ADHD Treatment in Wylie, TX
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, more commonly known as ADHD, is a brain disorder that can affect people differently. If left untreated, ADHD can cause people to have difficulty concentrating, learning, and performing their job to their full potential.
Pathway Psychiatry provides comprehensive psychiatric care and counseling for adults at our psychiatric clinic. Led by board-certified psychiatrist Dr. Ashley Gardner, we pride ourselves on our ability to offer personalized treatment plans for individuals with conditions such as ADHD. Dr. Gardner provides ADHD evaluations and treatment at our psychiatric clinic in Wylie, TX. Learn more about ADHD and call (214) 997-4459 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Gardner today!
Common Symptoms of ADHD
Inattention and hyperactivity are not symptoms that are exclusive to people with ADHD, but the symptoms tend to be more pronounced in those who are affected. According to an article written by Mayo Clinic about the symptoms of ADHD, some adults that have this disorder may not be aware of it and may have difficulty completing everyday tasks. The signs and symptoms for adults vary in severity from person to person, but some common symptoms of ADHD in adults are:
- Disorganization and problems prioritizing
- Poor time management skills
- Problems focusing on a task
- Trouble multitasking
- Excessive activity or restlessness
- Poor planning
Although ADHD affects everyone differently, the following behaviors are the most commonly observed issues:
ADHD can cause people to have difficulty paying attention. People who are inattentive tend to be disorganized and may give up on tasks easily. Many people with ADHD have a hard time recognizing this as a symptom of ADHD since it is simply normal for them. If you are often finding yourself having difficulty concentrating you may want to consider scheduling a consultation with Dr. Gardner.
Hyperactivity causes people to feel the need to move or fidget, even in situations where it may not be appropriate. If you notice that you are frequently tapping your foot or your fingers, rapidly moving your legs when sitting or simply talk an above-average amount, ADHD may be causing this behavior.
Causes of ADHD
Over the years, there has been a lot of misinformation about the causes of Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder. Researchers used to believe that ADHD could be the result of brain damage, head injuries or even the ingestion of too much refined sugar. All of these theories have been disproved.
Studies have shown that individuals with ADHD have differences in the structure and function of certain areas of the brain compared to those without the disorder. Specifically, research has focused on the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for executive functions such as decision-making, working memory, and attention.
Neurotransmitters such as dopamine and norepinephrine also play a role in ADHD. These chemicals help to regulate communication between neurons in the brain, and disruptions in their levels or activity can lead to symptoms of ADHD. Research has shown that individuals with ADHD have lower levels of dopamine in certain areas of the brain, which can contribute to difficulties with attention, motivation, and reward processing.
There are several options for treating ADHD, the most common ADHD treatment methods that are used for adults, but a combination of both medicine and therapy is used to help adults with ADHD. Medicine is usually the first option because it has the best results, but you also have therapy, and ADHD coach that can show you how to stay on top it. Some ways ADHD can be treated:
- Behavioral Therapy
- Lifestyle Changes
Schedule a ADHD Consultation
No two patients are alike, which is why Dr. Gardner takes an individualized approach to each patient she treats for ADHD. If you have been struggling to focus in school, at work, and at home please call (214) 997-4459.