Are you having trouble paying attention at work? Do you need help studying in school?
If you have said to yourself, “I think I have ADHD,” or wondered if you need medication and/or therapy for symptoms associated with ADHD (Adult Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), please contact Dr. Ascher to learn more about an evaluation for ADHD. If you were diagnosed in the past with ADHD by a psychologist, psychiatrist or neurologist, Dr. Ascher can provide medication management.
ADHD can cause serious issues in work, school and your personal relationships. Many individuals have difficulty living up to their potential because they have problems related to self-regulation, following through on things, reliability, and completing tasks by a deadline. ADHD presents itself in many ways, including inattention, difficulty multitasking, trouble concentrating, hyperfocusing on things that they enjoy, neglecting boring tasks, and forgetfulness.
ADHD symptoms in adults can also include low self-esteem, memory problems, short temper, thoughtless behavior, risk taking, and lack of motivation. As a result, these symptoms can derail careers, ambitions and relationships.
Getting Evaluated for ADHD
Dr. Ascher and colleagues can assess these symptoms to determine if you meet criteria for a diagnosis of Adult ADHD. ADHD is the official, medical term for the condition- regardless of whether the individual demonstrates symptoms of hyperactivity. ADD is an old term that is typically used to described inattentive-type ADHD which include symptoms of lack of focus, disorganization, and forgetfulness.
When evaluating for ADHD, we are simultaneously evaluating and ruling out other medical and psychological issues that can cause attention issues. We also evaluate for a host of co-occurring disorders that can accompany Adult ADHD.
If you are in therapy already, Dr. Ascher can provide psychiatric medication consultation, and will work using a collaborative team approach with your current therapist and other providers, as appropriate.
Have you exhibited at least twelve of the following behaviors since childhood?
- A sense of underachievement and not meeting one’s goals (regardless of how much one has actually accomplished).
- Difficulty getting organized.
- Chronic procrastination or trouble getting started.
- Many projects going simultaneously; trouble with follow through.
- A tendency to say what comes to mind without necessarily considering the timing or appropriateness of the remark.
- A frequent search for high stimulation.
- An intolerance of boredom.
- Easy distractibility; trouble focusing attention, tendency to tune out or drift away in the middle of a page or conversation, often coupled with an inability to focus at times.
- Often creative, intuitive, highly intelligent
- Trouble in going through established channels and following “proper” procedure.
- Impatient; low tolerance of frustration.
- Impulsive, either verbally or in action, as an impulsive spending of money.
- Changing plans, enacting new schemes or career plans and the like; hot-tempered.
- A tendency to worry needlessly, endlessly; a tendency to scan the horizon looking for something to worry about, alternating with attention to or disregard for actual dangers.
- A sense of insecurity.
- Mood swings, especially when disengaged from a person or a project.
- Physical or cognitive restlessness.
- A tendency toward addictive behavior.
- Chronic problems with self-esteem.
- Inaccurate self-observation.
- Family history of ADHD or bipolar illness or depression or substance use disorders or other disorders of impulse control or mood.
Dr. Ascher can offer state-of-the art multi-disciplinary treatment approaches to Adult ADHD. These include comprehensive diagnostic examinations, medication management, neuropsychological evaluations, ADHD coaching, cognitive behavioral therapy and family therapy.
For college and graduate students who suffer from ADHD and/or learning differences, Dr. Ascher will recommend a psychoeducational assessments that help individuals qualify for accommodations in college, graduate school and on standardized graduate admissions exams, such as the GMAT (business school), GRE (graduate school), LSAT (law school), DAT (dental school) and MCAT (medical school).
The estimated prevalence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) among adults is up to 5%. Dr. Ascher is committed to prescribing medications (when clinically appropriate) while minimizing the potential for abuse and adverse effects. Medication should be seen as only one tool to address symptoms associated with Adult ADHD. Other interventions can include dietary modifications, sleep hygiene, skills coaching, exercise, cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness, and behavioral modification.
By seeking effective treatment from an experienced professional, you can improve your symptoms and overcome many of the challenges of Adult ADHD.
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Dr. Ascher is a psychiatrist in Philadelphia, serving clients in Center City and the Philadelphia Main Line area, including Wayne, Villanova, Bryn Mawr, Rosemont, Gladwyne, Radnor, Haverford, Ardmore, Wynnewood, Narberth, Merion, Strafford, Berwyn, Devon, Malvern, St. Davids, Lower Merion Township, Radnor Township, Haverford Township, Tredyffrin Township, Easttown Township, Willistown Township, Montgomery, Delaware, Chester County Pa. To learn more about treatment and evaluation for adult ADHD in Philadelphia, please reach out today.Please share this post!