What Is ADHD?

ADHD, also known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a disorder that’s usually diagnosed in children. It used to be known as ADD. However, this term became outdated due to more research done regarding ADHD.

ADHD has three different types:

  • Inattentive, which was formerly known as ADD
    • Having trouble focusing on a task or ignoring someone that is speaking to you
  • Hyperactive
    • Excessive or impulsive interruptions during activities or conversation
  • Both of these combined, which is referred to as ADHD
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Symptoms of ADHD

Although ADHD may initially be diagnosed in children, adults can also suffer from it as well. Here are some symptoms that adults may experience as a result of ADHD:

  • Having trouble focusing or listening to conversations
  • Hyperfocus, which is complete focus on a task without being aware of your surroundings
  • Time management trouble
  • Being impulsive in conversation
  • Lacking motivation
  • Dealing with fatigue

If you feel that you have been dealing with some of these symptoms, you may have ADHD.

Causes of ADHD

While doctors haven’t found a direct cause linked to ADHD, some potential factors may lead to someone developing ADHD. They are:

  • Suffering from a brain injury as a child
  • Genetic transmission during pregnancy
  • Alcohol and tobacco use while someone is pregnant
  • Gender might also be a factor in developing ADHD
    • Boys are more likely to develop ADHD than girls
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Treating ADHD

The standard treatment for ADHD is a prescription for the drug Adderall. It can improve your focus and attention. It’s also known to reduce some of your impulsive behaviors. However, because users can become dependent on it, there are other treatment options that you can use.

At Interpersonal Psychiatry, we offer a variety of options that will ensure proper treatment of ADHD, such as:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
    • This type of therapy helps you recognize the negative thoughts and emotions you’re having and how they affect your behavior
    • As you learn about how those negative feelings are affecting your daily life, we teach you techniques to help you manage them
  • Conners Testing
    • This is a computerized test where you’re given repetitive stimuli to test your level of focus and block out distractions
    • We will compare your test results with average scores to determine the proper treatment plan for you
  • Genetic Testing
    • We offer GeneSight testing to help you find immediate answers to your problem
    • It will enable us to know the types of medications that will work for you based on your background
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If you feel as if you might have ADHD symptoms or may have been misdiagnosed in the past, contact us today. Let us help you treat your ADHD the right way.

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