ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity mark this disorder. This ongoing pattern of behavior makes it difficult to perform everyday functions.
ADHD affects both children and adults, but symptoms are always present in childhood even if it goes undiagnosed. ADHD makes it hard to concentrate on tasks and demonstrate appropriate behavior.
Children affected by ADHD may perform poorly at school and struggle with behavior problems. They may get in trouble because they tend to act on impulse and become easily distracted. Many children have problems with:
Adults who have ADHD may have trouble staying in relationships and holding down jobs because their lack of focus makes them perform poorly. They may also have problems with:
Southwestern Medical Associates uses a personalized combination of medical interventions and home therapies to channel behavior.
Medication and therapy are two effective interventions for people with ADHD. Southwestern Medical Associates works with you to see if symptoms improve with stimulant or nonstimulant medication.
Southwestern Medical Associates can also provide tips and techniques to manage symptoms at home. She may refer you to a therapist to work through cognitive, behavioral, and occupational therapy. Life coaching also benefits many people with ADHD by channeling their strengths into their goals.
It’s vital to practice any techniques you learn from Southwestern Medical Associates at home. With practice, stress management and mindfulness techniques help you harness your focus.
Exercising is a great way to burn off the excess energy that contributes to hyperactivity. Physical fitness allows you to channel that energy into productive, health-promoting activity.
At home, school, or work, you should also be mindful about cutting down on distractions. If you or your child struggles with ADHD, minimizing distractions makes it easier to focus. Having the television on in the background or a dozen tabs up on your computer make it far more difficult to finish tasks.
Education and support are also essential for treatment. Building a support team and learning about the disorder make it easier to maintain normal function.
If you or a family member struggle with ADHD, get in touch with Southwestern Medical Associates by phone to schedule an appointment.
Feel free to email us regarding any scheduling or general questions!