For a person to receive a diagnosis of ADHD, the symptoms of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity must be chronic or long-lasting, impair the person’s functioning, and cause the person to fall behind typical development for their age. Stress, sleep disorders, anxiety, depression, and other physical conditions or illnesses can cause similar symptoms to those of ADHD.
Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a psycho-social intervention that aims to reduce symptoms of various mental health conditions, primarily depression and anxiety disorders. CBT focuses on challenging and changing cognitive disorders (such as thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes) and their associated behaviors to improve emotional regulations and develop personal coping strategies that target solving current problems.
Psychological debriefing is an immediate intervention used following a traumatic experience that purportedly helps individuals manage their normal stress reactions to the incident. Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD) was designed for workers in high-risk occupations, such as police officers, disaster workers, and firefighters.
Psychological diagnostic testing is a procedure used by psychologists that helps diagnose mental illness. It involves a series of assessments called psychological tests.
Psychological diagnostic tests measure the subject's intelligence, cognition, mental abilities, and behavior.
Disability Evaluations for psychiatric conditions must be completed by a specialist with a doctoral degree, such as a psychologist or psychiatrist.
Some of the more common types of evaluations include:
Fitness for Duty Evaluations determine whether a person is suitable to return to their previous employment duties. A clinical interview which includes a medical history review is conducted along with psychological assessments. The doctor will provide a completed report for your records along with a memo to provide to your employer, indicating if you are suitable to return to your assigned duties.
A pre-employment psychological evaluation is a specialized examination to determine whether a public safety applicant meets the minimum requirements for psychological suitability mandated by jurisdictional statutes and regulations, as well as any other criteria established by the hiring agency.
In most jurisdictions, the minimum requirements for psychological suitability are that the applicant be free from any emotional or mental condition that might adversely affect the performance of safety-based duties and responsibilities and be capable of withstanding the psychological demands inherent in the prospective position.
A Trained Service Animal will perform a service relative to the psychiatric or physical condition that the user has with a required prescription.
Fully-trained service dogs may fly in the cabin at no charge if they meet the requirements. A service animal is defined as a dog that’s individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of a qualified individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability, including but not limited to:
An Emotional Support Animal is any animal whose presence can be comforting for a human being. This animal does not require any training, does not perform any services, and does not require a prescription. You could benefit from an ESA if you suffer from a mental health or psychiatric disability including, but not limited to ADD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, chronic stress, and/or learning disorders.
A letter will be issued, if required, upon the completion of your appointment (within 72 business hours). ESA letters will support for any housing/lodging accommodation per government regulations.
As of January 11th, 2021 emotional support animals are no longer recognized by airlines and are treated as regular pets. ESA letters are NOT available for travel via airlines.