Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, better known as ADHD, is a condition that causes problems with a person's ability to concentrate, get organized, and stay focused. It may also cause people to be unable to exercise proper inhibition at times. ADHD occurs in both children and adults. Many adults who suffer from ADHD are not aware that they have it.
People with ADHD may have issues with waking up, getting ready for the day, organizing their day, arriving at work or school on time, keeping up with items like car keys, and being productive while at work or school. Behaviors may sometimes be unusually impulsive in people who suffer from ADHD. People who suffer from ADHD may tend to have problems with waiting patiently in lines, allowing others to speak, and processing instructions. Every case of ADHD can be as unique as the person who suffers from it, so it is especially important to have a doctor who has expertise in this area to help with treatment.
There are several types of therapies that a board-certified psychiatrist can offer to help with ADHD. Behavior modification is a non-medication option that teaches the patient to organize, prioritize, and get more control over the tasks that they deal with each day. Psychotherapy is another non-medication option. This includes options like cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy that are tailored for ADHD patients and will help greatly reduce the symptom burden. Medication is also an option for ADHD treatment. This includes both non-stimulant drugs and stimulants. Extended release stimulants are the first line of treatment since they are highly effective for as much as 70 to 80 percent of ADHD patients.
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