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, GA and Atlanta, GA or book an appointment online.
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.
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:
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.