Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common mental health disorder that causes ongoing inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. Kingwood Psychiatry in Kingwood and The Woodlands, Texas, is staffed by mental health professionals with extensive experience diagnosing and treating ADHD in children, teenagers, and adults. Call Kingwood Psychiatry today or schedule your ADHD appointment online. Telemedicine appointments are available.
What is ADHD?
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental condition. It affects brain structure and function during early childhood.
The changes in brain structure and function that ADHD causes also affect attention and behavior, which can interfere with learning, professional endeavors, and relationships.
ADHD symptoms start in childhood. It was once thought that people outgrow ADHD. But the brain disorder is a life-long condition that changes over time as you develop new coping skills for managing its symptoms.
Kingwood Psychiatry provides mental health services for ADHD in people of all ages.
What are the symptoms of ADHD?
ADHD symptoms include inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. However, you can have ADHD without experiencing all symptoms.
Inattention is the inability to focus. Though anyone can struggle with inattention from time to time, people with ADHD find that inattentiveness affects their ability to learn, finish tasks on time, and follow instructions.
Hyperactivity is excessive movement when you need to sit still. A person with ADHD can have a hard time sitting in a chair during class or can fidget or tap their feet. They might also feel the need to get up and pace.
In adults with ADHD, hyperactivity makes them restless.
Impulsivity is acting without thinking. In ADHD, these symptoms include blurting out answers, interrupting others during conversations, and having a hard time waiting their turn.
People with ADHD often have a more dominant symptom. For example, they can be more inattentive (inattentive type) or more hyperactive and impulsive (hyperactive/impulsive type). The more dominant symptoms can change over time.
How is ADHD treated?
Kingwood Psychiatry is a full-service practice that provides comprehensive care for ADHD. Treatment can include medication management and psychotherapy.
ADHD medication works by increasing two chemicals in your brain — dopamine and norepinephrine — that improve attention and ease symptoms. Your provider at Kingwood Psychiatry can help find the right medication to manage your or your child’s symptoms.
ADHD psychotherapy focuses on behavior, helping you create routines that improve your ability to manage your daily responsibilities. Among the skills taught is using a calendar to track assignments or anything else that helps you stay organized.
Kingwood Psychiatry also provides recommendations for the school and family to help the child with ADHD thrive.
Call Kingwood Psychiatry today or schedule your in-office or telemedicine ADHD appointment online to get help with ADHD.