Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (often referred to as ADHD) is a common neurological condition that impacts people’s ability to focus and impulse control. The person may also experience hyperactive behavior, which causes difficulties in daily tasks like attending meetings on time or finishing work assignments without neglecting them due to getting distracted.
Although the exact cause of ADHD is unknown, it is believed to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Treatment typically involves a combination of medication, behavioral therapy, and educational interventions. With proper diagnosis and treatment, most people with ADHD are able to lead successful lives.
You may associate ADHD with children who have difficulty in school, but the truth is that ADHD can affect people of all ages.
It is estimated that between 3 and 5% of school-aged children have ADHD. Boys are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD than girls, and the disorder often runs in families. If a parent has ADHD, there is a greater chance that their child will also have the condition. Symptoms must be severe enough to interfere with everyday functioning in order for a diagnosis to be made.
If you have been diagnosed with ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) or you suspect you might have it, there is no need to worry. ADHD is a common condition, and we can help you manage it.
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While the main symptoms of ADHD are typically well-known (e.g., poor concentration, impulsivity, and hyperactivity), the condition can vary significantly from one person to the next. Research suggests that there are three distinct subtypes of ADHD. Our ADHD clinic in San Diego can help if you or your loved ones feel you have the symptoms.
The most commonly diagnosed subtype, the Combined subtype includes impulsive and hyperactive behaviors, distractibility, and inattention (all considered core symptoms with diagnostic criteria for this condition).
People with Inattentive subtype ADHD often have difficulty paying attention or focusing on tasks, and they may be easily distractible. Hyperactivity isn’t typically present when it comes to daily activities but may manifest itself during times of high stress.
People with hyperactive-impulsive type ADHD have symptoms of being constantly active and fidgety. They may have difficulty sitting still or staying quiet. They may also act without thinking first, which can lead to impulsive decisions and accidents.
There are a number of symptoms that can indicate someone has ADHD. While it’s important to note that everyone experiences these symptoms from time to time, people with ADHD will often experience them more frequently or severely. They may also have difficulty regulating their emotions.
Symptoms can include:
Since many of these symptoms overlap with other disorders, it can be difficult to get an accurate diagnosis for ADHD.
There are many different treatments for ADHD, and the best approach depends on the individual. People with ADHD generally respond well to a combination of these approaches.
Your medical team at MHC San Diego will perform a full assessment and create a treatment plan based on your unique symptoms and needs. Some of the factors we consider include the severity of symptoms, age, medical history, overall health, and treatment goals. Your preferences and input are also important.
Some treatment options we use to treat ADHD, in addition to medication, include:
We work with all major insurance companies, including Cigna, Aetna, United Healthcare, and many more. Insurance may even cover the entire cost of treatment. If you don’t have insurance, give us a call anyway. We may be able to help as your primary care providers.
The first step on a path to a more focused life is to give us a call. Our compassionate admissions staff will listen to your concerns and connect you with the right specialist to help you develop coping skills for your ADHD symptoms.
When you meet with your therapist, they will take the time to know you and give you an accurate diagnosis. Symptoms of ADHD may be similar to other conditions, or you may have a dual diagnosis. We work to make sure we understand your unique needs so we can tailor the perfect plan for you.
Once you begin treatment, you will discuss treatment options and learn how to manage your symptoms to improve relationships, perform better at work, and live an overall more focused life. We are committed to providing the best care for your needs.
Your diagnosis may seem intimidating at first, but we have very successful treatment options for ADHD. We’re confident that we will be able to develop a plan that fits seamlessly into your life and helps you take back control of your life.