Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition that affects millions of children and often continues into adulthood. ADHD includes a combination of such as difficulty sustaining attention, hyperactivity, and impulsive behavior.
Children with ADHD also may struggle with low self-esteem, troubled relationships, and poor performance in school. Symptoms sometimes lessen with age. However, some patients never completely outgrow their ADHD symptoms. But they can learn coping strategies to be successful.
While treatment won't cure ADHD, it can help a great deal with symptoms. Treatment typically involves medications and behavioral interventions. Early diagnosis and treatment can make a big difference in the outcome. If you're concerned that your child or someone adult loved one, shows signs of ADHD, treatment can be effective.
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) on Attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
1. What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?
ADHD is a condition that interferes with a person's ability to pay attention and exercise age-appropriate inhibition. A person with ADHD is so inattentive or impulsively hyperactive - or both- that daily functioning at home, school, and work is compromised. ADHD usually becomes apparent in children during preschool and early school years.
2. Who has ADHD?
Nearly 3 to 5 % of all American children have ADHD. That is nearly Two million children. While most children are diagnosed with ADHD, adults can also have ADHD. Adult ADHD can show up as difficulty in everyday tasks such as waking up, getting dressed, organized, or being productive.
3. Are there Different types of ADHD?
Yes, there are different types of ADHD. A person can experience ADHD- Hyperactivity- impulsive type; ADHD- Inattentive type; or what most people experience is a combined type.
The Hyperactivity-impulsive type is marked by restlessness, fidgeting, squirming, running, climbing, leaving a seat when sitting is expected, blurting out answers, difficulty waiting in line or taking turns.
Inattention type is marked by ignoring details, making careless mistakes, trouble sustaining attention, trouble listening when directly addressed, does not follow through on instructions, and fails to finish a task.
The combined type is categorized by symptoms of both types, persistent for at least six months.
4. What are the Causes of ADHD?
ADHD is a neurological disorder and research shows that it may be due to alternations in the brain and the way it functions. Studies have conducted research with twins and families that have shown that ADHD is genetic. Other factors can also influence ADHD symptoms.
5. What are ADHD Treatment Options?
There are multiple treatment options available for ADHD. Medication options vary, in addition to behavioral therapy options which can help to increase mindfulness and coping skills to adapt to the challenges that come with ADHD.
At Compassionate Psychiatric Services, we employ a team of highly skilled professionals trained in assessing, diagnosing, and treating ADHD for children and adults.
If you think you or a loved one is struggling with symptoms of ADHD, please give us a call today at 469-200-4093.