ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) isn’t just a childhood problem; it can impact your life as an adult, too. If you or your child has symptoms of ADHD, contact psychiatrist Michael Banov, MD, at Psych Atlanta, located in Marietta and Roswell, Georgia. Psych Atlanta provides highly customized treatment and support that helps children and adults learn to manage their ADHD and lead happier, more rewarding lives. Call Psych Atlanta today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.
ADHD Q & A
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD is a condition that’s quite common, and for many years, seen as a childhood disorder rather than affecting adults as well.
Children who have ADHD might be disruptive, as they’re hyperactive and continually run around at home and school. Other times children might be prone to staring out of the window oblivious to a teacher, friend, or parent who’s trying to communicate with them.
In many cases, children who have ADHD continue to encounter problems as they enter adulthood. ADHD symptoms in adults might change somewhat, but don’t disappear and continue to disrupt their life.
ADHD can cause you difficulties that affect your ability to work, study, and maintain relationships. At school, you might have grades that are below what you’re capable of achieving. If you’re working, you might fail to make much progress in your career, or have a succession of unfulfilling jobs.
Interpersonal relationships can be challenging for people who have ADHD, and that includes being parents themselves. Managing a home and other responsibilities can be overwhelming, and it’s common for people who have untreated ADHD to self medicate by turning to substance abuse.
Trying to manage ADHD without any professional treatment or support puts a psychological and physical strain on you that can be emotionally taxing and make life a constant struggle.
A professional diagnosis is essential if you suspect you or your child has ADHD because common symptoms of ADHD can also be a feature of other psychiatric disorders. These symptoms include:
ADHD also occurs alongside other mental health disorders, particularly substance abuse, depression, and anxiety. These disorders need diagnosing and treating if ADHD therapies are to be successful.
Diagnostic testing might involve psychiatric and psychological evaluation and computer testing, such as the Quotient test. Test results aren’t sufficient on their own to confirm a diagnosis of ADHD, so you must visit Psych Atlanta for a professional assessment as well.
Most people with ADHD respond to medications, most typically stimulants. These drugs can be beneficial but aren’t right for everyone, and can cause side effects. If stimulant medication isn’t right for you, there are other prescription medications available.
There are also nonpharmaceutical methods of managing the symptoms of ADHD, including psychotherapies, behavior modification, social and educational support, and lifestyle changes.
To find out more about living a happy, successful life with ADHD, call Psych Atlanta today or book an appointment online.