ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)
What is ADHD?
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development. Adult ADHD symptoms can impact school and/or work performance, daily responsibilities, and interpersonal relationships. Patients with ADHD may have other mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, and/ or drug and alcohol abuse.
Symptoms of ADHD may include:
- Inattention: difficulty staying on task, sustaining focus, and staying organized.
- Hyperactivity: extreme restlessness or talking too much
- Impulsivity: acting without thinking or having difficulty with self-control; interrupting others or making important decisions without considering long-term consequences.
Other medical and mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, or a sensory processing disorder can cause symptoms similar to those of ADHD. Neuro Behavioral Centers’ team of therapists, psychiatrists, and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners (PMHNP) uses the clinical guidelines established by the American Psychiatric Association to properly diagnose attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder.
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What are the available treatments for ADHD?
Treatment of ADHD can help reduce symptoms and improve functioning. ADHD treatment includes different behavioral management techniques, medication, working with a coach, mental health counseling as well as education and training on creating a structured environment and behavioral management techniques.
At Neuro Behavioral Center, we offer the following treatment options for ADHD.
Behavioral therapy and psychosocial interventions have been shown to help individuals with ADHD manage symptoms and improve everyday functioning.
Different types of medications can be prescribed for the treatment of ADHD which include the use of stimulants in various formulations (ie, Adderall, Ritalin, Vyvanse, Concerta) and/or non-stimulant medications (Wellbutrin, Strattera, Qelbree, guanfacine, clonidine).
The type and dosage of medications are tailored to each individual by our team of psychiatrists and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners.
Prescription stimulant medications are Schedule II controlled substances by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and have a high potential for abuse which may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence. Even when used as prescribed, they have associated risks including misuse, abuse, and diversion, severe psychological or physical dependence, overdose, sudden death, stroke, heart attack, increased blood pressure and heart rate, seizures, and new or worsening mental or psychiatric problems such as addiction, anger, paranoia, or psychosis.
Neuro Behavioral Center has policies and procedures in place to ensure the safe prescribing of all controlled substances in accordance with the regulatory guidelines set forth by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Board of Registration in Medicine and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
TMS is not FDA-approved for the treatment of ADHD, but there is research suggesting TMS is a safe and effective treatment for ADHD. TMS is currently available at Neuro Behavioral Center.
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) is a non-invasive (non-surgical) treatment presently approved by FDA for medication-resistant depression, OCD, migraines, and smoking session.
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Each person has their own unique thoughts and feelings, as such, an individual evaluation is important for the best treatment outcome. We take most major insurance carriers — including Medicare and Medicaid — so that finances never get in the way of getting the help that you need. If you or a loved one are struggling with depression, call Neuro Behavioral Center at (508) 660-1666 to schedule a consultation or request an appointment online.