learning disabilities, executive functioning, trauma, and even giftedness.

We offer a comprehensive evaluation and assessment for ADHD before providing a diagnosis and treatment, to more accurately understand and treat the presenting struggles.

Work with an ADHD Treatment Specialist in San Diego

Mental health is something that shouldn’t be taken lightly; it helps to think of therapy as treating a broken bone or seeking relief for an ailment. However, it’s important to remember that no one can be pushed to get treated for their mental health problems; the decision and the willpower to get better should come from the patient.

If and whenever you’re ready to get treated, the team at Aspiring Families will provide:

  • Detailed diagnostic interviews with the client, parents, family, teachers, partner, and significant others.
  • Formal diagnostic testing using state-of-the-art, standardized, and valid measures completed by the parents, teachers, and the child to assess ADHD and Executive Functioning.
  • School and home observations.
  • Intellectual, academic, and socio-emotional testing to rule out comorbid diagnoses.
  • A consultation with the pediatrician or primary care physician.
  • A review of the medical and educational history and reports including medications, medical illnesses, previous testing, evaluations, school/IEP reports, and medical and psychiatric records.
  • Collaborative information from previous psychologists and psychiatrists.
  • A medical consultation with our medical director.

Furthermore, you’ll receive a comprehensive report that includes specific targeted recommendations for schools, colleges, home, and the professional environment. The report can be utilized to obtain school and college accommodations via 504s and Individualized Educational Plans, and accommodations for standardized school and college tests.

Additionally, the psychologist conducting the assessment and writing the report will facilitate and support you through the process of obtaining further psycho-educational support privately, in school or in college, and for standardized required tests. At your request, the psychologist will also attend any 504 and IEP meetings at your school.

Aspiring Family therapists provide an integrated, evidence-based, bio-psycho-social approach to effectively treat ADHD. We provide positive, structured, goal-oriented therapy, and in-home and in-school interventions to diminish symptoms and support adults and children in learning adaptive tools to cope and succeed in academic, socio-emotional, and professional realms.

Our treatment approach is team based so that you or your child can see specialists to minimize the presenting symptoms and address the underlying biological or environmental stressors.

If you or someone you love is experiencing the symptoms of ADHD, schedule a counseling appointment with one of our mental health professionals today. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out.

Aspiring Families San Diego

Additional Information

For more information, please see our recommended reading lists under ‘Impulsivity, Attention, & Focus’ and ‘Learning Disabilities and Attention’ on our Family Resources page.

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