Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill

Psychiatry & Psychotherapy located in Chapel Hill, NC

ADD and ADHD can make daily life, schoolwork, and job tasks extremely difficult and may hold your child back from reaching their full potential. With effective psychotherapy and medication management from the experts at Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill, you can find effective solutions to help your child succeed. Located in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the team offers comprehensive testing and evaluation of ADD and ADHD. Schedule an appointment online or call the office now.


What are ADD and ADHD?

Attention-deficit disorder (ADD) and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are brain-based conditions that make concentration and focus difficult. While the exact cause of ADD and ADHD is unknown, there are specific characteristics of each condition that make them different.


ADD — also called inattentive ADHD — presents with more concentration-based issues rather than hyperactivity symptoms. Common signs include:

  • Careless mistakes on schoolwork, work, or other tasks
  • Trouble staying focused on a single task or activity
  • Poor listening skills
  • Difficulty following directions or finishing assignments
  • Forgetfulness
  • Losing things easily, including toys, clothing, books, and tools.



ADHD is divided into hyperactive ADHD and impulsive ADHD types. Hyperactive ADHD presents with:

  • Constant fidgeting and squirming
  • Getting up in class when your child is expected to be seated
  • Running around when it is inappropriate
  • Having difficulty engaging in quiet activities
  • Talking excessively


Impulsive ADHD presents with:

  • Trouble waiting their turn
  • Blurting out answers
  • Interrupting others


Impulsive ADHD symptoms often present before the age of 7 and cause trouble at school, work, or home beyond normal childhood behavior.

Getting a proper diagnosis from the team can make a significant difference in the type of treatment that you or your child receives and the effectiveness of that treatment.

How are ADD and ADHD Diagnosed?

During your consultation, the team asks about daily habits, symptoms that are concerning to you or your child, and if behaviors are worsened by stress, lack of sleep, or hunger. In some cases, daily habits can make a large impact on ADD and ADHD symptoms, so the team pays careful attention to these factors.

The team also provides computer testing online and in person. Testing begins with a simple screening questionnaire before expanding to include more in-depth questions regarding focus, attention to detail, and level of distraction when engaging in certain activities.

Through your consultation and testing, the team determines the correct diagnosis and recommends an appropriate treatment plan and management strategy.

How are ADD and ADHD Treated?

ADD and ADHD treatments are personalized based on the individual’s specific needs and concerns. Treatment involves a combination of medication management and psychotherapy that is adapted based on your or your child’s progress over time.

The team also provides evaluation and letters for schools, universities, and standardized testing accommodations in order to help your child succeed.

Get the help you need for ADD and ADHD from the team at Cognitive Psychiatry of Chapel Hill. Call the office or book your appointment online now.