Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a relatively common condition that affects both children and adults and often goes undiagnosed. In many cases patients simply live with the condition, coping with symptoms as best they can and often attributing their problems to their own shortcomings. Most patients feel a sense of relief upon learning that they have been diagnosed as having ADHD because it confirms that their problems are caused by a treatable condition rather than their own character flaws.
The Family Psychology Place offers professional ADHD assessments in Calgary for children and adults. ADHD is not fatal, nor does it necessarily mean you will have to take pills for the rest of your life. However, without a professional diagnosis and appropriate course of treatment, the condition is unlikely to improve.
Identifying ADHD is not as simple as diagnosing some other medical conditions and symptoms may not be present in all situations. Also, there are a number of conditions whose symptoms resemble those of ADHD, such as anxiety, depression, learning disorders, and PTSD, among others. ADHD patients may also exhibit co-occurring problems, such as mood swings, disobedience, relationship problems, anger management and other behaviours.
ADHD assessments are necessarily comprehensive and multifaceted, examining all aspects of daily life including home, school or work, and social functionality. A thorough evaluation will typically include a number of steps and require more than one visit. The experienced and certified team of highly experienced psychologists at The Family Psychology Place will carefully evaluate the results of the testing to rule out other possible conditions in order to make an appropriate diagnosis and prescribe an appropriate plan for treatment.
ADHD Treatment Options
There is no “cure” for ADHD but the symptoms can be managed. Treating ADHD in children and adults requires a comprehensive approach that addresses medical, educational, behavioural and psychological issues. Depending on the age of the patient, treatment could include one or more of the following:
At The Family Psychology Place we work with the patient, health care providers and other professionals to tailor a plan that addresses the unique needs of each patient and their family while helping to control symptoms, attain a feeling of well-being, and better manage social interactions.
For more information, or to request ADHD testing for yourself or a loved one, please contact our office.
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