Toronto brain health provides ADHD diagnostic assessments, cognitive behavioral treatment and psychotherapy services to individuals who are 18 years of age and older, including:
- Diagnostic assessment for ADHD; we rely on comprehensive neuropsychological evaluation to rule out other factors that could be contributing to or account for attentional difficulties.
- For people pursuing careers as air traffic controllers, pilots, or other aviation related occupations, we provide assessments to rule out ADHD or cognitive difficulties due to other conditions such as concussion.
- Recommended accommodations for ADHD and other related conditions in university, college or in the workplace.
- Medical clearance through the Civil Aviation Medicine department may require a comprehensive neuropsychological assessment including mental health evaluation and objective psychometric testing, which we have the competency to provide.
- Cognitive behavioral treatment program for ADHD, once we confirm a diagnosis of ADHD, and medication has been prescribed by a primary care provider or psychiatrist in the community. Should attentional difficulties be due to other neurological or psychological conditions, we can provide cognitive rehabilitation and/or psychological therapy, as needed.
- Psychotherapy for psychological conditions that often accompany ADHD including depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, low self-esteem, poor sleep or insomnia, and other difficulties.
- To accurately diagnose ADHD, attentional and / or impulsivity symptoms should not be better explained by other conditions, including mental health, medical, neurological, or brain injury-related conditions, as well as circumstantial situations.
- The prevalence of ADHD in adults is estimated to be 3 to 5%.
- Up to 75% of individuals with ADHD have at least one accompanying psychological condition.
- Individuals with ADHD are at increased risk of sustaining a concussion and may take longer to recover due to overlapping cognitive symptoms and pre-existing and/ or current psychological conditions.
An accurate diagnosis of ADHD is important to effectively treat the underlying cause of attentional symptoms. Several medical, psychological, neurological, or circumstantial conditions can cause or contribute to attentional and other cognitive difficulties. Once a diagnosis is attained, the first line of treatment for ADHD is medication. While we do not prescribe medications for ADHD at Toronto Brain Health, many primary care providers and psychiatrists do. The benefit of combined treatment for ADHD, medication and cognitive behavioral treatment, is supported by research and widely recommended as it can lead to better functional improvement than one type of therapy alone. ADHD is often accompanied by other conditions that if treated can further improve one’s overall wellbeing, productivity and functioning.
ADHD Management and Treatment
At Toronto Brain Health we provide cognitive remediation, behavioural tools and psychological therapies for ADHD and many related conditions. As neuropsychologists, with dual designation in clinical psychology and clinical neuropsychology, our approach is informed by research in neuroscience, behavioural methods, cognitive rehabilitation, and clinical psychology.