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What is ADHD?

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurobiological disorder that often appears in early childhood but may not be diagnosed until adulthood. Additionally, about half of those diagnosed with childhood ADHD continue to have symptoms throughout adulthood.

Brain imaging studies of patients with ADHD show dysfunction in areas of the brain involving attention, sensorimotor, and executive function, which is essential for organizational skills and regulating behavior.

Adults with ADHD typically have low working memory. When you don’t have sufficient working memory — the ability to temporarily store information — you have difficulty learning, following instructions, and planning actions.

What are the symptoms of ADHD?

When you have ADHD, inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity persist for at least six months.

In adults, these symptoms are exhibited in behaviors such as:

  • Feeling restless and fidgety or having difficulty relaxing
  • Being constantly on the go
  • Being disorganized
  • Frequently losing things
  • Starting projects but never finishing
  • Being unable to shut off your brain
  • Being late to appointments or missing deadlines

At Alpine Psychiatry, your provider performs a thorough evaluation to determine whether you have ADHD and then works with you to develop a customized treatment. 

The primary treatment methods for ADHD are psychotherapy and prescription stimulant or nonstimulant medications.

How is ADHD treated?

Alpine Psychiatry’s skilled group of licensed practitioners are conservative with who they diagnose with ADHD. However, there is no debate that a subset of patients are limited by their problems with focus and impulse control problems.

Licensed practitioners can help patients find treatment options that maximize their goals while minimizing side effects and improper use of medications.

Stimulant medications improve your attention by boosting the number of brain chemicals essential for thinking and focus. Various types of psychotherapy can help you or your child regulate emotional and behavioral responses or help learn organizational skills.

Your Alpine Psychiatry provider might recommend traditional psychotherapy to help with issues like depression, anxiety, family or work relationships, school, or other specific symptoms. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) may be used to retrain your thoughts and habits, helping lessen problems such as impulsiveness or disorganization.

If you need help with ADHD, call Alpine Psychiatry. You can also book an appointment online, which is fast and easy.