Boston Neurobehavioral Associates
Psychiatry & Psychotherapy located in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Illinois
A neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by difficulty with inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity that affects daily life.
ADHD Q & A
What is ADHD?
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a complex disorder that makes it very difficult for you to focus and control impulsive behaviors. While ADHD most commonly affects children, this behavioral condition can continue on through adolescence and even adulthood.
ADHD isn’t well-understood, although current research shows that ADHD may be linked to genetic traits and environmental factors. Other considerations that contribute to ADHD include:
- Tobacco, drug, or alcohol use during pregnancy
- Exposure to toxins, such as high levels of lead
- Brain injuries
ADHD can affect your personal relationships, as well as your school or work performance. Because of these issues, it’s important to understand the signs and symptoms and have an evaluation as soon as possible.
What are the symptoms of ADHD?
ADHD causes a wide variety of signs and symptoms. When you have ADHD, you generally struggle with inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity issues. You may find that you:
- Make careless mistakes
- Are constantly on the go
- Have a hard time staying on task
- Forget daily tasks, such as keeping appointments
- Frequently lose important daily items, like your keys
- Blurt out questions or statements at inappropriate times
While no cure exists for ADHD, the condition is certainly manageable with the help of Boston Neurobehavioral Associates. Your dedicated provider performs a comprehensive evaluation to get to the root of your ADHD symptoms, and you can work together to determine which treatments are going to benefit you the most.
How does a doctor treat ADHD?
Effectively managing and treating ADHD typically requires a combination of therapy and medications. Your provider may recommend stimulants, which increase your levels of a brain chemical called dopamine to give you better focus.
If stimulants aren’t effective or cause unpleasant side effects, you may benefit from nonstimulant medications, such as guanfacine or atomoxetine. In some cases, antidepressants are helpful, too. Antidepressants can increase both dopamine and norepinephrine, which can further improve your ability to pay attention.
No matter which ADHD treatment path is right for you, it’s important to remember that you’re not going to have results overnight. Your provider at Boston Neurobehavioral Associates has you check in regularly. They can make changes to your ADHD treatment plan as needed to help you experience the results you deserve.
Boston Neurobehavioral Associates provides comprehensive care for ADHD. Get more information by booking an evaluation through the website or over the phone today.
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