Evaluation for Attention Deficit Disorder, with or without hyperactivity is carefully and methodically done at CWI. Research and growing awareness of the disorder indicate that some individuals are unusually successful – and occasionally classically hyperactive – while living with this disorder, and we do not want to alter the successful components of personality make-up. To provide the best individualized treatment, we take scrupulous histories, as well as doing a scrupulous mental status exam and review of potential medical issues that might complicate treatment.
- We also use the Quotient ® computerized diagnostic system which measures attention and movement on an age adjusted basis to the nearest percentile, allowing us to see if there is demonstrable hyperactivity or inattentiveness, or if the symptoms causing the request for consultation might be due to other issues.
- When medication is indicated, we use the lowest amount possible, and always attempt to use extended release preparations so that there is no “school dosing” involved with kids. Our aim is perfect control, for an adequate period of time during the day, while not altering the child’s personality, turning him or her into a “drugged zombie” in appearance, or giving him or her any kind of side effects whatsoever. The way we are able to do that is careful and precise diagnosis and our pattern of micro-adjusting doses of psychiatric medications, plus a liberal use of supplements and natural substances to augment their effectiveness.