Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

 

While Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is most often diagnosed in children, around 4.4% of American adults also have the condition. TMS & Brain Health in Santa Monica and L.A. offers personalized treatment plans for ADHD to help you control your thoughts and behaviors so you can thrive and reach your full potential.

What is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

 

ADHD is a brain disorder that affects your ability to concentrate and your impulse control. The condition is frequently diagnosed in children, but ADHD can persist into adulthood. Additionally, you may have had ADHD from a young age but managed to get by without diagnosis or treatment. Untreated ADHD can interfere with your work performance and relationships and cause low self-esteem.

What are the signs of ADHD?

 

In adults, ADHD symptoms manifest differently than they do in children. For example, some of the common signs of ADHD in adults include:

  • Poor impulse control
  • Disorganization
  • Absentmindedness
  • Poor time management
  • Trouble concentrating on a task
  • Excessive restlessness
  • Low frustration tolerance
  • Mood swings
  • Problems completing tasks
  • Frequent emotional outbursts
  • Inability to cope with stress

If you’re like many adults with ADHD, you might not recognize your symptoms. You might just feel like everyday tasks are a challenge. You might struggle with deadlines at work or frequently forget about meetings or social plans. Your poor impulse control could lead to dangerous behaviors like speeding and reckless driving.

Types of ADHD

 

  • Inattentive type
  • Hyperactive-impulsive type
  • Combination type

Many children and adults with inattentive ADHD often go undiagnosed for a longer period of time, despite having symptoms that are just as severe as other types. Individuals with inattentive ADHD often find themselves lost in thought, disorganized, and tend to “zone out” during lectures and conversations. A controversial subtype of ADHD is called Sluggish Cognitive Tempo, which has similar symptoms to the inattentive subtype of ADHD. Individuals with the hyperactive-impulsive subtype of ADHD tend to be noticed earlier on; individuals with a hyperactive-impulsive subtype of ADHD usually have difficulties sitting still for long periods of time, and are identified in school settings.

When should I talk to a doctor about ADHD?

 

If any of these symptoms or behaviors sound familiar, you should make an appointment at TMS & Brain Health for assessment. Additionally, if your behavior and lack of focus disrupts your life and prevents you from achieving your full potential, you should seek professional help.

How do I get started on ADHD treatment?

 

TMS & Brain Health offers highly personalized treatment plans for ADHD. You begin with a thorough evaluation, which allows your provider to learn about your symptoms, lifestyle, and health and diagnose your condition.

Your provider then creates a customized treatment plan. In addition to conventional treatments such as medication and therapy, TMS & Brain Health offers neurofeedback using innovative IASIS microcurrent equipment.

Conditions like ADHD often cause abnormal activity in your brain. Neurofeedback assesses your brain waves to identify the irregular activity. Then, in subsequent sessions, the treatment retrains your brain to follow healthy activity patterns.

Neurofeedback treatment with the IASIS microcurrent equipment is relatively quick. You simply need to sit still for a few moments while wearing the neurofeedback electrodes. The painless procedure identifies positive and negative brain activity and responds with a mild microcurrent of energy to direct your brain toward the normal activity patterns.

If you’re concerned about ADHD, call TMS & Brain Health or request an appointment online today.

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