Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

Overview

"I know exactly what I need to do – I can advise other people what to do – but I cannot follow through on what I know I need to do.”

 

"I have a hard time concentrating on what is going on and am easily distracted by things around me. People think I’m not paying attention and guess what? They’re right!"

 

"I feel like I’ve under-achieved in almost every part of my life: school, work, and even in my relationships. I just know I should have done better!"

 

"I always lose track of time and end up running late for appointments."

 

"My life seems to be an endless cycle of chaos and control. I feel like such an imposter."

 

"It seems I’m always letting people down, whether it’s my boss or my best friend. I say I’m going to do something, and really intend to deliver. But then something happens and I just don’t get finished when said I would."

Do these problems sound familiar for you or someone you know?

We all experience these sorts of aggravations from time to time. However, when these difficulties occur chronically and in a variety of situations, it may be a sign of something more than just a bad day.

Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is currently understood as a chronic neurodevelopmental disorder. Although the “A” and the “H” get the most attention, ADHD is actually a problem related to self-regulation—How efficiently do you do what you set out to do? This core problem is characterized by difficulties planning, organizing, and carrying out behaviors over time toward otherwise feasible and desired goals, particularly if the goals are delayed. 

These difficulties appear as the common problems of recurrent procrastination (despite efforts to change), chronic disorganization, poor time management, impulsivity, and emotionality, which lead to inconsistent work or school performance, and difficulties sustaining healthy relationships, just to name a few.

The challenge, though, is that these sorts of problems may result from other conditions, such as depression or anxiety or other factors. Moreover, depression and anxiety often co-exist with ADHD. Thus, a thorough, comprehensive assessment is needed to determine whether ADHD plays a role. 

If you are experiencing some of these difficulties, the services offered at Penn's Adult ADHD Treatment and Research Program may help.

Important notes:

Our assessment does NOT meet the necessary criteria for students seeking academic accommodations. (See Assessment section)

Our services are out-of-network for all but a few specific Penn employee insurance plans and student plans.


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