Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) are now common terms that have worked their way into our everyday language and culture. Some clinics or practices even advertise that they specialize in ADD.  Some have said that they are both the most overdiagnosed and underdiagnosed of labels.  While it seems that no one pays attention all of the time, some people truly have such a problem staying focused and shutting out distractions that their work or school performance suffers or their relationships are compromised.  While sometimes medication can assist those who truly have a diagnosable Attention Deficit Disorder, sometimes, it may be better to explore alternative approaches to working with these types of problems.  With all of the popular press surrounding the term “ADD” we believe it is usually best to have a careful and thorough assessment done to help accurately diagnose such issues and/or perhaps rule out the need for medical treatment.

While check lists or interviews by a pediatrician or counselor can help in the diagnosis, neuropsychological and psychoeducational testing typically is helpful in rounding out the full picture and making more detailed plans for effective treatment and supports. 

Powell & Wagner Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) / Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)