Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is characterized by the inability to pay attention for sustained periods of time as well as the impulse to move around and fidget. ADHD has a strong genetic component that affects the sufferer’s ability to stay focused, remember things, stay organized, and learn from their mistakes. The disorder can manifest in childhood and stretch into the adolescent and adult years.
At Advanced Psychiatry DFW, we are experienced with diagnosing and treating ADHD and other mental disorders. Our staff of caring nurse practitioners specializes in psychiatry and takes the patient’s wishes into consideration when they form a treatment plan. We schedule regular follow-up exams where you have the opportunity to ask questions and share any concerns you have about your medication or dosage.
ADHD Facts and Statistics
ADHD is the most commonly diagnosed mental illness in children. 4.4% of adults in the US have ADHD, but fewer than 20% of them get professional help. 41.3% of adult ADHD cases are considered severe. The disorder affects more men than women; 12.9% of men and 4.9% of women are diagnosed with ADHD in their lifetime.
Adults with ADHD may be chronically late to events, are often disorganized, and could have difficulty sticking to plans and staying gainfully employed. Sometimes they have trouble staying in relationships and may suffer from addiction and low self-esteem.
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What Causes ADHD?
ADHD is a syndrome of the brain caused by the sufferer’s abnormal brain chemistry, brain structure, and the connectivity of their neurons. This comes down mostly to genetics. Individuals have no control over the development of ADHD, but they can learn to manage it effectively with treatment.
Symptoms of ADHD
While ADHD can manifest as extreme hyperactivity in children, its symptoms in adults include:
- Chronic Lateness
- Low Self-Esteem
- Performance Issues at Work
- Trouble Controlling Anger
- Poor Impulse Control
- Substance Abuse or Addiction
- Easily Frustrated
- Chronic Boredom
- Trouble Concentrating when Reading
- Mood Swings
People with ADHD might seem like they’re not really listening when you speak to them. They could have trouble waiting in long lines without feeling restless or irritable. Sometimes it seems as though they are unable to entertain or occupy themselves. Again, the individual has no control over these symptoms. ADHD is not a character flaw; it is a real illness that requires medical intervention.
Treatments for ADHD
ADHD is treated with a combination of medication, therapy, and skills training. As psychiatric nurse practitioners, the team at Advanced Psychiatry DFW has years of experiencing managing the medical side of ADHD treatment.
Some of the most commonly used medications are central nervous system stimulants. They increase the amount of dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain, which improve the patient’s ability to stay focused. Nonstimulant medications are also available for patients who experience side effects from the stimulants.
Our team will monitor your progress on the prescribed medications and adjust the dose or try a different medicine if needed. The goal is to have you feeling like yourself, only more focused and organized. We can also recommend counselors and therapists who specialize in the treatment of ADHD.
Advanced Psychiatric DFW: Your Source for ADHD Treatment
If you think you might be suffering from ADHD, or if you have a loved one who is, please call us right away. You can also use our online form to schedule an evaluation. Once we’ve learned more about you and made a diagnosis, we can begin treatment immediately. You don’t need to suffer through ADHD alone. We understand the challenges it brings, and we will help you take back control of your life.
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Advanced Psychiatry, P.L.L.C
2485 E. Southlake Blvd., Suite 100, Southlake, Texas 76092
Monday-Thursday from 7am - 5pm and closed on Fridays.