Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common mental health conditions in children and adults. At MRSC Solutions in Royal Palm, Florida, psychiatric specialist and nurse practitioner Rachel Christian, ARNP, PMHNP, diagnoses, and treats ADHD to help patients manage their symptoms and enhance their quality of life. Call the mental health clinic today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that causes hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsivity. The condition affects everybody differently. Some people feel easily distracted, while others struggle to sit still. While commonly diagnosed during childhood, ADHD can also affect adults. Symptoms can make functioning well at work, school, or home difficult.
The mental health professionals at MRSC Solutions provide comprehensive care for ADHD. Your experienced provider can diagnose your condition and help you manage symptoms interfering with your quality of life.
There are three main types of ADHD:
Individuals with inattentive ADHD often have difficulty paying attention to details, staying on task, and organizing tasks or activities.
The least common type of ADHD, the hyperactive-impulsive type, causes fidgeting, restlessness, excessive talking, interrupting others, difficulty waiting for one's turn, and engaging in risky behaviors.
Most people with ADHD have the combined type. Symptoms typically include inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Individuals with this type of ADHD may have difficulty maintaining attention and controlling impulses, such as interrupting others, waiting their turn, and sharing.
Experts don’t yet know the exact cause of ADHD, but they believe the following factors contribute to its development:
Smoking during pregnancy, low birth weight, and premature birth can also increase your risk of having a child with ADHD.
Diagnosing ADHD requires a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation and physical assessment to rule out underlying medical conditions. The mental health professionals at MRSC Solutions review your behaviors and medical history before administering a questionnaire that compares your symptoms to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).
Treating ADHD usually involves a combination of medication and behavioral therapy. Stimulant medications, such as methylphenidate (Ritalin) and amphetamines (Adderall), can help relieve ADHD symptoms, while cognitive behavioral therapy can help identify and change unhelpful thoughts and behaviors.
Many lifestyle modifications can help you manage ADHD symptoms, including:
Your provider may also recommend support groups and other forms of counseling to manage your symptoms.
Call MRSC Solutions today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about ADHD.