Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Children between 3-17 years old are being diagnosed with ADHD; where the boys are most likely to be diagnosed.

6 in 10 children with ADHD have at least one other mental, emotional, or behavioral disorder.

The goals of treating ADHD include parent training in behavior management, behavioral therapy for children, and medications.

ADHD is the most common neurobehavioral disorder present in children and adolescents; and often needs treatment. 

During the past decade, studies have documented high rates of concurrent psychiatric and learning disorders in individuals with ADHD. It is also often associated with disruptive disorder, mood, anxiety, and substance use disorder. 

Symptoms scales are used to assess if someone is experiencing symptoms of ADHD:

  • ADHD Symptom Checklist
  • SNAP-IV Teacher and Parenting Rating Scale
  • Conners Rating Scales- Revised
  • Brown Attention-Deficit Disorder Scales for Children

Diagnosing adults involves careful evaluation for developmentally appropriate criteria from the DSM-V concerning onsets, persistence, and presence of symptoms now. 

Inattentive type ADHD

  • Challenges staying on a task, focusing, and organizing.

Hyperactive/impulsive type ADHD

Excessive movement such as fidgeting, excessive energy, cannot sit still for extended periods of time and is very talkative.

ADHD treatment includes a combination of therapy and medication. If you are having difficulties coping and managing your symptoms, speak with an experienced psychiatrist today. Your psychiatrist would carefully select the right medications for you; along with education on how to cope with certain behavioral aspects of ADHD. 

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