ADD/ADHD Treatment and Diagnosis in California
Mental health is a matter that most people are hesitant to confront due to the numerous misconceptions surrounding the topic. Consequently, this mindset leaves many patients with psychiatric disorders to suffer in silence. Fortunately, we have a solution for you. At Advanced Psychiatry Associates, we’re always ready to address matters that touch on your mental well-being.
We specialize in diagnosing and treating most mental health conditions with an emphasis on Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). With these goals in mind, we encourage residents of California to visit any of our four clinics to learn more about our treatment options for ADD and ADHD.
Are ADD and ADHD Different?
Most people use the terms ADD and ADHD interchangeably. However, contrary to popular belief, ADD and ADHD are different. ADD is an outdated term for what is now widely known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). ADHD is the official medical term for a neurological condition with three main subtypes:
As the names suggest, ADHD is characterized by an inability to pay attention and focus on one thing. In essence, ADHD patients are easily distracted, and their attention span doesn’t last more than five minutes — regardless of the subtype of ADHD they have. For example, while inattentive ADHD patients only have trouble maintaining focus, hyperactive-impulsive or combined ADHD patients are also hyperactive and may even become impulsive. However, many people still refer to the inattentive subtype of ADHD as ADD.
Regardless of the subtype, the qualities of ADHD can have severe ramifications on the patient’s quality of life.
What Causes ADD and ADHD?
The causes of ADHD remain unknown. However, doctors firmly believe that genetics and environmental factors could play a part in developing these disorders. For instance, prenatal development can be impacted by external stressors to the mother, which might disrupt typical development.
Common Symptoms of ADHD
ADHD can significantly affect your quality of life. Those with ADHD can struggle with any number of the following symptoms:
- Difficulty concentrating
- A short attention span
- Feeling easily distracted
- Poor organizational skills
- Anger management issues
- Low self-esteem
- Poor social skills
Children with ADHD may have problems sitting through class, subsequently falling short in their academic performance. Symptoms of ADHD are also more likely to be recognized in boys and men than in girls and women. Girls and women typically struggle with “ADD” — or the inattentive subtype of ADHD — which is characterized by quiet inattentiveness and less disruptive behavior. Evidence has also shown racial and ethnic disparities in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD.
If you’re having trouble maintaining your composure for long periods or you’re fidgeting and constantly moving, it’s highly likely that you have ADHD. When you visit one of our ADHD diagnosis centers in California, our psychiatrists can determine the exact subtype of ADHD you struggle with. Our ADHD doctors will ask you several questions to establish the symptoms and carry out a number of diagnostic measures to help determine whether you have ADHD.
Treatment Options for ADHD
ADHD is a chronic condition with no known cure. However, the disorder is highly treatable and manageable. After seeking proper treatment options, your quality of life will likely improve.
Treatment options for ADHD vary by the condition’s subtype, the individual’s symptoms and their age, but they primarily include behavior management, medications and psychotherapy. Cognitive behavior therapy for ADHD works best for most people as far as managing the condition is concerned. It involves teaching the patient, particularly children, coping skills and how to help both the patient and their support system make sure they have the tools needed for success.
However, in severe cases, the psychiatrist may prescribe medications if the effects of the disorder are not manageable within the patient’s daily life anymore. Appropriate medications include stimulants such as methylphenidate and amphetamines and non-stimulants such as guanfacine and atomoxetine. These medications work to relieve symptoms and relax the mind. However, children under medication require close monitoring for any side effects. Our on-site testing labs allow our medical professionals to perform genetic tests to accurately prescribe patients safe medications.
ADHD Treatment Options for Children
Treatment options for children with ADHD are similar to those for adults. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends children under the age of six begin treatment for ADHD with behavior management before medication. Behavior management has proven to work, as well as medication in young children. It also helps the parent learn the skills and strategies necessary to help their child.
For school-age children — or children ages 6 and older — the AAP suggests a combination of medication, behavior therapy and parent training in behavior management.
Ultimately, the best ADHD treatment method for a child will vary based on their unique symptoms and circumstances.
Professional ADHD Diagnosis and Treatment in California
If you are concerned you or a loved one might have ADHD, schedule a visit with an ADHD psychiatrist who can diagnose and treat ADHD. While ADHD is a chronic condition, diagnosis is the first step in developing a successful treatment plan.
At Advanced Psychiatry Associates, we provide the treatment options, resources and strategies necessary to help you cope with and manage symptoms of ADHD and live an abundant life. Your comfort is of the utmost importance to us. For this reason, we provide all our services in a private, relaxing outpatient setting. In addition, we accept all major insurances, including Medicare, HMO, Social Security and worker’s compensation. With us, your financial obligations will not be something to worry about. Our number one priority is your or your loved one’s well-being.
If you suspect you or a loved one aged 14 and older might have ADHD, we encourage you to contact us today. You can fill out our contact form or talk to us via live chat. One of our representatives will get back to you right away to establish your next steps.
Book an Appointment With Advanced Psychiatry Associates
If you’re searching for doctors who diagnose ADHD in California, look no further than Advanced Psychiatry Associates. We have the largest facility, with nine clinic locations spread throughout California dedicated to diagnosing and treating all types of mental disorders. We also have an on-site lab for testing all mental health conditions, including ADD and ADHD.
Book an appointment online today to learn more about how we diagnose and treat ADHD or how to get ADHD medication for you or a family member. We look forward to helping you diagnose and manage your ADHD for an improved quality of life.
“I’ve been going here over a year now. I’ve always been treated professionally. Everyone is so nice. My clinicians are courteous and caring. Everyone I’ve dealt with has treated me respectfully while I’ve been learning to deal with my diagnoses. Highly recommend this office!”