What is ADHD?
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.
Inattention means a person wanders off task, lacks persistence, has difficulty sustaining focus, and is disorganized; and these problems are not due to defiance or lack of comprehension.
Hyperactivity means a person seems to move about constantly, including situations in which it is not appropriate when it is not appropriate, excessively fidgets, taps, or talks. In adults, it may be extreme restlessness or wearing others out with their activity.
Impulsivity means a person makes hasty actions that occur in the moment without first thinking about them and that may have high potential for harm; or a desire for immediate rewards or inability to delay gratification. An impulsive person may be socially intrusive and excessively interrupt others or make important decisions without considering the long-term consequences.
How is ADHD diagnosed?
Diagnosis of ADHD requires a comprehensive evaluation by a licensed clinician, such as a pediatrician, psychologist, or psychiatrist with expertise in ADHD. For a person to receive a diagnosis of ADHD, the symptoms of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity must be chronic or long-lasting, impair the person’s functioning, and cause the person to fall behind normal development for his or her age. The doctor will also ensure that any ADHD symptoms are not due to another medical or psychiatric condition. ADHD symptoms can appear as early as between the ages of 3 and 6 and can continue through adolescence and adulthood. Symptoms of ADHD can be mistaken for emotional or disciplinary problems or missed entirely in quiet, well-behaved children, leading to a delay in diagnosis.
Treatment for ADHD at Cogwheel CLinic
Cogwheel's ADHD CLinic is a unique approach that involves all aspects of your child's functioning.
-ABA and/or Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Executive Functioning
-Occupational Therapy for cognitive developent of planning, organization and impulse control
-Naturopathic Medicine for herbal or stimulant medication
-Nutrition and sleep help
Most families start with a mixture of nutrition and therapy, as well as adding in natural naturopathic supplements that mimic the effects of stimulant medication. Dr Glynn, who specialized in Autism and ADHD, is a well-versed in both natural and stimulant medications, and offers guidance and medication management no matter which route you prefer to take.