ADD/ADHD Specialist

Gregory Haley, MD -  - Psychiatrist

Alianza: Healthy Thinking

Gregory Haley, MD

Psychiatrist located in Scottdale, GA

If you or your child struggle to pay attention, consistently lose things, or can’t seem to follow through on a project, it could be a sign of ADD. If hyperactivity is part of the mix, you could have ADHD. Either way, Dr. Gregory Haley can help. He and the team at Alianza Healthy Thinking have extensive experience working with patients who struggle with ADD/ADHD. If you need a psychiatric evaluation for ADD/ADHD or you’d like to learn more about treatment options, call the office in Scottdale, Georgia or book an appointment online.

ADD/ADHD Q & A

What is ADD/ADHD?

Attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are neurobiological disorders that usually first appear in childhood. In some cases, however, it isn’t diagnosed until adulthood. It can also persist into adulthood.

Studies that produce brain images of patients with ADD/ADHD show dysfunction in part of the brain responsible for attention and sensorimotor function. They also have problems with executive function, which is the brain area responsible for organization and behavior regulation.

People with ADD/ADHD also tend to have low working memory. Since this affects your ability to store information, it causes problems with following instructions and learning.

What are the symptoms of ADD/ADHD?

ADHD is defined by symptoms categorized as inattentiveness, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. Everyone with ADD and ADHD struggles with inattention. The difference between the two is that patients with ADD don’t have the hyperactivity or impulsivity component.

Examples of behaviors associated with each category include:

Inattention

  • Difficulty paying attention, especially to details
  • Easily distracted
  • Doesn’t seem to listen
  • Often loses things
  • Doesn’t follow through on instructions
  • Fails to finish work
  • Hard time organizing activities
  • Avoids tasks that require sustained mental effort

Hyperactivity and impulsivity

  • Always on the go with high energy
  • Very fidgety, taps feet, squirms in seat
  • Doesn’t stay seated when expected
  • Runs when inappropriate
  • Can’t seem to engage in quiet activities
  • Talks excessively
  • Difficulty taking turns
  • Often interrupts

How is ADD/ADHD treated?

Dr. Haley conducts a thorough evaluation to determine whether you have ADD or ADHD. Medication is often the first line of treatment for patients with ADHD because it reduces hyperactivity and impulsivity. As a result, it’s easier to focus and ignore distractions, whether at work, school, or home.

The team at Alianza Healthy Thinking also provides psychotherapy or behavioral therapy, which can be exceptionally beneficial for patients with ADHD, especially teens. The therapy helps patients learn how to change their dysfunctional habits and behaviors so they can be more organized, take turns, or change whatever problem area they face.

Additionally, patients with ADD/ADHD often have other psychological disorders as a result of their social isolation and behavioral struggles. Dr. Haley may recommend therapy to help with issues like depression, anxiety, and family relationships.

If you struggle to pay attention or feel hyperactive, or your child has these symptoms, call Alianza Healthy Thinking or book an appointment online.


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