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ADHD Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions About Adhd

What is an attention deficit disorder? (ADD/ADHD)
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a chronic neurodevelopmental disorder affecting 11 percent of school-age children. Symptoms continue into adulthood in more than three-quarters of cases. ADHD is characterized by developmentally inappropriate levels of inattention, impulsivity and hyperactivity.
What is the difference between ADD and ADHD?

In 1994, the name of the disorder was changed in a way that is confusing for many people. Since that time all forms of attention deficit disorder are officially called “Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder,” regardless of whether the individual has symptoms of hyperactivity or not.

Even though these are the official labels, a lot of professionals and laypeople still use both terms: ADD and ADHD. Some use those terms to designate the old subtypes; others use ADD just as a shorter way to refer to any presentation.

What is executive function?
Executive Function (EF) refers to brain functions that activate, organize, integrate and manage other functions. It enables individuals to account for short and long term consequences of their actions and to plan for those results.

It also allows individuals to make real-time evaluations of their actions and make necessary adjustments if those actions are not achieving the desired result.

How is a diagnosis performed?
There is no single test to diagnose ADHD. Therefore, a comprehensive evaluation is necessary to establish a diagnosis, rule out other causes, and determine the presence or absence of co-existing conditions.

Such an evaluation requires time and effort and should include a careful history and a clinical assessment of the individual’s academic, social, and emotional functioning and developmental level.

Who does ADHD effect?
ADHD doesn’t have a specific type or even age group, it can affect directly. People of all ages could show symptoms of ADHD. Some people live with it their whole lives without realizing it is the cause of some of their struggles.
How are attention deficit disorders treated?

Treating ADHD often requires medical, educational, behavioral and psychological intervention. This comprehensive approach to treatment is sometimes called “multimodal” and, depending on the age of the individual with ADHD, may include the following:

  • parent training
  • medication
  • skills training
  • counseling
  • behavioral therapy
  • educational supports
  • education regarding ADHD
Is medication the only answer?

No. There are various options for treating ADHD and its symptoms including non-medicinal methods.

I’m an adult; doesn’t ADHD only affect children?

No. Approximately 10 million adults have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). About one-third of children with ADHD continue to meet the criteria for an ADHD diagnosis as adults.

In early adulthood, ADHD may be associated with depression, mood or conduct disorders and substance abuse. Adults with ADHD often cope with difficulties at work and in their personal and family lives related to ADHD symptoms.

Many have an inconsistent performance at work or in their careers; have difficulties with day-to-day responsibilities; experience relationship problems; and may have chronic feelings of frustration, guilt or blame.

Can my weight be affected by ADHD?

(Obesity and ADHD)

For adults with ADHD, the challenges of healthy weight management appear to be greater than for those without ADHD. For example, one study sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health found that adults with ADHD are 1.58 times more likely to be overweight and 1.81 times more likely to be obese than adults who do not have ADHD.

Children with ADHD also appear to have higher rates of overweight and obesity than their peers without the disorder. However, whether or not a child’s ADHD is being treated is also an important factor.

Data from the 2003–2004 National Survey of Children’s Health found that children whose ADHD treatment plan did not include medication were approximately one and a half times more likely to be overweight than children who received medication as part of their ADHD treatment.

What other conditions can occur with ADHD?

More than two-thirds of individuals with ADHD have at least one other coexisting condition. The symptoms of ADHD—constant motion and fidgetiness, interrupting and blurting out, difficulty sitting still and need for constant reminders, etc.—may overshadow these other disorders.

But just as untreated ADHD can present challenges in everyday life, other disorders can also cause unnecessary suffering in individuals with ADHD and their families if left untreated. Any disorder can coexist with ADHD, but certain disorders tend to occur more commonly with ADHD.

The most common conditions found in individuals with ADHD are disruptive behavior disorders, mood disorders, anxiety, tics or Tourette Syndrome, learning disorders, sleep disorders, and substance abuse.

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ADHD/ADD TESTING

Are you struggling with follow-through in tasks? You’re distracted easily? Do you desire to get better organized? Are you tired of losing everything like keys, phones or credit cards? Do you feel constantly distracted? If all these sound familiar to you or someone with ADHD symptoms you know, you may benefit from ADHD testing.

The test begins with an interview to learn more about you, your family and medical history, and current concerns you’re experiencing. If your tests illustrate that you have ADHD symptoms, the next step is to develop a treatment plan with your Provider.

The treatment plans come with multiple options to find out what’s best for you.

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We also manage health issues associated with ADHD, such as anxiety, depression, PTSD/trauma, and relationships. We believe in a comprehensive approach to therapy.

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Our Medical staff will work to determine the best course of treatment for each individual.

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