Signs of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) does NOT always mean “hyperactivity”… it could also refer to difficulties paying attention, chronic procrastination, and/or problematic impulsivity.  Some things to monitor…

• being fidgety

• unfinished tasks

• appearing to not listen

Since all children exhibit such behaviors at some time or another, how do you know if they are age-appropriate or ADHD?  If these behaviors are problematic, some sort of intervention is needed.  Of course, avoiding medications is great, as long as behavioral interventions (by parents and teachers) are working well… but if those aren’t effective, consider seeking an evaluation with a psychiatrist who does both therapy and medication management (just in case a medication is recommended).

If your child is diagnosed with ADHD, review all treatment options… perhaps it’s fine-tuning behavioral strategies, or treating overwhelming anxiety or social issues, or even making educational changes for a child who is not being challenged enough intellectually.

If not properly addressed, ADHD can affect your child’s relationships as well as affecting educational success, and lead to lifelong self-esteem issues.  Early intervention is crucial.

Louis Taylor, DO
Integral Care, PLLC
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Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

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How do I know if my child has ADHD?  The hallmarks of ADHD include problematic hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention… but not necessarily all three.  The key word here is “problematic”, and occurring in multiple settings (such as home, school, social situations, etc…).  Frequently, families first start wondering about ADHD when teachers raise concerns about a child’s problematic hyperactivity, impulsivity, or inattention… but sometimes the warning signs are more social in nature, such as difficulties with “fitting in”.

I find that the most serious problem related to ADHD is poor self-esteem, which can occur after years of social rejection or being constantly singled-out from peers and being repeatedly told to sit still, be quiet, and pay attention; those with ADHD are often mislabeled as being lazy, irresponsible, or uncooperative… which is why early detection and intervention is so important!

Even though most of the ADHD patients I see are extremely intelligent, they may not do as well as their peers in standardized educational situations when untreated.  Treatment is aimed at helping them adapt their learning skills and behaviors to their situations; the goal is not to change a child, but to allow them to successfully concentrate and be able to “stop and think” before speaking or impulsively acting out.

ADHD is a treatable medical condition.  In addition to having both genetic and environmental factors, ADHD is partially the result of a chemical imbalance in the brain.  Treatment recommendations usually involve therapy and educational interventions, and may also include the use of medication.  As with all medical conditions, ADHD can only be diagnosed by a qualified medical professional.

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Louis Taylor, DO

Psychiatry (Child, Adolescent, Adult)

Therapy & Medication Management

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ADHD – Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder – Into Adulthood

Many people think of rowdy kids who can’t sit still when they think of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD. But the fact is, symptoms of ADHD can linger into adulthood. In fact, many adults with ADHD don’t realize that many of the problems they face, including staying organized or being on time, are symptoms of adult ADHD. 

No. 1: Difficulty Getting Organized

No. 2: Reckless Driving and Traffic Accidents

No. 3: Marital Difficulties

No. 4: Extreme Distractibility

No. 5: Poor Listening Skills

No. 6: Restlessness, Difficulty Relaxing

No. 7: Difficulty Starting a Task

No. 8: Chronic Lateness

No. 9: Angry Outbursts

No. 10: Prioritizing Issues 

Only a qualified health professional can make an accurate diagnosis of child & adult ADHD, I recommend to consult a medical professional about your symptoms. 

Since many different conditions can cause child & adult ADHD, after talking with a qualified health professional, you or your loved one is diagnosed with adult attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, you’ll need to work together with your doctor to design the best treatment plan.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Louis Taylor, DO

Psychiatry (Child, Adolescent, Adult)

Therapy & Medication Management

www.DoctorTaylor.org

 

 

What to do About ADHD (Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)?

Contributed By Louis Taylor, D.O.

There is no one-size-fits-all treatment for ADHD since ADHD can result in:

• self-esteem issues,

• impaired academic achievement, and

• problems with relationships.

Medications may or may not be needed, and this also rings true for individual therapy; sometimes both medication AND individual therapy are needed.  I believe that shared decision-making (SDM) is important; basically, the treatment plan should take into account the particular goals and preferences of the family, and NOT just be a unilateral decision of the physician.  Speak openly with your psychiatrist about your treatment goals; results are maximized when the treatment involves a team.

Louis Taylor,  D.O.
www.DoctorTaylor.org
Child and Adolescent Psychiatry  -  Adult Psychiatry  

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