ADHD and ADD Treatment
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) are two types of medical conditions that involves many different types of attention and focus related symptoms. Generally, ADHD and ADD involve symptoms of sudden impulsivity, hyperactivity, difficulty focusing or inattentiveness.
Are you currently experiencing a lack of focus, inability to pay attention to important tasks, get distracted easily or go through periods of hyperactivity? There is a possibility that you may have ADHD. Thankfully, there are ADHD treatment options available. North County Health Services is here to help you with all of your ADHD and ADD needs.
ADHD and ADD can be treated with a variety of different therapy, medication and treatment options.
What Are the Symptoms of ADHD and ADD?
There are many different symptoms and signs that you or your child may have ADHD or ADD. Keep in mind that experiencing any of the following symptoms may not immediately indicate that ADHD is at fault. The severity of each symptom may determine whether or not you have ADHD or just a lack of focus. Talking with our doctors and taking an ADD test can help you to determine whether or not you need ADD medication.
The following symptoms are common among most ADHD and ADD sufferers:
- Difficulty sustaining attention in normal day-to-day activities, work, or play.
- Unable to pay close attention to specific details.
- Makes careless mistakes during school, work or other activities and hobbies.
- Does not listen even when spoken to.
- Challenged by organizing tasks or activities.
- Unable to completely finish certain activities, like schoolwork, work duties, chores and more.
- Constantly loses important or necessary objects or tools for various activities.
- Forgetful of daily activities.
- Often fidgets with the feet or hands while sitting in a seat.
- Climbs or runs around unnecessarily (even in situations when not appropriate), or experiences severe restlessness
- Talks excessively compared to the average person.
- Always feels “on the go.”
- Difficulty engaging in leisurely activities in a quiet manner.
- Difficulty waiting for one’s turn.
- Constantly interrupts other people in conversations.
- Unable to wait for questions to be completed before blurting out the answer.
These symptoms can help an individual determine whether or not they may be at risk of ADHD or ADD, but they do not indicate that they do have the condition. This is why it’s important to talk to our doctor at North County Health Services.
ADHD Treatment and Medication
ADHD treatment and ADHD medication are easy to get if you or your family members are experiencing ADHD symptoms. The types of treatment that you or your loved ones need will likely be customized to their situation. ADHD treatment options that work for one person may not work for another, which is why it’s so important to get an ADHD test and consult with an experienced doctor to learn about that types of treatment that is available.
Getting ADHD medication is important for all individuals facing ADHD symptoms, but there are other factors that need to be taken into account to treat ADHD effectively. Certain ADHD therapy strategies may be put into effect by your doctor, but there are other things you can do at home to help manage your ADHD. For example, regular exercise and getting quality sleep will both positively affect your ADHD treatment.
Natural ADHD Treatment
While ADD and ADHD medication is sometimes necessary for improving a child’s behavior and overall focus, children can often benefit from more natural ADHD treatment as well. Rather than turning to ADHD and ADD medication immediately, talk to your doctor about implementing some natural ADHD treatments to see if they help improve your child’s behavior, social interactions, focus, schoolwork, and more. Nutrition is a key factor in many behavioral issues that we see, and oftentimes, making some nutrition changes in a child’s life will drastically improve many issues they are struggling with. Things like eating more fruits and vegetables, ensuring children are drinking enough water and consuming enough protein, and minimizing or eliminating processed sugars can make a huge difference. Another natural ADHD treatment is chiropractic. Our NCHS chiropractors are great with kids, and their pediatric chiropractic services can have a big impact on your child’s life. While most people don’t associate chiropractic care with a child’s behavior, they are indeed connected in a big way. Since chiropractors focus on the spine and the central nervous system, their gentle and natural adjustments can revitalize the entire body and help it function more optimally, often minimizing nerve pressure and improving overall quality of life, including behavior and focus.
ADD Test & ADHD Test
While there is not one singular ADD or ADHD test, there are several factors that go into a diagnosis of ADD or ADHD. The most common ADHD and ADD test involves simple interviews and research into the child’s behavior and general disposition. Doctors may ask questions about ADHD symptoms, grades, social interactions, and more. ADHD and ADD tests may involve a psychological evaluation, questionnaires, behavior assessments, brain wave tests, and more. It is important that a doctor gets a comprehensive understanding of your child’s personality and behaviors before making an official diagnosis, so any variety of ADD and ADHD tests may be utilized to achieve that. You may be asked to bring in schoolwork, report cards, or a report from your child’s teacher, and your doctor may suggest that you undergo some other tests to rule out other possibilities. Blood tests may be ordered as part of the ADHD and ADD test, primarily to check for a thyroid condition or high levels of lead, or children may be required to undergo hearing and vision tests to ensure that isn’t the root cause of their behavior and focus challenges.
ADHD Medication & ADD Medication
If your doctor officially diagnoses your child with ADD or ADHD, he will discuss various ADHD treatments with you to ensure the problem is dealt with appropriately and effectively. He may order ADHD therapy to begin with, and if that helps the ADHD symptoms, that may be all you need to do. However, if ADHD symptoms persist after the ADHD therapy, you may need to put your child on some form of ADD/ADHD medication. Some ADD medications come with side effects, so it will only be after careful consideration and exhausting all other options that your doctor should recommend an ADHD medication.
Give us a call or visit us today at NCHS to learn more about ADHD, ADD, and the various ADHD treatment and ADHD therapy options available for both children and adults.