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Is this ADHD or Not?


Certain conditions that could mimic ADHD or cause the ADHD-like behaviors are:



High School /College Students may feign symptoms to obtain accommodations or controlled substanc


ADHD is diagnosed after a person has shown some or all of the symptoms of ADHD on a regular basis for more than six months. In addition, symptoms must be present in more than one setting and have been present since the age of 12. Depending on the number and type of symptoms, a person will be diagnosed with one of three subtypes of ADHD: Primarily Inattentive, Primarily Hyperactive or Combined subtype.


The diagnosis involves gathering information from several sources, including schools, caregivers, and parents. Based on the information obtained from standardized rating scales a child's/adolescent behavior will be compared with that of other children the same age. Some symptoms that suggest ADHD in children include inattention, hyperactivity, and/or impulsivity. 



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During the first session, a clinical interview and an objective continuous performance test (Quotient ADHD Testing) will be conducted.



    • Quotient is cleared by the FDA with the intended use “to provide clinicians with objective measures of hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattention to aid in the clinical assessment of ADHD”.

      • The Quotient ADHD System is an innovative device that objectively measures three core symptom domains of ADHD: hyperactivity, inattention and impulsivity. Based on research from the McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School Affiliate, this easy-to-administer tool uses advanced motion tracking technology to track a child or adult’s micromovements while they complete a computerized test that takes less than half an hour. After the test is completed, patterns of motion, the accuracy of the responses, and fluctuations in attention state are quickly analyzed and scored using proprietary algorithms. Scores and test data provide you with valuable insights into both the existence of ADHD-related deficits and the magnitude of those deficits compared to expectable results from typically developing children of the same age and gender.


    • During the clinical interview important background information, family data, developmental history, will be collected. Think of it as an information-gathering session for the professional’s benefit (but ultimately for your benefit). You may have to recall or review a lot of your life and personal history with the professional, who will often ask specific questions about various stages in your life.

Quotient Adhd Testing and Clinical Interview



During the second session, a Psychological assessment will be performed. Psychological assessment is a process of testing that uses a combination of techniques to help arrive at some hypotheses about a person and their behavior, personality and capabilities. Psychological assessment is also referred to as psychological testing or performing a psychological battery on a person.


Psychological testing measures an individual’s performance at a specific point in time — right now. Psychologists talk about a person’s “present functioning” in terms of their test data. 


Psychological Test/Rating Scales will be administered focusing on 


  • ADHD symptoms

  • Executive Functioning

  • Mental Health

  • Substance Abuse

  • Social and Interpersonal Functioning

Psychological Testing



During the third session, the results obtained during the first two sessions will be verified and analyzed.  Based on the information obtained from this session and the previous session a diagnosis will be formulated.

The diagnosis will be explained and the treatment options will be discussed.




Based on the clinical diagnosis a treatment plan, targeting individual symptoms will be formulated. A treatment plan can incorporate the following;


  • Medication Management;

    • Medication options should be discussed with your family physician

      • Stimulant medications and atomoxetine are the most effective treatments we have available for ADHD with the largest evidence base Their safety is incredibly well established They improve 70-90 percent of clinical cases, normalizing 50-60% of such cases They are convenient to administer, with the least effort required relative to other non-medical treatments, especially the once daily delivery systems They are less expensive than psychosocial therapies over the same span of time They can be used for years, even into adulthood 

  • Alternative Therapies

    • Micronutrient Formulation.

      • Latest research: Micronutrients improved overall function, reduced impairment and improved inattention, emotional regulation and aggression, but not hyperactive/impulsive symptoms, in this sample of children with ADHD. Although direct benefit for core ADHD symptoms was modest, with mixed findings across raters, the low rate of adverse effects and the benefits reported across multiple areas of functioning indicate micronutrients may be a favorable option for some children, particularly those with both ADHD and emotional dysregulation. Trial registered with the Australian New Zealand 

    • CogMed

      • Cogmed Working Memory Training® is a computer-based solution for attention problems caused by poor working memory. Together with qualified teams around the world, Cogmed offers a training solution for all settings.We combine cognitive neuroscience with innovative computer game design and close professional support to deliver substantial and lasting benefits to our users. Our solutions include easy-to-use software and personal support.

    • Executive Functioning Training

      • GROUP THERAPY Executive function skills enable us to plan, focus attention, remember instructions, and manage multiple tasks. Up to 90 percent of kids with ADHD struggle with executive function challenges that impair goal-directed behavior. Here’s how to identify EFD, and get it under control.

      • The group sessions will be running on a continuous intake basis. You can enter the program at any time.  The sessions will repeat so that you do not have to miss a session and can fit it into your busy schedule.    



·     Self- management to time

·     Self-organization /problem-solving.

·     Self-restraint/ impulse control

·     Self motivation

·     Self activation/ concentration