Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects 11% of children, and continues to make life challenging for 8% of teens and adults. Our providers at Ease Psychiatry help people of all ages overcome ADHD and build a satisfying life. The team offers comprehensive care, including diagnostic testing, individualized therapy, and medication. If your child has trouble focusing in school or seems easily distracted, call the office in Duncanville, Texas, Vancouver, Washington and Dike, Iowa or use the online booking feature to request an in-person or telemedicine appointment today.

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What is ADHD?

ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder, a type of disorder that arises from differences in the way the brain functions. These brain changes affect your child’s ability to concentrate and regulate their behaviors.

All children occasionally feel hyperactive or have a hard time paying attention. However, if your child has ADHD, these problems occur frequently, and they’re severe enough to interfere with their school achievement and ability to socialize. ADHD also disrupts home life.

Though children with mild to moderate cases of ADHD are usually diagnosed around the age of 6-7, some go undiagnosed until their teen or adult years. For at least one-third of children, the challenges of ADHD continue throughout adulthood.

What symptoms occur due to ADHD?

Children and adults can have three types of ADHD: predominantly inattentive, predominantly hyperactive-impulsive, or combined. If you have combined ADHD, you have symptoms from both categories.

Inattentive ADHD causes symptoms such as:

  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Not noticing details
  • Being easily distracted
  • Making reckless mistakes
  • Not following directions
  • Struggling to finish tasks
  • Forgetting to do chores
  • Finding it hard to get organized
  • Avoiding tasks that require concentration

Many people with inattentive symptoms get distracted by noises in the environment and often seem lost in their own thoughts.

Hyperactive-impulsive ADHD causes symptoms such as:

  • Being fidgety or unable to sit still
  • Leaving their seat during a lesson
  • Not waiting to take their turn
  • Being constantly active
  • Talking too much
  • Interrupting others
  • Being unable to engage in quiet activities
  • Making sudden decisions

Most people with ADHD have a hard time controlling their impulses and emotions. As a result, they may become angry or have uncontrollable outbursts.

How is ADHD diagnosed and treated?

Your provider learns about your child’s behavior and performs standard testing to diagnose ADHD. Then they develop a customized treatment plan that may include:

Therapy

Talk therapy can help children (and adults) develop new skills to manage the challenges caused by ADHD. For example, therapy can focus on improving socialization skills, ways to manage anger, and tips for organizing time, schoolwork, and activities.

Medication

ADHD treatment often includes stimulant medications. Stimulants boost the brain chemicals needed to improve attention and regulate behaviors. If you or your child can’t tolerate stimulants, your provider may adjust the dose or prescribe nonstimulant medications.

If you or your child struggle with ADHD, call Ease Psychiatry or book an appointment online today.