ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) is a serious (but treatable) neuro-developmental disorder which can manifest itself in a very early age. Full-blown symptoms can be especially evident in kindergarten and early school age. The clinical picture of a child which has typical set of symptoms of this disorder is the inability to concentrate, difficulty sustaining focus, age-inappropriate “hyperactivity”, lack of attention, procrastination, impatience and boredom with the tasks, as well as impulsivity. In pre-school and elementary school population, these symptoms should be seen as what they are – a psychological maladjustment instead of usual set of children-typical behaviors or “tantrums”. A strong indicator of ADHD is inability to properly plan, solve problems as well as follow a meaningful set of priorities.
ADHD is strongly correlated with improper work of executive functions, the set of functions of the frontal brain that provides streamlined organization of actions, impulses as well as behaviors which are age and situation appropriate, as well as conductive to a meaningful goal. South Florida Psychological Group, located in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and covering the needs of clients from Weston, FL and Boca Raton, FL, offers an evaluation of children, adolescents and young adults suspected of having ADHD. Psychotherapy, after initial evaluation of children, adolescents and young adults affected by ADHD remains the primary form of treatment. South Florida Psychological Group, located in Fort Lauderdale, FL, and covering the needs of clients from Weston, FL and Boca Raton, FL, offers the benefit of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), which is a set of interventions that teach the affected clients how to rationally, in context of their age and other factors, express appropriately their thoughts and feelings, and cope with their symptoms of ADHD. CBT and other methods aim to provide resolution of this disorder in a fundamental way by improving coping skills of both pediatric and adolescent clients. In the palliative treatment of ADHD, a number of pediatric psychiatrists rely on dispensing medications as a first-line option, most commonly the so-called stimulants, but given the advancement of psychotherapeutically-based approaches to this condition, pharmacology doesn’t have a monopoly in curing of ADHD, although it may be of some