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Diagnosing ADHD in Children: When Is the Right Time? Psychologist Ashley Gorman of Morris Psychological Group Provides Tips for Parents


Parsippany, NJ (PRWEB) December 16, 2014

Is your child unable to sit still at the dinner table? Daydreaming in class? Having trouble following instructions? Interrupting others and blurting out inappropriate comments? These are all normal behaviors in children. They might also be signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). How do you know? If you have the nagging suspicion that it might be ADHD, when is the right time to have your child tested? “All children exhibit the behaviors that characterize ADHD some of the time,” says ADHD specialist Dr. Ashley Gorman of Morris Psychological Group. “The keys to an accurate diagnosis are the extent of the symptoms and their duration. Are these behaviors interfering with your child’s ability to function at home and at school? How long have they been present?”

ADHD, one of the most common childhood brain disorders, is characterized by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity, which are also hallmarks of normal childhood behavior. Even when the behavior is severe, the diagnosis may be missed. Not all children exhibit all three behaviors and children who are primarily inattentive, for example, are sometimes not flagged for ADHD evaluation because they tend to sit quietly and not be disruptive. The prototypical “off the wall” behavior is more easily identified but the child may be thought to be lacking discipline or simply be “high-spirited.” Conversely, normal childhood behaviors – getting distracted, acting impulsively, or having trouble concentrating – can be mistaken for symptoms of ADHD.

“Signs of ADHD often show up between the ages of three and six,” says Dr. Gorman, “but diagnosis is difficult at that age. Children mature at different rates and delays in language development, for example, may cause frustration that looks like ADHD. Also, other medical and psychological conditions, learning disabilities or major life changes might cause behaviors that mimic ADHD. By around age seven, a qualified professional can generally confirm or rule out a diagnosis.” While there is no single test that definitely identifies ADHD, a clinical psychologist or other specialist will examine a combination of factors to formulate a diagnosis – a complete medical history and exam, interviews or questionnaires for parents, teachers and others who interact regularly with the child, and possibly an ADHD rating scale that helps collect and evaluate information.

Tips for parents: Signs and symptoms

The child who is inattentive…seems not to be paying attention even when spoken to directly, makes careless mistakes, loses things, has difficulty completing a task, is easily distracted, has trouble following instructions and staying organized, is forgetful.

The child who is hyperactive…runs around at inappropriate times, fidgets and squirms when forced to sit, seems to be in constant motion, talks nonstop, has trouble with quiet tasks, has a volatile temper.

The child who is impulsive…interrupts, blurts out answers without waiting to be called on, can’t wait his or her turn, acts without thinking, intrudes on others’ activities, overreacts emotionally.

Tips for parents: When to seek help

“All children will exhibit some of these behaviors once in a while or for short periods,” says Dr. Gorman. “And while most parents don’t want to be alarmist or subject their child to unnecessary examination and testing, it’s important to recognize that if the child does have ADHD, early intervention can forestall problems as he or she matures and is exposed to more complex social and educational situations.” Dr. Gorman suggests the following guidelines for parents considering seeking help:


Are the symptoms consistent across all settings – home, school and play? If the behavior is exhibited in only one environment, chances are something other than ADHD is causing it.
How long have the symptoms been present? A persistent pattern of behavior for six months or more is generally a criterion for a positive diagnosis.
How severe are the symptoms? Are they negatively affecting the child at home, at play or at school? Is he or she falling behind academically? Isolated socially? The impact on a child’s life is the most important consideration in seeking an evaluation.

“There is no cure for ADHD,” says Dr. Gorman. “but it is treatable. The family pediatrician can usually recommend a qualified mental health professional who can perform a complete evaluation and recommend a course of treatment. Often a combination of medication and behavioral management is the most effective way to reduce symptoms and improve functioning. Some children grow out of ADHD and for some, it continues into adulthood. But at any age appropriate treatment and support can enable those with ADHD to reach their full potential.”

Ashley Gorman, PhD., A.B.P.P., specializes in comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations of a wide range of cognitive problems.

Morris Psychological Group, P.A. offers a wide range of therapy and evaluation services to adults, children and adolescents. http://www.morrispsych.com







Diagnosing ADHD in Children: When Is the Right Time? Psychologist Ashley Gorman of Morris Psychological Group Provides Tips for Parents


Parsippany, NJ (PRWEB) December 16, 2014

Is your child unable to sit still at the dinner table? Daydreaming in class? Having trouble following instructions? Interrupting others and blurting out inappropriate comments? These are all normal behaviors in children. They might also be signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). How do you know? If you have the nagging suspicion that it might be ADHD, when is the right time to have your child tested? “All children exhibit the behaviors that characterize ADHD some of the time,” says ADHD specialist Dr. Ashley Gorman of Morris Psychological Group. “The keys to an accurate diagnosis are the extent of the symptoms and their duration. Are these behaviors interfering with your child’s ability to function at home and at school? How long have they been present?”

ADHD, one of the most common childhood brain disorders, is characterized by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity, which are also hallmarks of normal childhood behavior. Even when the behavior is severe, the diagnosis may be missed. Not all children exhibit all three behaviors and children who are primarily inattentive, for example, are sometimes not flagged for ADHD evaluation because they tend to sit quietly and not be disruptive. The prototypical “off the wall” behavior is more easily identified but the child may be thought to be lacking discipline or simply be “high-spirited.” Conversely, normal childhood behaviors – getting distracted, acting impulsively, or having trouble concentrating – can be mistaken for symptoms of ADHD.

“Signs of ADHD often show up between the ages of three and six,” says Dr. Gorman, “but diagnosis is difficult at that age. Children mature at different rates and delays in language development, for example, may cause frustration that looks like ADHD. Also, other medical and psychological conditions, learning disabilities or major life changes might cause behaviors that mimic ADHD. By around age seven, a qualified professional can generally confirm or rule out a diagnosis.” While there is no single test that definitely identifies ADHD, a clinical psychologist or other specialist will examine a combination of factors to formulate a diagnosis – a complete medical history and exam, interviews or questionnaires for parents, teachers and others who interact regularly with the child, and possibly an ADHD rating scale that helps collect and evaluate information.

Tips for parents: Signs and symptoms

The child who is inattentive…seems not to be paying attention even when spoken to directly, makes careless mistakes, loses things, has difficulty completing a task, is easily distracted, has trouble following instructions and staying organized, is forgetful.

The child who is hyperactive…runs around at inappropriate times, fidgets and squirms when forced to sit, seems to be in constant motion, talks nonstop, has trouble with quiet tasks, has a volatile temper.

The child who is impulsive…interrupts, blurts out answers without waiting to be called on, can’t wait his or her turn, acts without thinking, intrudes on others’ activities, overreacts emotionally.

Tips for parents: When to seek help

“All children will exhibit some of these behaviors once in a while or for short periods,” says Dr. Gorman. “And while most parents don’t want to be alarmist or subject their child to unnecessary examination and testing, it’s important to recognize that if the child does have ADHD, early intervention can forestall problems as he or she matures and is exposed to more complex social and educational situations.” Dr. Gorman suggests the following guidelines for parents considering seeking help:


Are the symptoms consistent across all settings – home, school and play? If the behavior is exhibited in only one environment, chances are something other than ADHD is causing it.
How long have the symptoms been present? A persistent pattern of behavior for six months or more is generally a criterion for a positive diagnosis.
How severe are the symptoms? Are they negatively affecting the child at home, at play or at school? Is he or she falling behind academically? Isolated socially? The impact on a child’s life is the most important consideration in seeking an evaluation.

“There is no cure for ADHD,” says Dr. Gorman. “but it is treatable. The family pediatrician can usually recommend a qualified mental health professional who can perform a complete evaluation and recommend a course of treatment. Often a combination of medication and behavioral management is the most effective way to reduce symptoms and improve functioning. Some children grow out of ADHD and for some, it continues into adulthood. But at any age appropriate treatment and support can enable those with ADHD to reach their full potential.”

Ashley Gorman, PhD., A.B.P.P., specializes in comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations of a wide range of cognitive problems.

Morris Psychological Group, P.A. offers a wide range of therapy and evaluation services to adults, children and adolescents. http://www.morrispsych.com







Diagnosing ADHD in Children: When Is the Right Time? Psychologist Ashley Gorman of Morris Psychological Group Provides Tips for Parents


Parsippany, NJ (PRWEB) December 16, 2014

Is your child unable to sit still at the dinner table? Daydreaming in class? Having trouble following instructions? Interrupting others and blurting out inappropriate comments? These are all normal behaviors in children. They might also be signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). How do you know? If you have the nagging suspicion that it might be ADHD, when is the right time to have your child tested? “All children exhibit the behaviors that characterize ADHD some of the time,” says ADHD specialist Dr. Ashley Gorman of Morris Psychological Group. “The keys to an accurate diagnosis are the extent of the symptoms and their duration. Are these behaviors interfering with your child’s ability to function at home and at school? How long have they been present?”

ADHD, one of the most common childhood brain disorders, is characterized by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity, which are also hallmarks of normal childhood behavior. Even when the behavior is severe, the diagnosis may be missed. Not all children exhibit all three behaviors and children who are primarily inattentive, for example, are sometimes not flagged for ADHD evaluation because they tend to sit quietly and not be disruptive. The prototypical “off the wall” behavior is more easily identified but the child may be thought to be lacking discipline or simply be “high-spirited.” Conversely, normal childhood behaviors – getting distracted, acting impulsively, or having trouble concentrating – can be mistaken for symptoms of ADHD.

“Signs of ADHD often show up between the ages of three and six,” says Dr. Gorman, “but diagnosis is difficult at that age. Children mature at different rates and delays in language development, for example, may cause frustration that looks like ADHD. Also, other medical and psychological conditions, learning disabilities or major life changes might cause behaviors that mimic ADHD. By around age seven, a qualified professional can generally confirm or rule out a diagnosis.” While there is no single test that definitely identifies ADHD, a clinical psychologist or other specialist will examine a combination of factors to formulate a diagnosis – a complete medical history and exam, interviews or questionnaires for parents, teachers and others who interact regularly with the child, and possibly an ADHD rating scale that helps collect and evaluate information.

Tips for parents: Signs and symptoms

The child who is inattentive…seems not to be paying attention even when spoken to directly, makes careless mistakes, loses things, has difficulty completing a task, is easily distracted, has trouble following instructions and staying organized, is forgetful.

The child who is hyperactive…runs around at inappropriate times, fidgets and squirms when forced to sit, seems to be in constant motion, talks nonstop, has trouble with quiet tasks, has a volatile temper.

The child who is impulsive…interrupts, blurts out answers without waiting to be called on, can’t wait his or her turn, acts without thinking, intrudes on others’ activities, overreacts emotionally.

Tips for parents: When to seek help

“All children will exhibit some of these behaviors once in a while or for short periods,” says Dr. Gorman. “And while most parents don’t want to be alarmist or subject their child to unnecessary examination and testing, it’s important to recognize that if the child does have ADHD, early intervention can forestall problems as he or she matures and is exposed to more complex social and educational situations.” Dr. Gorman suggests the following guidelines for parents considering seeking help:


Are the symptoms consistent across all settings – home, school and play? If the behavior is exhibited in only one environment, chances are something other than ADHD is causing it.
How long have the symptoms been present? A persistent pattern of behavior for six months or more is generally a criterion for a positive diagnosis.
How severe are the symptoms? Are they negatively affecting the child at home, at play or at school? Is he or she falling behind academically? Isolated socially? The impact on a child’s life is the most important consideration in seeking an evaluation.

“There is no cure for ADHD,” says Dr. Gorman. “but it is treatable. The family pediatrician can usually recommend a qualified mental health professional who can perform a complete evaluation and recommend a course of treatment. Often a combination of medication and behavioral management is the most effective way to reduce symptoms and improve functioning. Some children grow out of ADHD and for some, it continues into adulthood. But at any age appropriate treatment and support can enable those with ADHD to reach their full potential.”

Ashley Gorman, PhD., A.B.P.P., specializes in comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations of a wide range of cognitive problems.

Morris Psychological Group, P.A. offers a wide range of therapy and evaluation services to adults, children and adolescents. http://www.morrispsych.com







Willingway Shares Top 10 Holiday Survival Tips for Staying Sober


Statesboro, GA (PRWEB) December 10, 2014

Willingway, a renowned treatment center for alcoholism and drug addiction, has helped patients find the best chance at recovery for more than 45 years. And they know how bittersweet and difficult the holidays can be for people in recovery from addiction. Robbin Mooney, Willingway’s Director of Communications, said, “The holidays are a special time for us at Willingway. We know it can be challenging and we want to offer hope that the holidays can be enjoyable and magical.”

Robbin shared Willingway’s tips to keep healthy, sober, and sane during the season.

1. Increase support – Make sure to attend extra 12-Step meetings and call on your support network.

2. Attend meetings out of town – Make a commitment to attend meetings, even when you are out of town.

3. Arrive early / leave early – If you are invited to a dinner party where they will be serving alcohol, plan to arrive just before dinner so you can miss cocktail hour.

4. Take your own vehicle – This takes the pressure off, so you can leave early if needed.

5. Limit family time – Significant and ongoing family issues can create or exacerbate potential for relapse.

6. Make a “safe party plan” – Plan ahead for how to deal with offers to drink.

7. Create new traditions – Host your own sober holiday party with friends that choose not to drink.

8. You can say no – If you are uncomfortable attending, you can always say “no, thank you.”

9. Reason for the season – Reflect upon the special reason the event is being held in the first place.

10. Be of service to others – Helping the host, hostess, or guests is always a great way to combat the anxiousness of this type of setting.

About Willingway

Since 1971, Willingway, located just outside historic Savannah, GA, has helped more than 20,000 patients recover from alcohol and drug dependency. Willingway’s treatment programs are tailored to the unique needs of each individual patient. The staff includes some of the top addiction medicine physicians in the country.







Willingway Shares Top 10 Holiday Survival Tips for Staying Sober


Statesboro, GA (PRWEB) December 10, 2014

Willingway, a renowned treatment center for alcoholism and drug addiction, has helped patients find the best chance at recovery for more than 45 years. And they know how bittersweet and difficult the holidays can be for people in recovery from addiction. Robbin Mooney, Willingway’s Director of Communications, said, “The holidays are a special time for us at Willingway. We know it can be challenging and we want to offer hope that the holidays can be enjoyable and magical.”

Robbin shared Willingway’s tips to keep healthy, sober, and sane during the season.

1. Increase support – Make sure to attend extra 12-Step meetings and call on your support network.

2. Attend meetings out of town – Make a commitment to attend meetings, even when you are out of town.

3. Arrive early / leave early – If you are invited to a dinner party where they will be serving alcohol, plan to arrive just before dinner so you can miss cocktail hour.

4. Take your own vehicle – This takes the pressure off, so you can leave early if needed.

5. Limit family time – Significant and ongoing family issues can create or exacerbate potential for relapse.

6. Make a “safe party plan” – Plan ahead for how to deal with offers to drink.

7. Create new traditions – Host your own sober holiday party with friends that choose not to drink.

8. You can say no – If you are uncomfortable attending, you can always say “no, thank you.”

9. Reason for the season – Reflect upon the special reason the event is being held in the first place.

10. Be of service to others – Helping the host, hostess, or guests is always a great way to combat the anxiousness of this type of setting.

About Willingway

Since 1971, Willingway, located just outside historic Savannah, GA, has helped more than 20,000 patients recover from alcohol and drug dependency. Willingway’s treatment programs are tailored to the unique needs of each individual patient. The staff includes some of the top addiction medicine physicians in the country.







Willingway Shares Top 10 Holiday Survival Tips for Staying Sober


Statesboro, GA (PRWEB) December 10, 2014

Willingway, a renowned treatment center for alcoholism and drug addiction, has helped patients find the best chance at recovery for more than 45 years. And they know how bittersweet and difficult the holidays can be for people in recovery from addiction. Robbin Mooney, Willingway’s Director of Communications, said, “The holidays are a special time for us at Willingway. We know it can be challenging and we want to offer hope that the holidays can be enjoyable and magical.”

Robbin shared Willingway’s tips to keep healthy, sober, and sane during the season.

1. Increase support – Make sure to attend extra 12-Step meetings and call on your support network.

2. Attend meetings out of town – Make a commitment to attend meetings, even when you are out of town.

3. Arrive early / leave early – If you are invited to a dinner party where they will be serving alcohol, plan to arrive just before dinner so you can miss cocktail hour.

4. Take your own vehicle – This takes the pressure off, so you can leave early if needed.

5. Limit family time – Significant and ongoing family issues can create or exacerbate potential for relapse.

6. Make a “safe party plan” – Plan ahead for how to deal with offers to drink.

7. Create new traditions – Host your own sober holiday party with friends that choose not to drink.

8. You can say no – If you are uncomfortable attending, you can always say “no, thank you.”

9. Reason for the season – Reflect upon the special reason the event is being held in the first place.

10. Be of service to others – Helping the host, hostess, or guests is always a great way to combat the anxiousness of this type of setting.

About Willingway

Since 1971, Willingway, located just outside historic Savannah, GA, has helped more than 20,000 patients recover from alcohol and drug dependency. Willingway’s treatment programs are tailored to the unique needs of each individual patient. The staff includes some of the top addiction medicine physicians in the country.







Diagnosing ADHD in Children: When Is the Right Time? Psychologist Ashley Gorman of Morris Psychological Group Provides Tips for Parents


Parsippany, NJ (PRWEB) December 16, 2014

Is your child unable to sit still at the dinner table? Daydreaming in class? Having trouble following instructions? Interrupting others and blurting out inappropriate comments? These are all normal behaviors in children. They might also be signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). How do you know? If you have the nagging suspicion that it might be ADHD, when is the right time to have your child tested? “All children exhibit the behaviors that characterize ADHD some of the time,” says ADHD specialist Dr. Ashley Gorman of Morris Psychological Group. “The keys to an accurate diagnosis are the extent of the symptoms and their duration. Are these behaviors interfering with your child’s ability to function at home and at school? How long have they been present?”

ADHD, one of the most common childhood brain disorders, is characterized by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity, which are also hallmarks of normal childhood behavior. Even when the behavior is severe, the diagnosis may be missed. Not all children exhibit all three behaviors and children who are primarily inattentive, for example, are sometimes not flagged for ADHD evaluation because they tend to sit quietly and not be disruptive. The prototypical “off the wall” behavior is more easily identified but the child may be thought to be lacking discipline or simply be “high-spirited.” Conversely, normal childhood behaviors – getting distracted, acting impulsively, or having trouble concentrating – can be mistaken for symptoms of ADHD.

“Signs of ADHD often show up between the ages of three and six,” says Dr. Gorman, “but diagnosis is difficult at that age. Children mature at different rates and delays in language development, for example, may cause frustration that looks like ADHD. Also, other medical and psychological conditions, learning disabilities or major life changes might cause behaviors that mimic ADHD. By around age seven, a qualified professional can generally confirm or rule out a diagnosis.” While there is no single test that definitely identifies ADHD, a clinical psychologist or other specialist will examine a combination of factors to formulate a diagnosis – a complete medical history and exam, interviews or questionnaires for parents, teachers and others who interact regularly with the child, and possibly an ADHD rating scale that helps collect and evaluate information.

Tips for parents: Signs and symptoms

The child who is inattentive…seems not to be paying attention even when spoken to directly, makes careless mistakes, loses things, has difficulty completing a task, is easily distracted, has trouble following instructions and staying organized, is forgetful.

The child who is hyperactive…runs around at inappropriate times, fidgets and squirms when forced to sit, seems to be in constant motion, talks nonstop, has trouble with quiet tasks, has a volatile temper.

The child who is impulsive…interrupts, blurts out answers without waiting to be called on, can’t wait his or her turn, acts without thinking, intrudes on others’ activities, overreacts emotionally.

Tips for parents: When to seek help

“All children will exhibit some of these behaviors once in a while or for short periods,” says Dr. Gorman. “And while most parents don’t want to be alarmist or subject their child to unnecessary examination and testing, it’s important to recognize that if the child does have ADHD, early intervention can forestall problems as he or she matures and is exposed to more complex social and educational situations.” Dr. Gorman suggests the following guidelines for parents considering seeking help:


Are the symptoms consistent across all settings – home, school and play? If the behavior is exhibited in only one environment, chances are something other than ADHD is causing it.
How long have the symptoms been present? A persistent pattern of behavior for six months or more is generally a criterion for a positive diagnosis.
How severe are the symptoms? Are they negatively affecting the child at home, at play or at school? Is he or she falling behind academically? Isolated socially? The impact on a child’s life is the most important consideration in seeking an evaluation.

“There is no cure for ADHD,” says Dr. Gorman. “but it is treatable. The family pediatrician can usually recommend a qualified mental health professional who can perform a complete evaluation and recommend a course of treatment. Often a combination of medication and behavioral management is the most effective way to reduce symptoms and improve functioning. Some children grow out of ADHD and for some, it continues into adulthood. But at any age appropriate treatment and support can enable those with ADHD to reach their full potential.”

Ashley Gorman, PhD., A.B.P.P., specializes in comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations of a wide range of cognitive problems.

Morris Psychological Group, P.A. offers a wide range of therapy and evaluation services to adults, children and adolescents. http://www.morrispsych.com







Diagnosing ADHD in Children: When Is the Right Time? Psychologist Ashley Gorman of Morris Psychological Group Provides Tips for Parents


Parsippany, NJ (PRWEB) December 16, 2014

Is your child unable to sit still at the dinner table? Daydreaming in class? Having trouble following instructions? Interrupting others and blurting out inappropriate comments? These are all normal behaviors in children. They might also be signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). How do you know? If you have the nagging suspicion that it might be ADHD, when is the right time to have your child tested? “All children exhibit the behaviors that characterize ADHD some of the time,” says ADHD specialist Dr. Ashley Gorman of Morris Psychological Group. “The keys to an accurate diagnosis are the extent of the symptoms and their duration. Are these behaviors interfering with your child’s ability to function at home and at school? How long have they been present?”

ADHD, one of the most common childhood brain disorders, is characterized by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity, which are also hallmarks of normal childhood behavior. Even when the behavior is severe, the diagnosis may be missed. Not all children exhibit all three behaviors and children who are primarily inattentive, for example, are sometimes not flagged for ADHD evaluation because they tend to sit quietly and not be disruptive. The prototypical “off the wall” behavior is more easily identified but the child may be thought to be lacking discipline or simply be “high-spirited.” Conversely, normal childhood behaviors – getting distracted, acting impulsively, or having trouble concentrating – can be mistaken for symptoms of ADHD.

“Signs of ADHD often show up between the ages of three and six,” says Dr. Gorman, “but diagnosis is difficult at that age. Children mature at different rates and delays in language development, for example, may cause frustration that looks like ADHD. Also, other medical and psychological conditions, learning disabilities or major life changes might cause behaviors that mimic ADHD. By around age seven, a qualified professional can generally confirm or rule out a diagnosis.” While there is no single test that definitely identifies ADHD, a clinical psychologist or other specialist will examine a combination of factors to formulate a diagnosis – a complete medical history and exam, interviews or questionnaires for parents, teachers and others who interact regularly with the child, and possibly an ADHD rating scale that helps collect and evaluate information.

Tips for parents: Signs and symptoms

The child who is inattentive…seems not to be paying attention even when spoken to directly, makes careless mistakes, loses things, has difficulty completing a task, is easily distracted, has trouble following instructions and staying organized, is forgetful.

The child who is hyperactive…runs around at inappropriate times, fidgets and squirms when forced to sit, seems to be in constant motion, talks nonstop, has trouble with quiet tasks, has a volatile temper.

The child who is impulsive…interrupts, blurts out answers without waiting to be called on, can’t wait his or her turn, acts without thinking, intrudes on others’ activities, overreacts emotionally.

Tips for parents: When to seek help

“All children will exhibit some of these behaviors once in a while or for short periods,” says Dr. Gorman. “And while most parents don’t want to be alarmist or subject their child to unnecessary examination and testing, it’s important to recognize that if the child does have ADHD, early intervention can forestall problems as he or she matures and is exposed to more complex social and educational situations.” Dr. Gorman suggests the following guidelines for parents considering seeking help:


Are the symptoms consistent across all settings – home, school and play? If the behavior is exhibited in only one environment, chances are something other than ADHD is causing it.
How long have the symptoms been present? A persistent pattern of behavior for six months or more is generally a criterion for a positive diagnosis.
How severe are the symptoms? Are they negatively affecting the child at home, at play or at school? Is he or she falling behind academically? Isolated socially? The impact on a child’s life is the most important consideration in seeking an evaluation.

“There is no cure for ADHD,” says Dr. Gorman. “but it is treatable. The family pediatrician can usually recommend a qualified mental health professional who can perform a complete evaluation and recommend a course of treatment. Often a combination of medication and behavioral management is the most effective way to reduce symptoms and improve functioning. Some children grow out of ADHD and for some, it continues into adulthood. But at any age appropriate treatment and support can enable those with ADHD to reach their full potential.”

Ashley Gorman, PhD., A.B.P.P., specializes in comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations of a wide range of cognitive problems.

Morris Psychological Group, P.A. offers a wide range of therapy and evaluation services to adults, children and adolescents. http://www.morrispsych.com







Willingway Shares Top 10 Holiday Survival Tips for Staying Sober


Statesboro, GA (PRWEB) December 10, 2014

Willingway, a renowned treatment center for alcoholism and drug addiction, has helped patients find the best chance at recovery for more than 45 years. And they know how bittersweet and difficult the holidays can be for people in recovery from addiction. Robbin Mooney, Willingway’s Director of Communications, said, “The holidays are a special time for us at Willingway. We know it can be challenging and we want to offer hope that the holidays can be enjoyable and magical.”

Robbin shared Willingway’s tips to keep healthy, sober, and sane during the season.

1. Increase support – Make sure to attend extra 12-Step meetings and call on your support network.

2. Attend meetings out of town – Make a commitment to attend meetings, even when you are out of town.

3. Arrive early / leave early – If you are invited to a dinner party where they will be serving alcohol, plan to arrive just before dinner so you can miss cocktail hour.

4. Take your own vehicle – This takes the pressure off, so you can leave early if needed.

5. Limit family time – Significant and ongoing family issues can create or exacerbate potential for relapse.

6. Make a “safe party plan” – Plan ahead for how to deal with offers to drink.

7. Create new traditions – Host your own sober holiday party with friends that choose not to drink.

8. You can say no – If you are uncomfortable attending, you can always say “no, thank you.”

9. Reason for the season – Reflect upon the special reason the event is being held in the first place.

10. Be of service to others – Helping the host, hostess, or guests is always a great way to combat the anxiousness of this type of setting.

About Willingway

Since 1971, Willingway, located just outside historic Savannah, GA, has helped more than 20,000 patients recover from alcohol and drug dependency. Willingway’s treatment programs are tailored to the unique needs of each individual patient. The staff includes some of the top addiction medicine physicians in the country.







Diagnosing ADHD in Children: When Is the Right Time? Psychologist Ashley Gorman of Morris Psychological Group Provides Tips for Parents


Parsippany, NJ (PRWEB) December 16, 2014

Is your child unable to sit still at the dinner table? Daydreaming in class? Having trouble following instructions? Interrupting others and blurting out inappropriate comments? These are all normal behaviors in children. They might also be signs of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). How do you know? If you have the nagging suspicion that it might be ADHD, when is the right time to have your child tested? “All children exhibit the behaviors that characterize ADHD some of the time,” says ADHD specialist Dr. Ashley Gorman of Morris Psychological Group. “The keys to an accurate diagnosis are the extent of the symptoms and their duration. Are these behaviors interfering with your child’s ability to function at home and at school? How long have they been present?”

ADHD, one of the most common childhood brain disorders, is characterized by inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity, which are also hallmarks of normal childhood behavior. Even when the behavior is severe, the diagnosis may be missed. Not all children exhibit all three behaviors and children who are primarily inattentive, for example, are sometimes not flagged for ADHD evaluation because they tend to sit quietly and not be disruptive. The prototypical “off the wall” behavior is more easily identified but the child may be thought to be lacking discipline or simply be “high-spirited.” Conversely, normal childhood behaviors – getting distracted, acting impulsively, or having trouble concentrating – can be mistaken for symptoms of ADHD.

“Signs of ADHD often show up between the ages of three and six,” says Dr. Gorman, “but diagnosis is difficult at that age. Children mature at different rates and delays in language development, for example, may cause frustration that looks like ADHD. Also, other medical and psychological conditions, learning disabilities or major life changes might cause behaviors that mimic ADHD. By around age seven, a qualified professional can generally confirm or rule out a diagnosis.” While there is no single test that definitely identifies ADHD, a clinical psychologist or other specialist will examine a combination of factors to formulate a diagnosis – a complete medical history and exam, interviews or questionnaires for parents, teachers and others who interact regularly with the child, and possibly an ADHD rating scale that helps collect and evaluate information.

Tips for parents: Signs and symptoms

The child who is inattentive…seems not to be paying attention even when spoken to directly, makes careless mistakes, loses things, has difficulty completing a task, is easily distracted, has trouble following instructions and staying organized, is forgetful.

The child who is hyperactive…runs around at inappropriate times, fidgets and squirms when forced to sit, seems to be in constant motion, talks nonstop, has trouble with quiet tasks, has a volatile temper.

The child who is impulsive…interrupts, blurts out answers without waiting to be called on, can’t wait his or her turn, acts without thinking, intrudes on others’ activities, overreacts emotionally.

Tips for parents: When to seek help

“All children will exhibit some of these behaviors once in a while or for short periods,” says Dr. Gorman. “And while most parents don’t want to be alarmist or subject their child to unnecessary examination and testing, it’s important to recognize that if the child does have ADHD, early intervention can forestall problems as he or she matures and is exposed to more complex social and educational situations.” Dr. Gorman suggests the following guidelines for parents considering seeking help:


Are the symptoms consistent across all settings – home, school and play? If the behavior is exhibited in only one environment, chances are something other than ADHD is causing it.
How long have the symptoms been present? A persistent pattern of behavior for six months or more is generally a criterion for a positive diagnosis.
How severe are the symptoms? Are they negatively affecting the child at home, at play or at school? Is he or she falling behind academically? Isolated socially? The impact on a child’s life is the most important consideration in seeking an evaluation.

“There is no cure for ADHD,” says Dr. Gorman. “but it is treatable. The family pediatrician can usually recommend a qualified mental health professional who can perform a complete evaluation and recommend a course of treatment. Often a combination of medication and behavioral management is the most effective way to reduce symptoms and improve functioning. Some children grow out of ADHD and for some, it continues into adulthood. But at any age appropriate treatment and support can enable those with ADHD to reach their full potential.”

Ashley Gorman, PhD., A.B.P.P., specializes in comprehensive neuropsychological evaluations of a wide range of cognitive problems.

Morris Psychological Group, P.A. offers a wide range of therapy and evaluation services to adults, children and adolescents. http://www.morrispsych.com