Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a psychiatric disorder that can disrupt an individual’s attention, concentration, memory, and behaviors. Learn more about the symptoms and treatment for ADHD.
Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a psychiatric disorder that can disrupt an individual’s attention, concentration, memory, and behaviors. People may also experience hyperactivity and impulsivity. Typically diagnosed in childhood but adults may experience this disorder. Children can progress to adulthood ADHD, where inattention and related symptoms can persist.
Currently, it is estimated to affect 3 to 10% of children and 1 to 6% of adults as a majority of children continue to have symptoms of ADHD into adolescence and adulthood.
The symptoms of ADHD can vary between individuals. It may also be accompanied by other psychiatric disorders (“comorbid conditions”) which untreated ADHD may worsen.
Many parents of children who are more active, perhaps climbing and running in an excessive manner, get complaints from teachers and peers that their child has difficulty playing or engaging in playful or leisure activities tend to seek an evaluation for the child for ADHD. These hyperactive behaviors are more common in boys with ADHD. Girls with ADHD tend to be more reserved and inattentive, easily distracted, and forgetful, which may go unnoticed. This is an explanation for why boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD versus girls.
The symptoms of ADHD can either be predominantly inattention, hyperactivity, or a mixture.
ADHD is a clinical diagnosis. This means that the psychiatrist (or psychologist) makes this diagnosis by taking a thorough history by inquiring about past symptoms, childhood and school experiences, and possibly talking to family members and schoolteachers for additional information. You may be asked to fill out an ADHD questionnaire to better understand your ADHD symptoms.
At PsychiaTreat, we offer a FDA-cleared ADHD assessment called QbTest. This test is designed to accurately measure the core symptoms of ADHD. Please see more details about QbTest in the services tab
If needed, a neuropsychological test may be necessary.
This is to ensure an accurate diagnosis and eliminate the possibility of another disorder or process that is causing the above symptoms.
Other medications that may be helpful include:
Your psychiatrist may also go over several behavioral strategies to improve the symptoms. Examples of these include
Some individuals may require one or several treatment avenues to fully treat the ADHD.