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Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD):
ADHD is best diagnosed with a neuropsychological assessment to distinguish it from other emotional disorders or learning disabilities that may have similar symptoms. ADHD is a condition that becomes apparent in children in early school years, but may persist into adulthood. When hyperactivity, distractibility, poor concentration, or impulsivity begin to affect performance in school, social relationships, or ability to accomplish day-to-day activities, treatment may be necessary. Medications such as stimulants are typically the first-line treatment approach for ADHD. However, medications are not always helpful for everybody, and interfering symptoms can still be present even when medications are effective. Cognitive-behavioral therapy offered at the PSC can help further reduce symptoms and address issues of adaptive coping and effects of ADHD on quality of life. CBT for ADHD includes gaining skills in organization and planning, reducing distractibility, and learning to think adaptively.