Around 8.4% of children and 2.5% of adults have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) — and many don’t know it. Fortunately, Ankur Bindal, MD, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD at KMG Psychiatry. in San Diego and National City, California. The psychiatry practice uses a combination of therapy and medication to help ADHD patients stay focused and regain control of their lives. To schedule an appointment within a week, call KMG Psychiatry or book online today.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common mental disorder that affects children and adults of all ages. While ADHD is typically diagnosed during childhood, many adults struggle with undiagnosed ADHD for years before seeking help.
Characterized by scattered focus, hyperactivity, impulsivity, and more, ADHD affects the prefrontal cortex of the brain — the area responsible for planning and decision-making.
Your ADHD symptoms can vary depending on your age, sex, and the type of ADHD you have. There are three main types of ADHD: inattentive type, hyperactive/impulsive type, and the combined type.
You may have inattentive ADHD if you experience one or more of the following symptoms for more than five months (or six months if you’re under the age of 17):
If you experience one or more of the following symptoms for more than five months (or six if you’re under the age of 17), you may have hyperactive/impulsive ADHD:
Any combination of the above inattentive and hyperactive/impulsive symptoms is considered combined ADHD.
It’s important to note that ADHD symptoms often go unnoticed in girls, as they’re less likely to be noticeably hyperactive. Instead, many girls seem more “zoned out” or often daydream in class or at work.
After confirming your diagnosis,KMG Psychiatry creates an individualized ADHD treatment plan that targets your unique symptoms, using a combination of the following treatments:
Some of the most common medications to treat ADHD in adults and children are central nervous system stimulants like Adderall®, Desoxyn®, and Ritalin®. Other non-stimulant medications include Strattera® and Pamelor®.
Behavior therapy can help you or your child change the way you respond to certain situations, tasks, and responsibilities. While there are many ways to conduct behavior therapy, one of the most common in children with ADHD is to implement a reward system for positive behavior and completed tasks.
Psychotherapy gives you or your child the opportunity to open up about coping with ADHD. This type of therapy is especially effective at changing behavior patterns toward adults and authority figures.
ADHD often affects your ability to form meaningful, long-lasting friendships. Social skills training can help you or your child play and work better with others. It can also help you learn to respond to certain situations with more appropriate behaviors, such as waiting for your turn and asking for help.
Without a proper diagnosis and treatment plan, ADHD can negatively impact your ability to enjoy school, hold a steady job, and form long-term relationships with others. To schedule an appointment within a week, call KMG Psychiatry. or book a visit online today.