ADD / ADHD
The condition is defined by a child with problems keeping the focus on a task, inattentive, easily distractibility, in a significant amount of cases hyperactivity, cannot sit still in the classroom, has problems following instruction and completing schoolwork and homework consistently after 5 years of age. Recently, the term ADHD has been changed to ADD:
- Type 1; Classic ADD (ADHD): Inattentive, distractibility, disorganized, hyperactive, restless and impulsive.
- Type 2; Inattentive ADD: inattentive, easily distracted, disorganized, daydreamers.
Most of the children do not have cognitive problems but, problems with attention and hyperactivity affect the school performance. It is common to see other problems associated with this diagnosis like fine motor delay, balance and coordination, viso-motor and central auditory processing problems. Usually, the parents are alerted about the condition by the school who recommends an evaluation. The condition can be diagnosed by a Psychologist, a Pediatrician, a Psychiatrist or a Neurologist.
The diagnosis is based on the results of a questionnaire, the most commonly used are the Connor scale or Vanderbilt test. The traditional treatment is medication and cognitive/ behavioral therapy. The medication works in 80% of the cases. The problem with the medication is concerned with side effects. WIN offers a comprehensive evaluation where medical and neurological problems are identified which cause the attention and concentration problems.
In the Wellness Institute of Neurodevelopment, we have been treating successfully children and adults with ADD, ADHD for the last 10 years. The treatment is designed to treat the conditions that are causing the attention and hyperactivity problems which in consequence, improves the symptoms and the medication can be weaned or discontinued.