Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition that causes symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, or both. The general categories of ADHD are:
Primarily hyperactive-impulsive ADHD causes problems like talking nonstop, interrupting others, fidgeting, an inability to sit still, and struggling with self-control.
Primarily inattentive ADHD causes problems like difficulty focusing, being easily distracted, frequent forgetfulness, losing items, careless mistakes, and failure to follow through on projects or tasks.
Combined ADHD includes symptoms of both hyperactive-impulsive and inattentive types. ADHD can be mild, moderate, or severe within any of these types.
ADHD is more common in children, but it can occur in older adolescents and adults, too. The symptoms of ADHD may look different in adults and children.
Boys are at least twice as likely to develop ADHD. And, about 60% of children with ADHD have one or more other mental, emotional, or behavioral disorders like anxiety or depression.
A comprehensive psychiatric assessment is the first step. To diagnose you or your child with ADHD, your Wholehealth PLLC psychiatrist looks for recurring symptoms, developmental delays, impaired daily function, and co-occurring conditions.
If you suspect that you or your child may have ADHD, arrange an assessment promptly. Earlier diagnosis is always better, as it can help to avoid future disruptions at school, work, or within social settings. Because ADHD is not based on clinical symptoms, a computer-based, 30 minute test would be recommended.
Wholehealth PLLC creates personalized ADHD treatment strategies for every person in their care. Treatment commonly involves individual therapy, psychopharmacology (prescribed medication), and other noninvasive methods.
For treatment of childhood ADHD, the Wholehealth PLLC team may recommend a coach who can help to customize learning systems and structures. The team can educate parents about how they can help, such as limiting choices, reducing distractions, and establishing firm routines.
Both child and adult ADHD patients can learn new coping strategies and develop skills to take control of their life and prevent ADHD from causing problems.
When you have ADHD, a good support system is crucial. The Wholehealth PLLC team is here to act as that support while enabling you to manage your condition in the most effective way possible. Call the office or click the provided booking link to make your appointment now.