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Frequently Asked Questions About the ADHD Across the Lifespan Program

Scheduling Questions

How long will the assessment be?
Will we see a psychiatrist the same day?

Our initial assessment is about 60 minutes. Most likely, you will NOT meet with a psychiatrist that day (initial assessment day). Psychiatrist appointments are generally scheduled following the completion of the initial assessment, based on the identified needs.

Do both parents need to attend an evaluation
or ongoing appointments?

At the initial evaluation, it is helpful to have all involved adults present to provide input. It is usually not necessary at other appointments. Discuss this with your therapist.

Are there evening hours?

Yes, but these are very popular appointment times. We cannot guarantee consistent evening times. If this is a problem, discuss with your therapist.

Do you provide parking/transportation or child care?

We do not provide parking, transportation or child care at our facility.

How long are appointments?

Initial appointments and first medication appointments are about 60 minutes. Therapy sessions are around 45 minutes and medication appointments are 30 minutes. This can vary depending on your needs.

Can I get doctor and therapist appointments
scheduled together?

We will do our best to accommodate this request.

How many doctors and clinicians are available?

We have several physicians and masters-level clinicians in the program.


Program Questions

Can I see just a psychiatrist for medication?

No, we require that you meet with a therapist every time you meet with the psychiatrist. Usually, individuals meet with the therapist more frequently.

Do I have to take medication?

No, medication is not a requirement of this program. However, therapy is a requirement.

Can you treat multiple siblings?

Yes, we are able to treat multiple siblings if they are appropriate for the program.

Can you treat family issues?

We focus on skill-building for organization and attention problems. However, we can touch on family issues related to someone’s ADHD. If the issues become a more pressing, we can help the family to find a family therapy program. .

What happens if I miss an appointment?

If you miss an appointment, you may call to reschedule. However, if you miss two or more appointments, we may refer you to treatment at a different program.

What if I run out of a prescription?
How do I get refills?

Call 412-246-6090 and leave a message on the medication refill line. For routine refills, call at least a week in advance.


Treatment Questions

What happens when I complete the program?
Who will continue my care?

Our team will help you to decide the next steps and find other programs, if needed. Many individuals see their pediatrician, family doctor, or primary care physician (PCP) for medication maintenance.

What if my child receives wraparound services
or has a mobile therapist?
Can we still participate in the program?
Can we be seen for medication management only?

We are happy to work with individuals who also have wraparound services. However, insurance will not pay for multiple therapists.

Do you provide letters of accommodation for
schools or colleges?

We are willing to help individuals get the classroom support they need. Discuss letters of accommodation with the psychiatrist.

My PCP gave me paperwork for my
child’s teacher to fill out.
Do I also need to fill out your teacher paperwork?

Yes, we need you to have our program scales completed, even if you have other paperwork. Your documents will be helpful to us but our comprehensive rating scales cover information that general scales can miss.

I would rather not have the school involved
in this process, or have them fill out rating
scales for my child. Is this necessary?

Yes, it is fine for you to limit information shared with the school. However, we will need another source of information, such as a baby sitter, coach or adult mentor, to learn the scope of your child’s issues in different settings.

What treatment do you offer for younger children?

We help younger children improve structure and support within the family setting. Please refer to the treatment section for details.

What if I am already in treatment with another
psychiatrist or working with a therapist somewhere else?

Typically, we would ask you to stop working with others while you are in treatment with us. We take over managing medications and therapy. However, if you feel strongly about your current relationships, we will do everything possible to work with you on a solution

What are the contact phone numbers?

Main number: 412-246-6090

If I am seeing another therapist for depression,
can I still be considered for treatment?

Our program designed for short-term, targeted treatment of ADHD only. We encourage you to complete other mental health treatment before considering our program. If you have other diagnoses that are under control, we are happy to discuss the benefits of ADHD treatment with you.

What if my child has several different mental
health issues in addition to ADHD?

We review each case individually and try to match people with the best teams and treatments. If we feel your child would be better served in a program that treats multiple clinical issues, we will help you to find options.

​Contact Us

If you or someone you know may have ADHD, get help today.

Call the ADHD Across the Lifespan Program at
(412) 246-6090 to request an intake packet.

ADHD Across the LifeSpan
6th Floor
100 North Belefield Avenue 
Pittsburgh, PA  15213

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1-888-7-YOUCAN
(1-888-796-8226)

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