ADHD Management Clinic in Los Angeles CA
ADHD symptoms appear in childhood and persist throughout maturity. ADHD is not often identified or diagnosed until a person is an adult. Adult ADHD symptoms may be less obvious than ADHD symptoms in children. Adults may experience reduced hyperactivity, but they may continue to suffer with impulsiveness, restlessness, and difficulties paying attention. If you or someone you love has ADHD, trust the professional, Dr. Soroya Bacchus, MD, at Psychiatry Unplugged in Los Angeles CA for safe and effective treatments. We are conveniently located at 6801 Park Terrace, Suite 530B Los Angeles CA 90045. See our hour of operations to book an online consultation or contact us for more information.
Table of Contents:
What exactly is ADHD?
What are the behaviors of ADHD?
Who is a good candidate for ADHD treatment?
What can I expect during and after an ADHD treatment appointment?
An ADHD management specialist is a clinical professional with specialized knowledge and experience in the diagnosis and management of individuals with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). ADHD is a common neurobiological disorder that is often diagnosed in children and adolescents. Without proper treatment and management, it can be difficult to live with ADHD. Fortunately, ADHD management specialists can improve patients’ ADHD symptoms and provide them with the tools to achieve a better quality of life.
ADHD, also known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is a condition characterized by a persistent pattern of inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness that is more severe than what is considered normal. The symptoms of ADHD often result in difficulty staying focused, controlling behavior, and frequent interruptions or disruptive behavior. In severe cases, ADHD can result in missed work or school, poor academic or professional performance, and poor social skills. However, with effective treatment, most people with ADHD can achieve their potential and live fulfilling lives.
ADHD is characterized by three main symptoms: inattention, hyperactivity and impulsivity; people with adhd often experience a combination of these symptoms. this can lead to problems, such as:
• Trouble focusing on activities
• Becoming easily distracted
• Low attention span while working
• Trouble sitting still
• Frequent need to move around
• Engaging in activities loudly or disruptively
• Excess talking and interrupting other people
• Trouble finishing tasks
• Trouble with task organization and time management
• Frequently forgetting things or losing personal items
• Frequently avoiding mentally taxing tasks
• Experiencing increased frustration and emotional sensitivity
• Trouble navigating social and familial relationships
• Difficulties at school or work
• Issues with self-esteem and mental wellbeing
• Substance misuse issues, especially with alcohol
• Relationship challenges with partners or family
• Frequent accidents or injuries
Good candidates for ADHD treatment include people who are experiencing the symptoms of this condition and are struggling to function in everyday life. Because ADHD is commonly treated with talk therapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), most people with ADHD are suitable for the treatment, as it does not cause any side effects or come with any risks. Many mental health professionals realize the potential dangers of ADHD medications, including arrhythmia, tachycardia, suppressed appetite, sleeping problems and addiction; therefore, non-pharmacological treatments such as therapy are typically the preferred method of treatment.
During an ADHD treatment appointment, the mental health specialist will first go over the patient’s medical history, including current medications, any underlying medical conditions, and comorbid disorders. After this, they will have a discussion with the patient about their condition, asking about how it affects their day-to-day life and what kind of issues it causes. Once the mental health professional has analyzed the patient’s situation, they can begin to develop a diagnosis. The diagnostic process for ADHD is complex; there is no single test doctors can use to diagnose ADHD, but research is currently being conducted in this area. To ensure accurate results and diagnosis, patients should also be prepared to answer numerous questions, and be open and honest about their symptoms. Once a diagnosis has been established, the mental health professional can start to formulate a treatment plan. This often involves therapy, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), but it can take many forms, depending on the patient’s unique circumstances.
After an ADHD treatment appointment, the patient may be asked to keep notes on their symptoms and struggles, which will be relayed to the mental health specialist at the next appointment. Patients who receive regular treatment for ADHD often report a reduction in symptoms and an improvement in quality of life.
If you or someone you love has ADHD, trust the professionals at Psychiatry Unplugged in Los Angeles CA for safe and effective treatments. Call us today to book an appointment with our ADHD management specialist, or schedule one online with our patient portal! We are conveniently located at 6801 Park Terrace, Suite 530B Los Angeles CA 90045. We serve patients from Los Angeles CA, Beverly Hills CA, Santa Monica CA, Encino CA, and Pacific Palisades CA. We look forward to serving you!