People with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) struggle with paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors, or sitting still. Typically diagnosed during childhood, ADHD is a lifelong condition that may affect learning, socializing, and relationships. At Choulet Wellness in Scottsdale, Arizona, the psychiatrists, led by Dr. Brook Choulet, specialize in diagnosing and treating ADHD. To schedule a consultation, call the office or book online today.
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health disorder that starts in early childhood. People with ADHD have a combination of ongoing symptoms — inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity — that cause problems with learning, work or school performance, and relationships.
The symptoms associated with ADHD may cause low self-esteem and lead to other mental health problems such as depression or anxiety.
ADHD symptoms fall into two categories: inattention and hyperactivity/impulsivity.
With inattention, you have a hard time staying on task, finishing assignments, or keeping organized. You may miss important deadlines, forget about appointments, or appear like you’re not paying attention when others speak.
Hyperactivity symptoms may include restlessness, inability to sit still, or constant talking. With impulsivity in ADHD, people may struggle to control impulsive behaviors, blurt out answers before being called on, or make quick decisions without thinking about the consequences.
With ADHD, your symptoms may be more inattentive or hyperactive/impulsive. During an ADHD evaluation, Dr. Choulet determines your predominant symptoms and type. Your predominant symptoms, however, may change over time.
There’s no single test to diagnose ADHD. When you come in for an ADHD evaluation at Choulet Wellness, Dr. Choulet conducts a comprehensive evaluation to determine the right diagnosis that aligns with your corresponding symptoms.
For an ADHD diagnosis, you must have ongoing symptoms of inattention or hyperactivity/impulsivity that affect your daily life. For teens and adults not yet diagnosed with ADHD, you must have had signs and symptoms of ADHD by the time you reach age 12.
ADHD is a lifelong condition; however, symptoms may fluctuate throughout childhood and into adulthood. Dr. Choulet provides comprehensive care to help you manage your symptoms to improve your daily life.
Treatment for ADHD includes:
Prescription medication is the primary treatment for ADHD and includes stimulant and non-stimulant medications. These medications improve the inattentive, hyperactive, and impulsive symptoms of ADHD to help you better manage daily responsibilities.
The psychiatrists and therapists at Choulet Wellness provide therapy for ADHD, which may include behavioral therapy that teaches you how to develop techniques to improve organization and complete tasks on time.
For patients with a previous ADHD diagnosis, Dr. Choulet and her associates offer medication management to monitor and prescribe ADHD medication as necessary.
For high-quality ADHD care, call Choulet Wellness or request a consultation online today.