Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a fairly common disorder that affects a person’s ability to remain focused and control impulsive behaviors. Those with ADHD might find themselves feeling restless and have a near-constant urge to be active and moving.
Although it is frequently diagnosed in children and adolescents, ADHD can continue well into adulthood, along with problems such as inattention, disorganization, and poor impulse control.
At iMind Mental Health and Wellness, we are pleased to offer treatment options for those who struggle with ADHD. Whether you are a parent concerned about your child’s behavior and symptoms, or an adult who feels like this description sounds all too familiar, we are here to help.
Symptoms and signs of ADHD can often be broken into two categories inattentive and hyperactive/impulsive symptoms. Patients may have both types of symptoms or may struggle with one more than the other.
Common symptoms of ADHD can include:
- Being constantly in motion
- Can be forgetful in daily activities or tasks
- Difficulty completing tasks that require focus or attention for long periods
- Easily distracted
- Excessive talking
- Fidgeting, squirming, and not being able to sit still
- Frequently misplacing objects
- Inability to quietly engage in play or hobbies
- Interrupting others when they’re speaking, blurting out answers, finishing other people’s sentences, and not being able to wait for one’s turn to speak
- Seems not to listen well when spoken to directly
- Trouble becoming organized
- Unable to participate in activities leisurely or quietly
Having any or some of these symptoms does not always mean a person has ADHD. Children are especially prone to some of these behaviors naturally and ultimately learn to harness their energy and focus as they grow. An active child doesn’t necessarily equate to one with ADHD, and we are very careful to assess each patient’s full medical and personal history before making a diagnosis. Our diagnosis comes from a multidisciplinary assessment that includes a neuropsychological evaluation as well as other examinations such as physical and symptom assessment.
It is our highest priority to provide thorough and effective care to all our patients, and that starts with treating the person as a whole, not just the symptoms. Treatment options for ADHD may include medication such as stimulants, non-stimulants, and antidepressants, therapy, and stress-management techniques, to name a few.
Non-stimulant medications are often prescribed to help increase concentration and reduce impulsivity while stimulates are provided to help improve performance. We will be sure to go over your medication with you to ensure you understand the risks and benefits and make a decision that is right for your needs and condition.
Common forms of therapy used to help manage ADHD include behavioral therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy. Behavioral therapy helps patients understand certain behaviors and learn to control these symptoms while encouraging positive growth. Cognitive therapy strives to teach patients how to accept and recognize their feelings and thoughts so they can work towards improving concentration and focus to reduce impulsive behavior.
For more information on ADHD and our treatment options or to schedule an appointment, please contact our office.