ADHD Treatment Programs at Promises

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) commonly affects children and adolescents and can continue into adulthood. People with ADHD generally find it hard to concentrate or pay attention, become easily bored or frustrated with tasks, have difficulty following directions, act impulsively, and are always on the move. These behaviors interfere with the individual’s ability to function at home and at school.

Adults with ADHD may have problems managing time, setting goals, staying organized and maintaining steady employment. They may also have difficulties with self-esteem, impulsivity, anger, mood swings, frustration tolerance, chronic boredom, procrastination and addictions.

The exact causes of ADHD are not known. Several factors are believed to be involved, including heredity, chemical imbalance and changes in the brain. Other factors that may contribute to the development or trigger symptoms of ADHD include poor nutrition, exposure to toxins and a brain disorder or an injury to the brain.

There are no lab tests to determine ADHD. If symptoms are present, a physician will begin by taking a complete medical history and conducting a thorough exam. Blood and other tests may be used to determine if there is a physical disorder or other problem causing the condition. Since certain mental illnesses, such as anxiety and depression, have symptoms similar to ADHD, a thorough psychiatric assessment must be performed in order to accurately diagnose ADHD.

There is no cure for ADHD, although many symptoms that cause distress and interfere with functioning can be controlled. ADHD treatment often includes a combination of various psychological therapies and medication. Psychosocial therapies that may be utilized include behavior modification, neurofeedback, psychotherapy, social skills training and participation in support groups. Research suggests that neurofeedback may enhance ADHD therapy outcomes, particularly among clients with attention deficit disorders and stimulant abuse.

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