Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder is a condition that develops due to dysfunction in the brain’s regulation of certain actions and behaviors. ADHD makes it difficult for you to pay attention or stay organized. Controlling impulsive behaviors is also difficult if you have ADHD, and you may experience persistent restlessness and impulsiveness.
ADHD also affects your:
While ADHD is common in children and teenagers, the condition also affects adults. Factors that influence the development of ADHD symptoms include genetics, exposure to environmental toxins, and brain injuries.
You may also be at a higher risk of developing ADHD if your mother smoked or used alcohol or drugs during her pregnancy, or if you had a low birth weight.
If you have ADHD, you may experience an ongoing pattern of behaviors that include:
While these signs may indicate ADHD, they don’t guarantee a diagnosis. Other mental health issues, including anxiety and depression, can mimic the signs of ADHD. It’s important to discuss your symptoms and concerns with Dr. Thampoe to receive an accurate diagnosis.
An ADHD diagnosis is complex. Dr. Thampoe works closely with you to understand your symptoms. She may also recommend comprehensive neuropsychological testing to understand how your brain functions.
If Dr. Thampoe diagnoses you with ADHD, she reviews your medical history to determine an effective treatment plan. ADHD is a lifelong condition with no cure. However, effective treatments can help you manage your symptoms and give you more control over your concentration, motivation, and memory.
Treatments may include a referral for professional talk or behavioral therapy. Dr. Thampoe may also recommend medications, which can be effective at improving your thoughts, behaviors, and strategies for coping with your condition.
If you’re a parent of a child with ADHD, Dr. Thampoe offers guidance and resources for helping your child manage stress and difficulties with school and homework.
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