An estimated 50 percent of people with attention deficit disorder (ADHD) also have other behavioral, emotional or academic problems that exist alongside the disorder. Many times these other conditions or problems are not properly evaluated, and can complicate the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD.

Do You Need Therapy?


People with a wide range of problems – from depression to marital strife to simple phobias like the fear of flying – can reap the benefits of psychotherapy. The common reasons you might seek therapy are listed below.

Diagnosing ADHD/ADD in Children


Health professionals who suspect ADHD hunt for the presence of a spectrum of characteristic behaviours and base their assessments on a battery of exams. They compare the results to the criteria set forth by the fourth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV).

How is ADHD Diagnosed?


While the symptoms of attention deficit disorder (ADHD) may appear commonplace in many people’s behavior (as many symptoms for mental disorders are), there are a set of specific diagnostic criteria used by trained mental health professionals to make the diagnosis.

For years, health professionals believed the signs and symptoms of ADHD vanished by the time a child became a teenager, with no long-lasting effects. Now they know that as many as two out of three children will continue to battle the disorder into adulthood.

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