Primary Author: Marisa Valentino | Secondary Authors: Molly Christenson NP and Esther Fires NP
What Is ADHD?
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health condition that can cause impulsive behaviors and atypical hyperactivity. According to the American Psychiatric Association, approximately 2.5% of adults and 8.4% of children have ADHD. Anyone can be distracted or experience changes in energy level. Those with ADHD deal with this more often and to a greater extent compared to those without the condition. It can impact their home life, studies, and work.
Symptoms of ADHD
Both children and adults can have ADHD. It’s essential to recognize the symptoms of this condition so you can get proper treatment.
ADHD in Children
An estimated 8.8 percent of Americans aged 3 to 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Symptoms of ADHD in children include;
- Frequent daydreaming
- Difficulty sitting still; often squirming or fidgeting
- Excessive talking
- Often losing things
It’s important to note that it’s common for children to have trouble behaving and focusing from time to time. However, children with ADHD don’t grow out of these behaviors like children without the condition often do. When these symptoms continue, they can cause issues at home, with friendships, and at school.
Often, children diagnosed with ADHD will continue to meet the criteria for the condition into adulthood. However, sometimes an ADHD diagnosis is missed during childhood. Leaving many adults with ADHD unaware that they have it. Symptoms of ADHD in adults include;
- Being easily distracted
- Hyper focusing
- Difficulty with organization
- Experiencing forgetfulness
- Acting impulsively
Causes of ADHD
The exact cause of ADHD is unknown, but research about this is ongoing. Factors that may contribute to the development of ADHD include;
- Having a blood relative, like a sibling or parent, with a mental health disorder.
- Premature birth.
- Maternal drug or alcohol use during pregnancy.
- Exposure to environmental toxins like lead.
ReKlame Health Can Help
Are you struggling with ADHD symptoms? If so, you may be one of the millions of people worldwide with ADHD. Seeking treatment is essential to understanding your mental health condition and improving your quality of life. ReKlame Health is here to support you. We offer effective care and medication management with a culturally diverse clinical team. Take the first step in improving your mental health by booking an appointment with ReKlame Health today.
Diagnoses for ADHD
At ReKlame Health, the ADHD diagnostic process consists of an initial psychiatric evaluation, reviewing a patient’s background, lab testing if medication is indicated, screening questionnaires, and obtaining collateral from previous clinicians/friends or family.
Treatment for ADHD
ADHD treatment options at ReKlame Health include executive functioning therapy, medication management (stimulants and non-stimulants), and holistic options such as improving nutrition, exercise, and sleep habits.