ADHD Specialist Questions and Answers

As common as ADHD/ADD is, it’s not commonly understood and often, it’s undiagnosed. We understand the condition well here at Aroma Functional Nutrition Psychiatry, and we’re also your local provider of ADD and ADHD diagnosis and treatment in Las Vegas, NV. For more information, please call us. We are conveniently offering virtual appointments.

ADHD Specialist Near Me in Las Vegas, NV
ADHD Specialist Near Me in Las Vegas, NV

What is ADHD?

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD, affects millions of children and adults with persistent problems that can include difficulty paying attention, impulsive behaviour and hyperactivity. In some cases, people who are diagnosed as children can outgrow the chronic condition as they age but, in many cases, it will continue with them into adulthood. Both children and adults who have ADHD, whether diagnosed or not, may also experience low self-esteem, poor performance in school and at work and struggle with relationships with their peers. While sometimes the symptoms can fade or lessen in severity as children age into adolescence and then into adulthood, they often carry through the course of their life. There is currently no treatment available to cure ADHD, however symptoms can be managed with coping strategies, medications and behavioural interventions. When caught early on, there is a greater ability to manage and control the symptoms through early intervention and treatment. ADHD is not to be confused with typical behavior in young children who are naturally inattentive and impulsive through the different ages and stages of childhood. ADHD is a medical condition that requires medical intervention and treatment in order to manage symptoms.

What are the symptoms of ADHD?

ADHD is broken down into three different subtypes that help classify the vast array of symptoms, regardless of age:

  • Predominantly inattentive in which the symptoms primarily fall under the bucket of inattention. These symptoms can include failure to be detail oriented, making careless mistakes, trouble with staying focused, appears not to listen, difficulty following instructions, fails to complete schoolwork or chores, trouble with organizing tasks and activities, avoid tasks that require mental effort, loses items required to complete tasks, easily distracted and forgets to do regular daily activities.
  • Predominantly hyperactive or impulsive in which the symptoms fall under the bucket of hyperactivity and impulsiveness. These symptoms include fidgeting with objects, tapping hands and feet, squirming in their seat, difficulty staying in one place, needs to be constantly moving, runs around where not appropriate, and struggles to play or complete an activity quietly. Other symptoms include talking too much, blurting out answers before the question is asked, impatience with waiting for their turn and interrupts conversations, activities or games that they are not a part of.
  • Combined ADHD exhibits a mix of symptoms from both the inattentive and hyperactive/impulsive lists of symptoms.

What are the causes of ADHD?

Research into the causes of ADHD are ongoing as there is currently no clear, exact cause of the condition. However, there are factors that have been identified that appear to be linked to the development of ADHD in some people. These risk factors can include a close blood relative who either has ADHD or a different mental health disorder, such as a parent or sibling, environmental toxins that the individual has been exposed to such as lead that can be found in building materials in older buildings, premature birth and the mother’s consumption of drugs, alcohol or smoking during pregnancy. Other factors often get blamed for causing ADHD in kids but so far none of them have been proven to be associated with the condition. Adults who are affected by ADHD may have been diagnosed as children and carried the symptoms through to adulthood, or may have gone undiagnosed through their childhood, with their symptoms chalked up to being an inattentive or fidgety kid.

How is ADHD treated?

ADHD can be treated in many different ways, depending on the type of condition the child or adult has, the severity of it and how well they respond to different treatments and therapies. Stimulant drugs are currently one of the most common medications prescribed for ADHD as they work to balance the neurotransmitters in the brain. This can help to improve some of the symptoms of hyperactivity and inattention, although sometimes only for a short period of time. These can be taken as oral medications in the form of amphetamines or methylphenidates. Methylphenidate is also available as a long-acting patch that can be applied to the hip. Additional medications that can be prescribed can include atomoxetine, antidepressants, clonidine and guanfacine. Determining the right dosage for any medication can take time as each case is different and requires a different treatment plan. Dosage will also need to be adjusted through the course of a person’s life as their symptoms can shift, and the medication requires adjustment based on the body’s natural changes as it ages. Diet and lifestyle can also be used to help manage symptoms by avoiding certain foods that may trigger symptoms and providing both kids and adults with an outlet for their energy. An ADHD treatment plan is often about more than just medication, it will include strategies to help people learn how to cope with their symptoms. Talk to Dr Tiffany and our team of healthcare professionals today at Aroma Functional Nutrition Psychiatry Services. We offer treatment for ADHD, and we care about your family’s health. We serve patients from Las Vegas NV, Henderson NV, Summerlin NV, Boulder City NV, Mount Charleston NV, Indian Springs NV, and Mesquite NV. Looking forward to serve you!

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