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What Is ADHD?
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that is not always first diagnosed in childhood and often patients are not diagnosed with ADHD until adulthood. Children with ADHD may struggle with paying attention, controlling impulsive behavior, and maybe being overly hyper.
In adults, ADHD may be difficult to spot. The diagnosis usually includes different tests, including:
- Physical exam
- Psychological tests
- Information gathering
A medical professional may need to perform a series of these tests to ensure a proper diagnosis. This is because there are other conditions that also resemble ADHD.
These conditions include mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, language deficits, and psychiatric disorders.
Other conditions that resemble ADHD include problems that affect behavior and thinking, such as:
- Seizure disorder
- Brain injury
- Thyroid problems
- Low blood sugar
Speaking with a medical professional can help to get a proper diagnosis of ADHD.
Signs and Symptoms of ADHD
ADHD has three different types: Inattentive, Hyperactive-Impulsive Presentation, and Combined.
When the person is predominantly inattentive, he may have trouble organizing or finishing a task, follow instructions or easily gets distracted and forget things.
A predominantly hyperactive-impulsive person with ADHD talks and fidgets a lot. He may struggle sitting still for long periods. Children with this type of disorder may jump, climb or run constantly. Other individuals may interrupt others a lot or speak at inappropriate times.
A combined presentation is when an individual exhibits symptoms of both types described above.
A child with ADHD may have these symptoms:
- Squirms or fidgets a lot
- Talks too much
- Daydreams all the time
- Struggles with resisting temptation
- May not get along with others well
- Loses things a lot
Adult ADHD may have these symptoms:
- Trouble multitasking
- Poor planning ad time management skills
- Easily gets frustrated
- Has trouble prioritizing important things
No lab tests can diagnose ADHD. The diagnosis usually involves a combination of tests. A medical professional will gather information from parents and teachers to rule out other medical problems.
The standard treatment for ADHD involves psychological counseling, medication, skills training and education. It’s believed that the most effective treatment is usually a combination of these.
While these treatments are the most common, individuals might not see the results they are looking for with those treatments. Fortunately, TMS Therapy is also a good alternative for treating ADHD.
Medications for the treatment of ADHD vary in each individual.
A medical professional may prescribe some stimulants such as methylphenidate or amphetamine as it can help boost and balance the neurotransmitters in your brain.
Other medications may include antidepressants such as bupropion. They may be a good option, especially when you can’t take stimulants because of other health problems.
Individuals might also experience side effects from prescription medication. Side-effects might include:
- Problems sleeping
- Loss of appetite
- Delayed growth
- Headaches and stomachaches
- Moodiness and irritability
Some doctors may recommend therapy first for children younger than six years of age before trying medications for treating ADHD.
For adults with ADHD, psychological counseling or psychotherapy may help them learn about the disorder and provide them with the skills needed to succeed.
With psychotherapy, it may help them:
- Learn to minimize their impulsive behavior
- Cope with work or social issues
- Develop strategies for controlling their temper
- Improves self-esteem
- Improve time management skills
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) will teach the person with ADHD specific skills to help them effectively manage their behavior and negative thinking patterns. In addition, it can help them better cope with life’s challenges, such as school and relationship issues.
In most cases, a combination of treatments may benefit the patient. However, what works best may also depend on the child or the adult. A good treatment would also involve close monitoring, follow-ups or check-ups.
How TMS Can Help People with ADHD
TMS for ADHD is another treatment that can benefit anyone with ADHD. It’s a non-invasive treatment that is safe for anyone who has ADHD or other neurological disorders.
TMS is proven to be very effective in treating ADHD, and anyone can undergo TMS Therapy to help them reduce the symptoms associated with ADHD.
According to a trial published by the National Library of Medicine, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation of TMS has no serious adverse effects. With TMS Therapy, it targets specific areas of the brain that is affected by the disorder. Patients who have tried TMS Therapy to treat ADHD have succeeded, and their symptoms have improved.
Benefits of TMS Therapy include:
- Increased capacity to focus on essential tasks
- Improved self-confidence and organizational skills
- Enhanced efficiency at work and in social situations
With TMS Therapy, there is a high success rate compared with other treatments. Also, it may help the patient stop their medications that may have adverse side effects. TMS Therapy is both non-sedative and non-invasive, which makes it ideal for anyone who has the disorder.
Most importantly, there are minimal side effects for a majority of patients who had the therapy.
Contact Clearwave Mental Health
Are you or a loved one suffering from ADHD? We can help. We are a TMS practice in New York committed to helping patients improve or eliminate symptoms associated with ADHD. We are FDA-cleared and also covered by major health insurance. We have delivered more than 10,000 treatments at our facility and have a proven 72 percent significant improvement.
You can be medication-free and with minimal side effects with TMS Therapy. It’s an entirely safe therapy that can benefit anyone suffering from the disorder. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today if you have questions. We are more than happy to assist.
Clearwave Mental Health is the premier psychiatric and TMS treatment center servicing Poughkeepsie, Valhalla, Westchester, New York and the Hudson Valley. Our mission is to provide compassionate, personalized, individualized, and effective mental health care for our community.