Behavioral Health Consultants


Behavioral Health Consultants, LLC.

3018 Dixwell Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518

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Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

The DSM IV specifies features of ADHD as the following:

“The essential feature of ADHD is a persistent pattern of inattention/ or hyperactivity-impulsivity that is more frequently displayed and more severe than is typically observed in individuals at a comparable level of development.  Some hyperactive-impulsive or inattentive symptoms that caused impairment were present before the age of seven. Some impairment from the symptoms is present in two or more settings, as in school [or work] and at home. There must be clear evidence of interference with developmentally appropriate social, academic, or occupational functioning.”

 “Young children with ADHD move excessively and typically are difficult to contain. In school-aged children, symptoms of inattention affect classroom work and academic performance.  Impulsive symptoms may also lead to the breaking of familial, interpersonal, and educational rules.  As children mature, symptoms usually become less conspicuous.  By late childhood and early adolescence, signs of excessive gross motor activity are less common, and hyperactive symptoms may be confined to fidgetiness or an inner feeling of jitteriness or restlessness. In adulthood, restlessness may lead to difficulty in participating in sedentary activities and to avoid pastimes or occupations that provide limited opportunity for spontaneous movement.”

Impairment caused by ADHD can typically be relived. Treatment of ADHD commonly follows a combination of using behavioral modification techniques and medication.

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