Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral disorder that typically develops during childhood. If you have ADHD or need an evaluation, the team at IC Health Services Inc. in Pikesville and Frederick, Maryland, can help. The psychiatry practice offers appointments within 24 hours and can get you the medication you need. Call or request an appointment online today.
ADHD is a neurobehavioral disorder that makes it hard for a person to stay focused and control impulsive behaviors. ADHD symptoms usually appear during childhood.
Though it was once believed that children outgrow ADHD, it’s now known that the neurobehavioral disorder continues into adulthood. However, symptoms may change as you get older.
Instead of having trouble sitting still, adults may have a harder time staying organized, following directions, or paying attention during a work meeting.
There are three types of ADHD. Your most dominant symptoms determine your ADHD type.
Types of ADHD include:
With predominantly inattentive ADHD, you may find yourself easily distracted and have a hard time following instructions and conversations. You may also forget to do tasks that are part of your daily routine.
Difficulty sitting still, talking out of turn, and feeling restless are common symptoms of predominantly hyperactive-impulsive ADHD.
If you have both inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive symptoms, then you have combined ADHD.
Because symptoms tend to change over time, your ADHD type may also change.
To diagnose ADHD, the team at IC Health Services uses their knowledge and experience of treating individuals with ADHD to identify common signs and symptoms. There’s no specific test for ADHD, so your provider needs to observe you, discuss the challenges you face each day, and talk to you about how you feel.
Your family and medical histories are also important in making a diagnosis.
The primary treatment for ADHD is a combination of behavioral therapy and medication. The types of medications prescribed for people with ADHD include:
Stimulants are the primary treatment for ADHD. These medications work by increasing dopamine levels in the brain, which improves thinking and attention. They have an immediate effect.
Stimulant medications for ADHD are classified as Schedule II drugs by the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and require monthly prescriptions for refills.
Non-stimulant medication also improves thinking and attention in people with ADHD. However, these medications can take up to a month to work. Non-stimulant medications don’t require monthly prescriptions.
Antidepressants may be prescribed for adults with ADHD who also suffer from symptoms of depression.
To schedule your ADHD appointment, contact IC Health Services Inc. by phone or online today.