Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD)

Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD)

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects both children and adults. Characterized by inattention and impulsivity, ADHD can harm your work or school performance and prevent you from reaching your true potential. Our providers at Ohio Psychiatric Services, provide compassionate, comprehensive care for patients with ADHD and their families in a safe, comfortable environment. To schedule a consultation, call the office in Lancaster, Ohio, or book an appointment online today.

What is ADHD?

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurological condition that makes it difficult for you to pay attention or control impulsive behavior. ADHD typically begins in childhood and can continue into adulthood. The condition can lead to difficulty at school or work, low self-esteem, and problems relating to others.

What are the symptoms of ADHD?

You may not realize it, but ADHD has many benefits. If you have ADHD, you may have the ability to focus very well on things that interest you, have a lot of creative energy, a willingness to try new things, and a great sense of humor.

But some ADHD symptoms can prevent you from reaching your full potential and may interfere with your mood and personal relationships. These symptoms fall under two categories — inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity.

Examples of inattention include:

  • Difficulty focusing
  • Problems listening
  • Difficulty following instructions
  • Inability to organize tasks and activities
  • Making careless mistakes at school or work

Examples of hyperactivity/impulsivity include:

  • Inability to sit still, fidgeting, or squirming
  • Frequent interrupting
  • Blurting out answers to questions
  • Trouble waiting your turn
  • Easily angered

Patients diagnosed with ADHD have a higher chance of a co-occurring condition, such as a learning disability, anxiety, oppositional-defiant disorder, and other mood disorders.

How is ADHD treated?

The goal of ADHD treatment is to reduce symptoms that have negative consequences while improving self-esteem and confidence. When addressing ADHD, the team at Ohio Psychiatric Services designs personalized treatment plans to meet the specific needs of the individual patient.

Not everyone with a diagnosis of ADHD requires medication, but some patients benefit significantly from pharmacological treatment. Counseling can help you find self-acceptance and develop behavior modification strategies. It can also address coexisting conditions, such as anxiety or depression. Most of the time, the team designs a combined approach to treatment to help you gain control over the symptoms that prevent you from realizing your full potential.

When left untreated, the negative symptoms of ADHD can have a debilitating effect on the overall quality of life. If you or your child has symptoms of ADHD, do not hesitate to seek help. Treatment can dramatically change school and work performance, self-confidence, and personal relationships.

For the outstanding treatment of ADHD from a highly experienced provider, schedule an evaluation at Ohio Psychiatric Services. Call the office or book an appointment online today.

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