Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD) are common mental health conditions that cause children and adults to have persistent, debilitating patterns of inattention or hyperactivity, if not both, that interfere with their functioning, ability to learn, and social interactions.
ADHD and ADD cause individuals to become easily distracted or unable to focus for long periods. People with ADHD experience longstanding symptoms that affect their functioning and often also struggle with chronic hyperactivity and impulsive tendencies. A diagnosis of either ADHD or ADD requires a comprehensive evaluation, behavior and symptom rating, and third-party observation. Evaluation by a psychiatrist, child and adolescent psychiatrist, or licensed clinician is recommended for any child who struggles with schoolwork and has behavioral problems.
Frequently Asked Questions
Should my child be treated for ADHD or ADD?
Your child could need to be treated for ADHD or ADD if he or she exhibits certain symptoms, including inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness, or else hyperactivity and impulsiveness despite being able to focus. In particular, children with ADHD tend to interrupt others during conversations, fidget, and ignore details.
What should I expect during treatment for ADHD or ADD?
Behavioral therapy and medication are the standards of treatment for ADHD or ADD. However, it is essential that you receive an accurate diagnosis before exploring those types of treatment and therapy. Individuals diagnosed with ADHD or ADD who receive proper treatment can experience a significant decline in their symptoms, which can result in better grades at school and greater productivity at work.
Will I need to make any changes if a doctor diagnoses my child or me with ADHD or ADD?
Your doctor will be able to tell you whether making certain lifestyle changes can benefit you or your child. Such changes can include adopting a healthier diet, getting plenty of exercise and sleep, and adjusting your home environment to reduce distractions and precipitating factors. If your child is diagnosed with either disorder, then you will also need to continue working with your child’s doctor and therapist to ensure that treatment remains effective.
If you want to learn more about Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and other common psychiatric conditions, then please call Compassion Mental Health Services today or visit our facilities to arrange a confidential mental health consultation.