If you struggle to stay focused, just can’t seem to get organized, or wonder why you always need to be on the go, you may have attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). At Just Psych, LLC, Sandra Risoldi, DNP, MSN Ed, APRN, PMHNP-BC, works with teens and adults, providing therapy, medication, or a combination of both to help them overcome the daily struggles caused by ADHD. Call the offices in Miami, Orlando and Clearwater, Florida, or book an appointment online today to schedule an in-person or telepsychiatry appointment.
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder arising from the way the brain develops. The changes that occur in the brain affect your ability to pay attention, control behavior, and regulate emotions.
In most cases, ADHD is diagnosed between the ages of 4-7, but sometimes the condition isn’t recognized until adolescence or during adulthood. One-third of all children who have ADHD will continue to struggle with its challenges throughout their lifetime.
There are three types of ADHD — inattentive, hyperactive-impulsive, and combined, which includes symptoms from both types.
Children and adults with inattentive ADHD may:
People with hyperactive-impulsive ADHD may:
Most children and adults with ADHD have problems with their working memory. That type of memory gives you the ability to keep several pieces of information in your head just long enough to use them.
Working memory is the tool needed to pay attention, follow instructions, solve a problem, and plan the next step. For example, you may ask your child to turn off the TV, wash their hands, and set the table. If they can’t keep the information in their head, they may turn off the TV and go play because they don’t remember all of your instructions.
Just Psych, LLC, takes a holistic approach when treating ADHD, using a combination of therapy and medication to improve a person’s individual challenges.
Therapy serves many possible roles in ADHD treatment. During therapy, children and adults can learn to manage behavioral issues, from excessive fidgeting to outbursts of anger. You can use therapy to overcome many issues caused by ADHD, whether you need to learn social skills, manage stress, or get organized.
Stimulant medications balance brain chemicals, helping to improve attention and reduce hyperactivity and impulsivity. However, your provider may prescribe non-stimulant medications if stimulants cause side effects or aren’t effective.
If ADHD makes daily life a struggle for you or your child, call Just Psych, LLC, or book an appointment online today for help from a psychiatric and psychological perspective.}