Struggling to focus, listen, or even sit still are more than just minor inconveniences: They can adversely affect many aspects of your life. Lori Jenkins, APN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, knows the importance of having the ability to listen and focus. She provides expert telehealth services at Mind and Body Healthcare for patients throughout Tennessee and Kentucky. If you believe that you or your child may have ADHD, a diagnosis and customized treatment plan can have a profoundly positive effect. For assessment or treatment of ADHD telehealth services, use the convenient online scheduling tool or make an appointment by emailing Mind and Body Healthcare today.
ADHD is an acronym for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. It’s a genetic neurobehavioral disorder that affects 11% of children and continues into adulthood in most cases. Symptoms of ADHD include daydreaming, forgetting or losing things, impulsive behavior, and trouble focusing.
ADD (attention-deficit disorder), and ADHD are sometimes used interchangeably, but since 1994, all forms of attention-deficit disorders are officially categorized as ADHD.
While not all patients exhibit hyperactivity, they’re still classified under one of the three main categories of ADHD. Those three categories are:
Predominantly inattentive cases of ADHD are categorized by patients being easily distracted, struggling to stay on task or following conversations, and trouble organizing.
Patients who are predominantly hyperactive/impulsive may be characterized by fidgeting and talking excessively, struggling to sit still, and restlessness, as well as impulsivity such as interrupting, inability to wait their turn, and speaking at inappropriate times.
In cases of combined presentation, patients have nearly equal symptoms of the first two types.
ADHD can be challenging to diagnose, with symptoms varying between patients. ADHD requires a comprehensive evaluation to determine a diagnosis and rule out other causes.
Diagnosing ADHD requires compiling a careful history and a medical assessment of each patient’s academic, social, and emotional history based on their developmental level. Lori uses ADHD screening questionnaires to assist in the identification of current and past ADHD symptoms.
Lori relies on both behavioral intervention and prescription medication as treatment for ADHD. Many patients can manage their symptoms with either a stimulant or non-stimulant prescription alone, but incorporating behavioral treatment can be an important part of ADHD care.
Psychotherapy, behavioral therapy, and social skills training can assist in mitigating the symptoms of ADHD. These interventions can train you to identify behavior patterns, make better choices, and connect with your peers.
No. It is estimated that about 10 million adults have ADHD. Adults with ADHD may struggle at work or in their family lives with their symptoms. Many adults with this condition have learned to make adjustments, making an accurate diagnosis a challenge.
Adult ADHD may show up by a failure to follow through with tasks or projects, forgetfulness, careless mistakes, and poor organization and time management.
Identifying and treating ADHD in adults or children can allow you or your child to achieve much greater success in your work and home life.
To find out more about ADHD and whether it’s affecting you or someone you love, schedule an appointment with Lori online or email Mind and Body Healthcare today.