Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) requires a balanced treatment approach, often responding best to a combination of medication and psychotherapy. At Adelpha Psychiatric Group, the outstanding team of talented mental health specialists has unique clinical skills and extensive experience in diagnosing and treating ADHD. Call the office in Encino or Pasadena, California, for an ADHD consultation, or request your appointment online today.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a condition that causes difficulty with paying attention (inattention), hyperactivity, and impulsivity. The disorder is more common in children but affects many adults as well.
Hyperactivity is one possible symptom of ADHD. Some types of hyperactivity and impulsivity that can indicate ADHD are:
Some children with ADHD show symptoms of only hyperactivity and impulsivity (which are grouped together for diagnostic purposes), while others display symptoms of inattention like:
Many kids with ADHD have combined presentation ADHD, which displays both types of symptoms.
Adults with ADHD have many of the same problems as kids with the disorder but are more skilled at masking their inattentive symptoms.
The hyperactivity and impulsivity side of ADHD looks different in adults too. Instead of constantly jumping, climbing, and running around, an adult is more likely to exhibit impulsive behaviors like excessive spending and risk-taking.
The cause of ADHD isn’t known. Genetics likely play a role, but no specific genes have been identified. Brain studies have shown the specific parts of the brain affected by ADHD. Some studies indicate that the ADHD brain might develop and function differently.
Treatment approaches depend on the individual. Combining medication management and psychotherapy is typically the first-line approach for ADHD.
ADHD treatment improves your ability to function in all aspects of your life while relieving your intrusive symptoms. Adelpha Psychiatric Group provides medication management and psychotherapy in one place (from the same provider if you wish).
If your child has ADHD, the team can also help you coordinate with your child’s school to make necessary changes in the classroom. Family therapy might be needed to help your family better understand and cope with your child’s ADHD.
Call Adelpha Psychiatric Group now or request your appointment online to learn more about ADHD and its treatment.