At Molina Psychiatric Associates, located in the heart of Southlake, Texas, our mission is to provide comprehensive mental health care to our community. We understand that mental health conditions can affect anyone, and today, we want to shed light on one such condition: Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). If you or a loved one is showing symptoms of ADHD, we are here to explain what ADHD is, and the various treatment options available.
What is ADHD?
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects individuals’ ability to pay attention, control impulsive behaviors, and manage their energy levels. It often manifests in childhood and can persist into adolescence and adulthood. While the exact cause of ADHD is not known, it is believed to be the result of a combination of genetic, environmental, and neurological factors.
ADHD Symptoms in Children
Children with ADHD may have difficulty focusing on tasks, following instructions, and completing schoolwork or chores. They often make careless mistakes and struggle with organization.
Hyperactive children are restlessly active, unable to sit still, and may talk excessively. They may also interrupt others during conversations or games.
Impulsive behavior includes acting without thinking, interrupting others, and taking risks without considering the consequences. Children with ADHD may have difficulty waiting their turn and may blurt out answers in class.
Difficulty with Time Management
Children may struggle with managing their time effectively, leading to late assignments, missed appointments, and difficulty in adhering to routines.
ADHD Symptoms in Adults
ADHD often continues into adulthood, though the symptoms may manifest differently. No matter the age you experience you may be experiencing these symptoms, we are here to aid in your treatment.
Adults with ADHD may have cluttered workspaces and homes and frequently misplace or forget items. They may struggle with time management and meeting deadlines.
Difficulty maintaining focus on tasks, reading, or conversations can lead to poor work or academic performance.
Impulsive behavior may manifest as impulsive spending, excessive risk-taking, or difficulties in maintaining stable relationships due to emotional impulsiveness.
Adults with ADHD may frequently procrastinate, leading to increased stress and frustration.
Effective treatment for ADHD typically involves a combination of strategies tailored to the individual’s needs. At Molina Psychiatric Associates, we offer various evidence-based treatment options, which may include medication management and appointments with our doctors.
Behavioral interventions, such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and psychoeducation, can help individuals develop coping strategies to manage their symptoms and improve their organizational and time-management skills.
Medications, such as stimulants (e.g., methylphenidate or amphetamines) or non-stimulants (e.g., atomoxetine), may be prescribed to help manage symptoms of ADHD. Our clinicians carefully monitor medication efficacy and side effects to ensure the best possible outcome.
Educating individuals and their families on lifestyle changes, including establishing routines, setting goals, and promoting healthy sleep and nutrition habits, can significantly improve ADHD management.
Support groups and counseling can provide emotional support and a sense of community for individuals and families affected by ADHD.
Call Molina Psychiatric Associates
Understanding ADHD is the first step towards effective management. At Molina Psychiatric Associates, we are committed to providing compassionate, evidence-based care to individuals in Southlake, Texas, and beyond who are dealing with ADHD. If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of ADHD, please reach out to us. Our dedicated team is here to help you navigate this journey towards a brighter and more fulfilling future.