Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health disorder commonly found in children, though adults can also be diagnosed. This condition is often most noticeable during early childhood when children reach school age.
There are three different ADHD types:
The most common type of ADHD, combined ADHD, is characterized by distractibility, hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention.
Those with inattentive and distractible ADHD can be easily distracted, forgetful, and unfocused. Most children with this type of ADHD procrastinate and struggle to complete tasks on time.
Impulsive and hyperactive ADHD is the least common form of ADHD. Characterized by hyperactivity and impulsivity, children with this behavior disorder typically don’t suffer from inattention or difficulties avoiding distraction.
Some of the most common ADHD symptoms include:
If you or your child has been experiencing any of the above symptoms for six months or more, it’s time to call Raelin Bright Wellness to learn about your options.
At Raelin Bright Wellness, Dominique performs a comprehensive initial evaluation at your first visit, typically taking about 60 minutes to complete. This diagnostic assessment helps her determine which mental health or behavioral services his patients need.
After brief introductions, she reviews your medical and family history before discussing your symptoms. Dominique analyzes your appearance, attitude, behavior, speech, movements, mood, cognitive abilities, and more during this evaluation.
Based on your comprehensive evaluation, Dominique makes treatment recommendations that may include a combination of therapy, diet and lifestyle changes, and medication.
Dominique works with you to create an individualized ADHD treatment plan that best suits you or your child. Some of the most common ADHD treatments are:
Behavioral therapy is vital for those who have ADHD during early childhood, as the disorder can affect your child’s ability to reach their full academic potential in school.
Praise, reward systems, and setting realistic goals for your child, both at home and in school, can help them succeed academically and socially.
Central nervous system (CNS) stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin can improve your ability to concentrate and focus on completing tasks. At the same time, non-stimulants like Strattera and Pamelor may help with memory retention and attention. When combined with behavioral therapy and lifestyle changes, medication can give you or your child the tools to succeed.
Dominique has a broad range of experience in diagnosing and treating ADHD. For more information, call Raelin Bright Wellness or schedule an appointment online.