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ADHD Treatment Psychiatrist, Dr. Soroya Bacchus, MD., in Los Angeles and Glendale CA

Are you or someone you love struggling with paying attention, constantly moving from one task to another, or having other symptoms of ADHD? ADHD is a serious illness characterized by problems paying attention, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness. ADHD is a common childhood disorder that can last into adulthood. It may contribute to low self-esteem, strained relationships, and academic or occupational difficulties. Limited attention and hyperactivity are symptoms. Contact Psychiatry Unplugged today. Dr. Soroya Bacchus, MD, is available to help examine, diagnose, and manage your ADHD. For diagnosis or management, contact us or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in Los Angeles CA and Glendale CA.

ADHD Treatment Psychiatrist Near Me in Los Angeles and Glendale CA
ADHD Treatment Psychiatrist Near Me in Los Angeles and Glendale CA

Table of Contents:

What is ADHD?
What are the signs of ADHD?
How is ADHD diagnosed?
How is ADHD treated?

What is ADHD?

ADHD is one of the most common disorders of neurodevelopment in childhood. Usually first diagnosed in childhood and can last into adulthood. Children with ADHD may have trouble paying attention, are overly active, or have controlling impulsive behaviors.

The causes and risk factors for ADHD are still unknown. However, recent research has shown that genetics can play an important role. Other possible causes and risk factors include:

– Brain injury
– Environmental exposures while pregnant with a child or at a young age
– Alcohol and tobacco use while pregnant with a child
– Premature delivery
– Low birth weight

What are the signs of ADHD? 

ADHD is short for Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder, and the symptoms for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder can be categorized into 2 types of behavioral problems which are inattentiveness and hyperactivity, and impulsiveness.

Most individuals with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder have problems that fall into both of the categories, however, it’s not always the case.

The symptoms found in children and teenagers with ADHD are well-defined and noticeable before the age of 6. These symptoms can also occur in more than 1 situation, like at home, and at school or daycare, They are:

– Short attention span and easily distracted
– Careless mistakes
– Forgetful or constantly losing things
– Unable to stick to tasks that are tedious or time-consuming
– Unable to listen or carry out instructions
– Changing activities or tasks constantly
– Difficulty organizing tasks

Hyperactivity and Impulsiveness
– Unable to sit still, especially during calm or quiet situations
– Fidgeting consistently
– Unable to concentrate on tasks
– Excessive physical movements
– Excessive talking
– Unable to wait their turn for things
– Not thinking before they act
– Interrupting conversations of others
– No sense or little sense of danger

These symptoms can cause significant problems in a child’s life if left unmanaged, like underachievement at school, poor social interaction with other children and adults, and even problems with discipline.

How is ADHD diagnosed?

There is no simple test to determine whether your child or you have ADHD, however, at Psychiatry Unplugged, our psychiatrist can make an accurate diagnosis after a detailed assessment. This assessment may include the following:

– Physical exam
– Series of interviews
– Interviews or reports from significant people in your or your child’s life such as partners, parents, and teachers

How is ADHD treated?

Signs and symptoms of someone that may have ADHD can be hard to spot. However, core symptoms start early in life, usually before the age of 12, and continue into adulthood which can create major problems if not managed properly.

No single test can confirm the diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Making the diagnosis will usually include the following:

Physical exam
Help rule out any other possible causes for your symptoms

Information gathering
Asking questions about current medical issues, personal and family medical history as well as the history of your symptoms

ADHD rating scales or psychological testing
Collect and evaluate information about your symptoms through rating scales and psychological testing

There are other conditions that can resemble ADHD, some medical conditions that may cause signs and symptoms similar to ADHD are:

Mental health disorders
Depression, Anxiety, Learning and Language Deficits, Conduct Disorders, or Psychiatric Disorders

Medical issues that affect thinking or behavior
Developmental Disorders, Thyroid Issues, Seizure Disorders, Brain Injury, or Low Blood Sugar

– Drugs or Medications
Alcohol or other substance misuse and certain medications

If you think you or your child may have ADHD and want to get examined, diagnosed, and helped to manage your ADHD, call Psychiatry Unplugged today! We are available to book you an appointment from Monday to Thursday 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Friday 9 AM – 2:00 PM. We serve patients from Los Angeles CA, Glendale CA, Beverly Hills CA, Santa Monica CA, Hollywood CA, Burbank CA, and Pasadena CA.

Locations for Psychiatry Unplugged in Los Angeles CA and Glendale, CA

Los Angeles CA

  • 6801 Park Terrace, Suite 530B Los Angeles CA 90045
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Glendale, CA

  • 121 W. Lexington Dr. Ste 414 Glendale, CA 91203
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