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What is ADHD?

ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a disorder that can have many different types of symptoms.

Looking at the inattentive symptoms, we see trouble concentrating, being easily distracted at school or at work, or even having trouble initiating tasks or completing them. These individuals may also have trouble losing their wallet, misplacing their keys, making appointments on time, and just trouble with overall organization.

The hyperactivity presentation looks very different. Someone may feel restless or fidgety, or have trouble sitting still. They could also have trouble just talking over people and feeling pressured to speak. The impulsivity part includes not really thinking about long term consequences. And of course the combination presentation involves symptoms from both of these categories.

Treatment can look very diverse. From the therapy side of things, the goal is often to add structure in one’s life routine and to assist with task completion. As for medication, the first line treatment are stimulants – short acting, intermediate acting, and extended release. This class includes medication such as Ritalin and Vyvanse.

If you’re someone who feels like they’re struggling with attention difficulties, hyperactivity, impulsivity, or a combination of one or more, then come in for an evaluation, see if you meet the criteria, and learn more about the treatment options that are the best fit for you.

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