A major emphasis of The Rochester Center for Behavioral Medicine is the identification and treatment of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder throughout the life span. We offer comprehensive screening and evaluation of this particular disorder. Screening is done through thorough psychiatric interview and the use of collateral history and symptom checklists. When needed, neuropsychological testing is available.
ADHD is a highly prevalent disorder. It affects between 6% and 10% of the American population. ADHD is a disorder of attention, concentration, hyperactivity and impulsivity. This activity persists through the life cycle. RCBM is dedicated to the treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with ADHD.
ADHD directly impacts individuals and their family. Students with ADHD often struggle in school, academically and socially. They have a high rates of school failure and struggle with other mental health conditions.The struggle with ADHD does not end in adolescence. Adults with ADHD report problems with distractability, attention, and impulsivity. They are much more likely than the rest of the population to suffer from anxiety and depression. Many report difficulties with insomnia or oversleeping. They have higher levels of persistent anxiety and depression. Studies reveal that adults with ADHD have difficulty throughout their lives with their job, schooling, interpersonal relationships and overall well-being.
RCBM is committed to accurately and fully diagnosing ADHD. We believe that each individual should be carefully evaluated. Our patients obtain a full diagnostic interview where we can ascertain the full history and the current concerns. If after this intake we believe that further evaluation is warranted, we will arrange for psychological testing. The psychological testing process takes approximately two and a half to three hours to complete. It is conducted by specially trained RCBM psychometricians. The testing allows us to precisely diagnose the type of ADHD you have (ADHD combined type, ADHD predominantly inattentive type, ADHD predominantly hyperactive impulsive type).
Furthermore, we can diagnose other conditions that commonly co-occur with ADHD. These include depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, panic disorder, learning disabilities, sleep disorders, and substance-use disorders.
Once the testing is completed, our psychiatrist or one of our nurse practitioners will review your findings, combining the initial diagnostic intake with the psychological screening. A treatment plan will be developed, which usually includes medications and ADHD coaching or therapy.
ADHD coaching can be an important part of comprehensive treatment program for individuals with ADHD. ADHD coaches educate clients regarding this disorder. They reframe negative beliefs, identify individual learning styles, and develop systems and strategies to overcome strategies. Individuals with ADHD struggle with time management, organization, impulsivity, and procrastination. Coaching offers individualized and action-oriented approaches to combat these issues. Coaches are focused on developing productive habits and systems that lead to more productive lives. Several of the RCBM therapists are particularly focused on ADHD coaching. At times, coaching can be conducted on the phone, although different insurance coverage applies.
Sometimes medications are useful for ADHD. The Rochester Center for Behavioral Medicine prescribes many different medications, and will work with you to develop a medication treatment plan that works for you. RCBM staff have been involved in many clinical protocols. Many of the medications currently available for the treatment of ADHD have been tested through clinical trials at the Rochester Center for Behavioral Medicine. A list of the commonly used AD/HD medications can be found on the medications page.
RCBM is currently involved in clinical trials on the following research topics: