What’s ADD Disorder? ADD Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment Options
Attention-deficit disorder or ADD disorder is a developmental impairment of the brain’s self-management systems. It affects people of all ages and makes it difficult to stay focused, alert, and present in many day-to-day situations. It is a very common condition in today’s hectic society that is rife with constant distractions including ads, social media, and a variety of handheld devices.
What is Attention-Deficit Disorder?
Attention deficit disorder is traditionally categorized as a behavior disorder that could be remedied with mild therapy or medication. Recent neurological studies over the last decade have shed new light on these conditions and given physicians a new perspective on how to approach them.
ADD and ADHD are developmental brain impairments that harm the self-management system of the brain. In other words, these conditions make it difficult to maintain control of your executive functions and maintain focus. It is a myth that ADD and ADHD are simply results of “bad behavior” and require discipline, as research has painted a very different picture. ADHD can affect individuals of any IQ level and is not a condition that you can simply outgrow. It is a deep-seated neurological deficit that requires careful treatment and serious consideration.
The Difference Between ADD and ADHD
ADD has become a dated term due to the recent advancements in our understanding of the condition. It can sometimes be used to define less severe forms of ADHD and inattentive tendencies, but for the most part, ADHD is the diagnosis given upon findings of severe lack of focus, forgetfulness, and difficulty maintaining attention on any one thing for more than a few moments.
- Poor working memory
- Poor executive function
The new model of ADHD diagnosis and treatment is an expansion of the old methods as well as a completely new way to approach and understand the condition.
How are ADD and ADHD diagnosed?
Since both conditions exhibit similar symptoms, our ADD specialist performs a thorough evaluation of the patient and his/her medical history. Our psychiatrists may even talk to patients’ family members, teachers, and caregivers to fully understand the behavior for an accurate diagnosis.
How To Properly Treat ADD
There are two main types of ADD treatment – behavioral therapy and medication. The best way to start to tackle treatment is to use these two techniques in conjunction with one another. Behavioral therapy can help to train the brain to calm down and be more present at the moment. These behavioral interventions can include meditative exercises as well as advice and training to help manage time and keep priorities in order.
Combining behavioral therapy with stimulant or non-stimulant medication can help to ease symptoms and gently ease patients into a new dynamic of thinking. Over 70% of people who use FDA-approved stimulant medications see a decrease in ADHD symptoms, which will greatly help the treatment process and also provide immediate relief in severe cases.
Why Our Services Stand Out
Combining a deep understanding of the human condition with a modern approach to treating mental health disorders is what makes our services stand out. Our ADD/ADHD specialists have been helping individuals find real, practical solutions to their mental health issues. We pride ourselves on providing personalized and passionate treatment. If you are struggling with ADHD and are tired of feeling like you have no control, Harbor Psychiatry & Mental Health can help you explore the causes of your condition and work with you side-by-side to help you add peace and structure to your life.