Diagnosing and Treating ADHD


Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a common behavioral disorder, seen in about 5% of children that is usually genetically transmitted and detected in the early grades.  ADHD consists of a diagnostic triad of inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsiveness and is often accompanied by problems with executive functioning (planning, organizing, starting/stopping) and defiant behavior. ADHD actually comes in three types:  Primarily Inattentive, Primarily Hyperactive/Impulsive and Combined Type. Children whose ADHD goes untreated are very likely to fail school, fall in with a bad peer group and end up abusing drugs and alcohol.  


Diagnosing ADHD requires a structured investigation of many aspects of the child's functioning.  In the case of children Dr. Eberlin  initially meets with the parents of the child so, he can obtain pertinent information regarding the child’s behavior across settings and his/her developmental history


The second session is the direct evaluation of the child with the parent present in the room. The parent and often the teacher will complete standardized rating scales as well for comparison.  For treatment, Dr. Eberlin will develop a personalized treatment plan that will incorporate recommendations such as family therapy, behavioral parenting, educational support and referral for medication.  


For adults, the diagnosis of ADHD can be made in one session and includes a developmental history, clinical interview, an examination of the patient’s current mental status, and the use of a standardized rating scales and/or diagnostic checklists.  An individualized treatment plan involving individual and/or couples psychotherapy, physical exercise, social support, and referral for medication is then developed. 


Dr. Eberlin is an informal, funny, warm yet very professional Psychologist near Huntington and Commack who will make your diagnostic experience as comfortable and useful as possible.

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