ADHD, Learning Issues

The cluster of symptoms includes problems with aspects of attention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity.  ADHD is a neurobiological disorder with anatomical and functional impairments in the brain.  Genetics appear to play a significant role in the development of the disorder.  Also, the neurotransmitter dopamine has been shown to be affected.  ADHD may coexist with learning disabilities, conduct problems, mood/anxiety disorders, and substance use disorders.

Diagnostic Criteria: Attention-Deficit (AD)/Hyperactivity Disorder (HD) embodies three main types: Inattentive, Hyperactive-Impulsive, and Combined, with qualifying symptoms from the DSM-IV-TR (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual – 4th Edition).  Typically it is diagnosed by age 7, and continues on through the life span across settings.  The presentation of ADHD is complex and variable.  ADHD can negatively impact a variety of adult milestones including driving, employment, school studies, and interpersonal relationships.

Dr. Aguirre has a master’s degree in special education in addition to a Ph.D. in psychology and extensive experience with children and adults with ADHD symptoms.  Evaluation, testing, history and personal information are used to help diagnose the possible presence and type of ADHD.  Dr. Aguirre provides resources and educational information on various treatments and interventions that may be helpful.  She also will collaborate with your medical doctor should coordination of treatment be necessary.

If you have questions, or if you are interested in scheduling a session, call (562) 277-1337 or email