Cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), with or without medication, is the gold-standard treatment for ADHD. Symptoms of ADHD include:
• Distractibility and inattentiveness
• Impulsivity and hyperactivity
• Emotion dysregulation
• Poor time management
• Poor organizational skills
ADHD becomes a problem when it negatively impacts important areas of our life including our relationships and social functioning, school or work performance, and our health and wellbeing.
CBT provides the patient with powerful tools to help learn ways to cope with and alleviate these problems. Other evidence-based therapies such as mindfulness-based therapy, dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) have also been shown to help individuals learn new skills and improve their functioning. These new tools and skills will help you to cope with emotion regulation, distress tolerance, time management, resolve interpersonal problems, and develop psychological flexibility.
ADHD Adult Diagnostic Assessment
Many adults come to us suspecting they have ADHD but never having been diagnosed or diagnosed properly. Knowing if you do or do not have ADHD can be imperative to developing an effective treatment plan to help you meet your goals, improve your functioning, and be productive in your life.
Please note that we do not provide comprehensive neuropsychological testing and as such any results from this evaluation will NOT provide the patient with ADA requirements for academic accommodations. We recommend that children and adolescents receive full neuropsychological/psychoeducational evaluations to rule out other potential diagnoses that would be important to address at a younger age.
We offer adult ADHD diagnostic assessment for individuals who want to know if they meet criteria for ADHD and who are not in need of ADA requirements for academic accommodations. Our diagnostic procedure for the evaluation of ADHD in adults utilizes a comprehensive approach and typically consists of the following:
• Comprehensive history including relevant record review
• Structured clinical interview with patient
• Information such as questionnaires and rating forms completed by collaterals (someone who knows the individual well and can provide information about the patient’s symptoms and behaviors in the past and/or present).
• Neuropsychological screening
• Evaluation of ADHD symptoms and causal impact on functioning which may include neuropsychological measures, inventories, self-report measures, and questionnaires.
• Feedback session
• Written report (optional)
Based on symptoms, there are three ADHD main diagnoses:
• Combined presentation: symptoms meet criteria for both inattention and impulsivity and hyperactivity.
• Predominately inattentive presentation: symptoms of inattention but not impulsivity and hyperactivity.
• Predominately hyperactive and impulsive: symptoms of hyperactivity and impulsivity but not inattention.
At Greenwich Psychology & Wellness, our therapists will help you heal from your pain with empathy and compassion. We take an individualized approach based on your needs and goals which include techniques from evidence-based therapies including cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), emotion-focused therapy (EFT), and work from grief experts including Elisabeth Kubler Ross’ five stages of grief and David Kessler’s finding meaning through grief.
If you are experiencing difficulty with a loss or an anticipated loss, please reach out to a therapist at Greenwich Psychology & Wellness to process your experience in a healthy and productive way. We will help you feel, accept, and adjust to your loss. You can adopt a new normal that includes meaning and purpose going forward in your life.
Call Greenwich Psychology & Wellness today to schedule a free, brief consultation or to set up your initial appointment.