Do you find yourself or your loved one frequently getting distracted, missing deadlines, talking over others, or feel restless? These may be indicative of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, commonly referred to as ADHD is a relatively common neuro-developmental disorder that is characterized by patterns of inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity that interferes with day to day activities such as studying, working, relaxing and sleeping. ADHD can become apparent in children as young as 3 years old, and will most often persist throughout their childhood, adolescence, and even into adulthood. By receiving a professional ADHD assessment, along with compassionate counselling, a person with ADHD can learn to develop their strength, cope with their difficulties, and gain access to additional resources to help improve functioning and quality of life.
Trained counsellors work with psychiatrists, psychologists, teachers, and other professionals in order to ensure they issue the appropriate diagnosis. During the assessment, the psychologist may initially ask the patient to fill out a series of behavioural questionnaires, followed by in-depth interviews with both the individual themselves and the people who know them best, such as their parents, friends, spouses, or teachers. After analyzing the results of these questionnaires and interviews, psychiatric and counselling professionals may determine that the patient has met the criteria for an ADHD diagnosis.