Psychiatry & Neurology Specialists located in Plant City, FL, New Port Richey, FL & Inverness FL
If you struggle to pay attention or sit still, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) might be the culprit. At Instic Health in Plant City, Inverness, Tampa, and New Port Richey, Florida, board-certified psychiatrist Pragnesh Patel, MD, and the exceptional team can diagnose and treat ADHD to give you a better quality of life. Schedule an appointment by phone or book online today.
ADHD Q & A
What is ADHD?
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD is a mental health condition that affects about 4% of adults in the United States. It often occurs during childhood, but adults experience it too.
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder linked with inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. It makes paying attention and sitting still difficult. ADHD can interfere with school, your job, social situations, and your personal life. Attention-deficit disorder (ADD) is similar to ADHD but without hyperactivity.
What are the symptoms of ADHD?
If you have ADHD, you may experience some of the following signs or symptoms associated with the disorder:
- Poor time management skills
- Problems focusing
- Poor planning
- Excessive activity
- A hot temper
- Frequent mood swings
- Problems following through with tasks
- Difficulty coping with stress
Treatment with the Instic Health team can reduce these and other ADHD symptoms to give you a better quality of life. They can also address ADD and provide effective treatments.
What are the risk factors for ADHD?
While anybody can develop ADHD, some factors increase your risk of experiencing it. Examples include genetics, family history of ADHD, lead exposure, central nervous system problems, and premature birth. Your risk increases if your mother smoked, used drugs, or drank alcohol during pregnancy.
How does my doctor diagnose ADHD?
To diagnose ADHD and develop the most appropriate treatment plan, an Instic Health specialist reviews your symptoms and medical history. They complete a physical exam and a psychiatric assessment. Your psychiatrist might recommend blood tests or other diagnostic tests to detect or rule out medical problems.
What are the common ADHD treatments?
Common ADHD treatments include:
Eating healthy foods, getting regular exercise and plenty of sleep, and sticking with a routine can minimize ADHD symptoms.
Taking certain medications can diminish ADHD symptoms and help you better cope with your condition, improving your focus and reducing restlessness. Your psychiatrist personalizes a medication regimen that’s right for you.
Counseling can teach you how to better manage your time, improve organizational and problem-solving skills, reduce impulsive behavior, improve self-esteem, and strengthen interpersonal relationships. Your provider offers cognitive-behavioral counseling, marriage and family counseling, and more.
Don’t let ADHD or ADD negatively affect your job, school, or interpersonal relationships. Schedule an appointment with Instic Health by phone or book online today to achieve a better quality of life.