The Lihn Center for Psychology


About the Center

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

If you have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, it is likely that you have average or above average intelligence, are creative, energetic, sensitive and affectionate. You might feel other don't understand you, and that frustrates you.

In 1994, the official name given to this disorder was changed from ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) to ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). There are three subtypes of this condition:

  • Inattentive
  • Hyperactive/Impulsive
  • Combined Type

Some professionals still use the term ADD when they refer to an individual who is primarily inattentive. ADHD is most often identified in children, but it affects individuals of all ages. It is often found in families, and therefore, parents of children with ADHD often recognize they too have the symptoms when their child is diagnosed.

There is no simple test to diagnose ADHD, so we use a battery of instruments personally designed for you.

Most children are referred because of academic problems, but ADHD symptoms affect all aspects of functioning. Unfortunately some teachers and most parents do not understand ADHD and often believe the student isn't trying.

Students who have ADHD typically have difficulty finishing standardized tests. The problem particularly affects students taking the SATs and professional exams like the MCAT's, LSAT's, and Step Exam. We provide evaluations to document this difficulty and apply for accommodations.

With proper treatment, individuals with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder can lead normal, productive lives.

The Lihn Center for Psychology   •   1216 Darby Rd.   •   Havertown, PA 19083   •   610-446-9669