Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, also called ADHD, is frequently diagnosed in children but can also affect adults. Regardless of the patient’s age, ADHD treatment can help lessen symptoms, improve the ability to focus on essential tasks, and improve day-to-day living. Michelle Zyla, APRN, PMHNP-BC, has extensive experience in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD. Contact Minds In Balance Psychiatry in Peoria, Arizona, to schedule an appointment or request one online. Telehealth services are also available.

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What is ADHD?

ADHD is a chronic condition that usually begins in childhood and continues to affect the patient for many years. This condition can make it difficult for the patient to concentrate or sit still, affecting performance in school or work, and can contribute to behavioral problems.

What causes ADHD?

ADHD can occur from a combination of factors, including genetic traits, environmental exposures, and problems with the development of the central nervous system. You may be more likely to have ADHD if:

  • Having a blood relative with the disorder
  • Premature birth
  • Low birth weight
  • Exposure to certain environmental toxins, such as lead
  • Maternal drug use during pregnancy

Research does not support the popularly held views that ADHD is caused by eating too much sugar, watching too much television, parenting, or environmental and social factors such as family chaos or poverty.

Of course, many things, including these, might worsen symptoms, especially in certain people. But the evidence is not strong enough to conclude that they are the main causes of ADHD.

What are the symptoms of ADHD?

The most common symptoms of ADHD include:

  • Trouble focusing on a task
  • Difficulty following directions
  • Problems with organization
  • Losing important items
  • Dislike or avoidance of tasks that require focus
  • Trouble waiting for a turn
  • Interrupting people
  • Difficulty remaining still
  • Impulsive behavior
  • Continuous motion

The severity of these symptoms can vary from one patient to the next. Some patients may have only hyperactive or inattentive symptoms, while others may have both.

What treatments are available for ADHD?

One of the most common treatments for ADHD is medication. Your Minds In Balance Psychiatry provider, Michelle, may prescribe a stimulant, such as Ritalin or Concerta (Methylphenidate), among others, to help control and better manage the symptoms of this condition.

All medications have side effects, so it’s important to discuss this issue with Michelle before beginning ADHD treatment.

In addition to taking medication, patients with ADHD can also benefit from behavioral therapy, counseling, and education. Michelle discusses the benefits of each treatment option so you can make the best choice for you or your child.

To learn more about ADHD and to schedule a visit, call Minds In Balance Psychiatry. Or, request an appointment online today, which is fast and easy.