Revîv Functional Psychiatry & TMS Wellness Center
Psychiatrist located in Fullerton, CA
Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common mental disorders affecting many adults. Symptoms of ADHD include inattention (not being able to keep focus), hyperactivity (excess movement that is not fitting to the setting) and impulsivity (hasty acts that occur in the moment without thought). Many adults struggling with ADHD often feel like they are in an uphill battle unable to perform tasks or accomplish their goals despite their best efforts. If you are struggling with ADHD Dr. Sidhu can you help you manage your symptoms with her expert diagnosis & treatment skills at Revîv Functional Psychiatry & TMS Wellness Center in Fullerton, CA. Book online or call our practice directly.
ADHD Q & A
What are the different types of ADHD?
ADHD is often diagnosed in childhood but can present in adulthood. ADHD is diagnosed as one of three types: inattentive type, hyperactive/impulsive type or combined type. Past history is carefully discussed to assess the type of ADHD. Past medical records/treatment history is often very helpful. Dr. Sidhu believes that an accurate diagnosis is critical to optimal treatment in terms of medication.
What are the symptoms of ADHD?
Inattentive type – six (or five for people over 17 years) of the following symptoms occur frequently. A person with Inattentive type of ADHD:
- Doesn’t pay close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in school or job tasks.
- Has problems staying focused on tasks or activities, such as during lectures, conversations or long reading.
- Does not seem to listen when spoken to (i.e., seems to be elsewhere).
- Does not follow through on instructions and doesn’t complete schoolwork, chores or job duties (may start tasks but quickly loses focus).
- Has problems organizing tasks and work (for instance, does not manage time well; has messy, disorganized work; misses deadlines).
- Avoids or dislikes tasks that require sustained mental effort, such as preparing reports and completing forms.
- Often loses things needed for tasks or daily life, such as school papers, books, keys, wallet, cell phone and eyeglasses.
- Is easily distracted.
- Forgets daily tasks, such as doing chores and running errands. Older teens and adults may forget to return phone calls, pay bills and keep appointments.
Hyperactive/impulsive type – six (or five for people over 17 years) of the following symptoms occur frequently. A person with Hyperactive/impulsive type of ADHD:
- Fidgets with or taps hands or feet, or squirms in seat.
- Not able to stay seated (in classroom, workplace).
- Runs about or climbs where it is inappropriate.
- Unable to play or do leisure activities quietly.
- Always “on the go,” as if driven by a motor.
- Talks too much.
- Blurts out an answer before a question has been finished (for instance may finish people’s sentences, can’t wait to speak in conversations).
- Has difficulty waiting his or her turn, such as while waiting in line.
- Interrupts or intrudes on others (for instance, cuts into conversations, games or activities, or starts using other people’s things without permission). Older teens and adults may take over what others are doing.
How is Adult ADHD treated?
Many adults with ADHD do not realize they have the disorder. A comprehensive evaluation typically includes a review of past and current symptoms and a medical history. Severity of symptoms is assessed in terms of the setting(s) in which they occur and the effect they have on functionality—academics, job performance and even relationships. After a thorough evaluation Dr. Sidhu strives to choose the most appropriate and effective medication for adults suffering from ADHD. She often recommends psychotherapy as well. Behavior management strategies, such as ways to minimize distractions and increase structure and organization, and involving immediate family members can also be helpful.
To get treatment for Adult ADHD and lead a more productive life and meaningful life, schedule an evaluation at Revîv Functional Psychiatry & TMS Wellness Center. Book online or over the phone.