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    About ADHD

    DR. JOHANNA

    BERGER,

    Clinical Psychologist

    I specialize in diagnosing and treating Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in children, teens, and adults. I am a ADHD Certified Clinical Services Provider (ADHD-CCSP) through the Institute of Certified ADHD Professionals.

     

    The symptoms of ADHD may impact multiple areas of your life or your child’s life. I am available to teach you strategies to effectively manage your symptoms and increase your quality of life. 

    The way ADHD impacts your child may change as he or she gets older. ADHD may hinder your child's academic performance, your parent-child relationship, or peer relationships. Adolescents may experience increase conflict with their parents, academic failure, or aggressive behavior. Adults with ADHD may experience symptoms that impact their romantic relationships, self-esteem, or professional success. 

    Even if you do not reach the full criteria for an ADHD diagnosis, you may experience symptoms or executive functioning weaknesses that hinder your academic or professional performance. I am here to address these executive functioning weaknesses, including time management issues, organizational difficulties, difficulty planning ahead, difficulty paying attention, and decision-making issues.

    As a resource, I've included an abbreviated list of the diagnostic criteria for ADHD below. This information is not intended to be used to diagnose ADHD.

     

    Please call today for help diagnosing and addressing ADHD or any of the symptoms below. I look forward to helping you.

    DSM Diagnostic Criteria for ADHD

     

    Individuals with ADHD show a persistent pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development. Individuals may present as predominantly inattentive, predominantly hyperactive/impulsive, or with a combined presentation.

    For children 16 and under, 6 or more of the following symptoms from either section below must be present. For adults and adolescents 17 and older, at least 5 of the following symptoms from either section must be present. Symptoms must have persisted for at least 6 months to a degree that is inconsistent with the person's developmental level and negatively impacts social and academic/occupational activities.

    1. Inattention: ​

    • Often fails to give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in schoolwork, at work, or during other activities.

    • Often has difficulty sustaining attention in tasks or play activities.

    • Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly.

    • Often does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties in the workplace.

    • Often has trouble organizing tasks and activities.

    • Often avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to do tasks that require sustained mental effort.

    • Often loses things necessary for tasks and activities.

    • Is often easily distracted by extraneous stimuli.

    • Is often forgetful in daily activities.

    2. Hyperactivity and Impulsivity:

    • Often fidgets with or taps hands or feet or squirms in seat.

    • Often leaves seat in situations when remaining seated is expected.

    • Often runs about or climbs in situations where it is not appropriate (In adolescents or adults, may be limited to feeling restless).

    • Often unable to play or engage in leisure activities quietly.

    • Is often “on the go” acting as if “driven by a motor”.

    • Often talks excessively.

    • Often blurts out an answer before a question has been completed.

    • Often has trouble waiting his or her turn.

    • Often interrupts or intrudes on others.

    Additionally, the following conditions must be met:

    • Several symptoms were present prior to age 12 years.

    • Several symptoms are present in two or more settings.

    • There is clear evidence that the symptoms interfere with, or reduce the quality of, social, school, or occupational functioning.

    • The symptoms do not occur only during the course of schizophrenia or another psychotic disorder and are not better explained by another mental disorder.