Anxiety And ADHD
Anxiety And ADHD
Understanding and Dealing with Anxiety
All children and teens experience fears and worries at various stages of their lives. However, anxiety can reach a point where it is excessive and interferes in children’s lives by lowering their school performance, interfering with their ability to make and maintain friendships, and by negatively impacting family relationships.
In order to diagnose a child or teen with ADHD, Dr. Sivan Kochinski conducts a thorough evaluation in which the child or teen and his or her parents are interviewed, and appropriate assessments or questionnaires are administered. Dr. Kochinski is well versed in cognitive behavioral methods for teaching coping and reasoning skills to help kids and teens understand and confront their worries. In addition to working directly with children, Dr. Kochinski also teaches parents how to use and prompt strategies at home as ongoing work outside of the therapy session is imperative to treatment success. Individual techniques as well as the level of parental involvement will vary by the patient’s developmental level and individual diagnosis and needs.
Understanding and Dealing with ADHD/ADD
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common childhood disorders and can continue through adolescence and adulthood. Symptoms include inattention and difficulty staying focused, impulsivity or acting without thinking, difficulty following through, and hyperactivity. In order to diagnose a child or teen with ADHD, Dr. Sivan Kochinski completes a full evaluation that includes gathering information from multiple sources using interviews and various assessment measures to gain a better sense of the youth’s behavior in multiple environments (e.g., home, school, work).
If a diagnosis of ADHD is reached, Dr. Kochinski works with the child and his or her parents to manage the behavioral symptoms by developing an individualized, long-term plan. The goal is to help the child, with the support of his family, learn to control his or her own behavior. Families are taught behavioral management techniques that utilize positive and negative reinforcement to encourage appropriate behaviors and discourage inappropriate ones. Furthermore, in light of current research on the treatment of ADHD, which has found that in most cases ADHD is best treated with a combination of medication and behavior therapy, a referral to a psychiatrist for medication management may be necessary.