Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that often begins in childhood and can persist into adulthood.
ADHD can predominantly cause inattentive issues, making it difficult for people to pay attention or follow instructions. The disorder can also cause impulsivity issues like speaking at inappropriate times or constantly running around.
You or your child may also have a combination of symptoms that interfere with your quality of life.
What are the symptoms of ADHD?
ADHD can affect people in a variety of ways. While young children are active and display impulsive behaviors as a natural part of their development, those with ADHD may not grow out of certain behaviors.
Symptoms of ADHD can include:
Children with ADHD may also engage in risky behaviors impulsively, such as jumping off furniture without thinking of the consequences.
When should I schedule an ADHD consultation?
If left unmanaged, ADHD can affect your child’s ability to be successful in school, at home, and in social situations. In adults, ADHD can impair your ability to earn a living or maintain relationships.
You should schedule a consultation at Mesquite Valley Integrated Health when symptoms of ADHD affect the quality of your life.
While there’s no specific test to confirm ADHD, the team can identify symptoms related to the condition. They can also screen for depression, anxiety, sleep issues, and other side effects ADHD can cause.
Based on your or your child’s symptoms, the team customizes a treatment plan to manage them effectively in the long term.
Treatment for ADHD may include medications that make it easier to pay attention and stay focused. There are also medications to reduce hyperactivity and impulsive behaviors.
Additionally, Mesquite Valley Integrated Health offers cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which teaches you or your child strategies to better manage behaviors.
The team can also provide resources for your child’s teachers, caregivers, and family members to support their academic and social success. Ongoing services, including medication management, are available in-office and through the online telemedicine platform to monitor your or your child’s progress with ADHD medications to ensure they are working well.
Call Mesquite Valley Integrated Health to schedule a diagnostic consultation for ADHD or book an appointment online today.