You have questions. Dr. Melissa Singer and Dr. Lisa Rankin at Coastal Integrative Medicine are eager to provide the answers. Let’s get started right here with answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about ADHD. If you live in Stuart, FL, you can schedule an appointment to receive personalized answers to all your questions.
What Treatment Is Best for ADHD?
There is no cure for ADHD. Treatment is designed to improve symptoms so that those with ADHD can function better in daily life. Medication can quickly improve cognitive functioning, leading to better performance at school or work. A variety of therapies are available for social and behavioral symptoms.
Those with ADHD may feel much better with treatment, but the symptoms will all worsen without medication and/or therapy. There is no known way to completely cure ADHD and eliminate the need for ongoing treatment.
What Are the Subtypes of ADHD?
There are three primary types of ADHD:
- Hyperactivity-impulsivity type
- Inattentive type
- Combined type
Hyperactivity-impulsivity ADHD is characterized by physical restlessness that may include fidgeting and struggling to sit still for even short periods of time. Inattentive ADHD is more cognitive and is characterized by difficulty focusing on tasks, completing assignments, and following directions. Combined ADHD is characterized by symptoms of both other types.
What Causes ADHD, and How Can We Prevent It?
The cause of ADHD isn’t known, but research has shown that there is a genetic component. There are possibly environmental factors that may impact the development of ADHD in some cases as well. Since we don’t know the causes, it’s difficult to prevent the development of ADHD in children.
Who Can Get ADHD?
ADHD is often diagnosed in childhood, but many adults suffer from the condition for a lifetime without diagnosis and treatment. The condition is better understood today than 10 or 20 years ago. We now have better tools, medications, and therapies to help patients of all ages manage ADHD in Stuart, FL, and surrounding areas.
If One of My Children Is Diagnosed With ADHD, Should I Take My Other Children to the Doctor for Diagnosis?
While ADHD is often genetic, siblings of a diagnosed child aren’t guaranteed to also have ADHD. Watch each of your children to see if they exhibit symptoms of ADHD. If you believe one or more of your children displays symptoms, consult with a doctor to start the diagnosis process.
Personalized Answers to Your Biggest ADHD Questions
If you live in Stuart, FL, and are concerned about ADHD, Dr. Singer, and Dr. Rankin can provide the personalized care you deserve. Call (772) 344-1409 to schedule an appointment at Coastal Integrative Medicine.