Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) typically starts causing problems in school-age children that persist into adulthood. If you or your child has ADHD symptoms, contact Guadalupe Psychiatric and Mental Health Services in Los Lunas and Rio Rancho, New Mexico. The practice’s experienced mental health team offers expert diagnosis and comprehensive care to children over 4 and adults struggling with ADHD. Call Guadalupe Psychiatric and Mental Health Services today or book an ADHD assessment online.
ADHD is a behavioral disorder that makes concentration difficult and causes hyperactivity (always being on the go) and impulsivity (doing things without thinking). These problems affect children’s progress at school and continue to present challenges for adults who struggle with employment and relationships.
ADHD symptoms usually develop when children start school or soon after. They’re persistent, so unlike the odd tantrum or a phase of undesirable behavior you might encounter as a child grows up, children with ADHD exhibit these behaviors consistently.
Despite increasing awareness of ADHD among parents and teachers, many children remain undiagnosed. The Guadalupe Psychiatric and Mental Health Services team can help any child over 4 and adults of all ages with ADHD symptoms.
ADHD symptoms take two forms — inattentive and hyperactive/impulsive. Common symptoms of primarily inattentive ADHD include:
People with primarily hyperactive and impulsive symptoms find it impossible to sit still, tend to interrupt and not wait their turn, talk a lot and appear highly animated, and struggle to do quiet activities. They’re likely to take risks and frequently get into trouble.
Some people have combined ADHD, displaying both kinds of symptoms.
Guadalupe Psychiatric and Mental Health Services offers several ADHD treatments, including:
Stimulant medication is a widely-used and effective treatment for many people with ADHD. It changes your brain chemistry slightly so you can more easily control your behavior. If you or your child doesn’t get better with stimulants, non-stimulant medicines and antidepressants might help.
Behavioral therapy with one of the ADHD experts at Guadalupe Psychiatric and Mental Health Services helps you recognize feelings that trigger unwanted behaviors. Identifying your triggers enables you to avoid them and manage the outcomes better, so you have fewer challenges in daily life.
Children and adults with additional mental health problems like depression and anxiety can also benefit from individual psychotherapy — an interaction with a highly skilled therapist who helps you work through underlying traumas from the past and hurtful experiences in your current life.
Call Guadalupe Psychiatric and Mental Health Services today or schedule a consultation online for specialist help with childhood and adult ADHD.