Dr. Swan offers thorough Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) assessments in Kelowna, BC, offering a personalized approach to understanding and diagnosing ADHD. Her process is designed to meticulously evaluate your unique cognitive profile and provide clarity on your strengths and struggles. To learn more about Dr. Swan’s approach, see her bio.
Initial Consultation: Understanding Your Challenges
Our journey begins with an initial consultation. This session is crucial for Dr. Swan to understand the specific challenges you’re facing. It’s an opportunity to explore not only symptoms that may indicate an ADHD diagnosis, but also to consider other potential factors impacting your wellbeing.
In-depth Cognitive Testing: A Holistic Approach
Following the consultation, we engage in a comprehensive cognitive evaluation. This phase is critical for a holistic understanding of your cognitive abilities. We assess various aspects including problem-solving skills, language proficiency, attention and concentration levels, abstract and concrete reasoning, and memory. Our focus is not solely on identifying areas of struggle but also on uncovering your strengths. ADHD often coexists with other conditions like learning disorders and behavioral challenges, and our testing is designed to provide a complete cognitive profile.
Detailed Feedback and Collaborative Care
Post-assessment, Dr. Swan conducts a feedback session to discuss the results and the final diagnosis. You will receive a detailed report, which can be shared with other healthcare providers, ensuring a collaborative approach to your care.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is ADHD?
ADHD is a common neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by challenges in regulating attention, focus, and emotions. It manifests in various forms, such as predominantly inattentive, predominantly hyperactive, and combined types. While often identified in childhood, ADHD can also be diagnosed in adults.
Can my family doctor diagnose ADHD?
While family doctors play a crucial role, they often collaborate with psychologists for an ADHD diagnosis. Psychologists provide in-depth testing and a thorough historical analysis, offering a more comprehensive assessment than a general practitioner might be able to conduct due to time constraints.
That said, some general practitioners have additional training and comfort in ADHD diagnosis so Dr. Swan recommends checking in with your GP, if you have one, and she is happy to collaborate to ensure the best outcome.
How does cognitive testing aid in understanding ADHD?
Cognitive testing delves deep into your cognitive functioning, providing insights into the root causes of your symptoms. This extensive evaluation helps in accurately diagnosing ADHD and ruling out other conditions, leading to more effective treatment strategies.
Where can I learn more about ADHD?
For reliable information on ADHD, consider these resources:
- Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance (CADDRA): www.caddra.ca
- Dr. Russell Barkley, a leading expert in ADHD: www.russellbarkley.org
- CHADD: www.chadd.org
- ADDitude Magazine: www.additudemag.com
What are the next steps after an ADHD diagnosis?
Post ADHD diagnosis, we explore various treatment options tailored to your specific needs. These may include medication (in collaboration with your doctor) and behavioral interventions. For students, Dr. Swan can assist in obtaining educational accommodations to address ADHD-related challenges.
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