Did you know that 8-10% of men and 3-4% of women under the age of 18 have ADHD? And that only 2% of these people are diagnosed and receive the help need? Did you know that ADHD is hereditary? It is linked to a chemical imbalance in the neurotransmitters. Did you know that 2/3 of children with ADHD continue to have difficulties as adults?
At the Excelle MD Private medical clinics, Dr. Patricia Côté offers ADHD (attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder) assessment services for children, adolescents, and adults. We offer a structured, systematic, organized approach that enables us to support the person and his/her family throughout the evaluation process, which includes one to three meetings, as well as follow-up meetings and additional clinical adjustments if they are required.
ADHD symptoms are often present from childhood but can be identified in adolescence or in adulthood.
Both individuals affected and their families may experience difficulties in day-to-day life that affect school, work, and personal life because of various clinical manifestations such as attentional/cognitive difficulties (forgetfulness, distractibility, loss of objects, disorganization, mood swings), problems with organization, agitated or impulsive behaviors, or emotional lability.
A number of other clinical manifestations or other traits may also be associated with ADHD such as anxiety, mood disorders, or multiple other symptoms.
As can be seen, there are many aspects of ADHD, and, when making an assessment, it is important to take the time to identify the traits specific to each person, as well as the spheres affected, in order to clearly define a non-pharmacological as well as a pharmacological treatment plan. In addition, as a response to treatment varies from one individual to another, our team will make sure to clearly identify treatment objectives with the individual and his/her family and will ensure personalized follow-up in order to maximize the level of functioning.
Detecting ADHD and understanding how the brain works will help the individual and his/her family to implement several compensatory strategies to reduce the impact of the disorder.
Red Flags for Adults Who Have ADHD
- A long history of difficulty paying attention
- Problems with organization (difficulty with time management, missed appointments, often late, unfinished projects)
- Erratic employment history (changing jobs often, not preparing for meetings, projects not completed on time, difficulties with co-workers, employers, and/or clients)
- Anger management problems (conflicts with authority, controlling as a parent, disputes with co-workers or their children’s teachers, episodes of rage)
- Marital problems (spouse complains about never being listened to, speaking without thinking, impulsive, forgets important events)
- Too talkative, frequent or inappropriate interruptions, talks too loudly
- Money management problems (impulse purchases, often short of money, fail to pay bills or file taxes, history of bankruptcy)
- Excessive use of caffeine
- Is the parent of a child with ADHD
- College student who is frustrated and must reduce his/her course load or encounter problems doing projects
- Secondary problems such as anxiety and depression
- Adults may seem successful, but do not achieve their potential when compared
- Adults who expend more energy than others to do the same amount of work
Go to http://www.caddra.ca/patient-forms/adults and fill out the forms to start your evaluation right away.