More than six million children in the United States struggle with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and many carry the neurodevelopmental condition into adulthood. At Hope Mental Health, Satu H. Woodland, PMHCNS-BC, APRN, and Cody Haas, PMHNP-BC, APRN, offer integrative treatment options for kids (and adults) with ADHD in the Boise, Idaho, area. To learn more about your options when it comes to managing ADHD, please call or request a consultation using the online scheduling tool.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common childhood mental health issues, touching the lives of an estimated 8.4% of children. But the condition is often carried over into adulthood, affecting 2.5% of adults in the US.
ADHD tends to affect boys more than girls, and the condition is usually first noticed when kids enter school and are unable to pay attention or sit still, though this may be oversimplifying the problem. As a neurodevelopmental disorder, the problem runs much deeper than simply being bored or overly active.
Because of the complexity of ADHD, there’s been some confusion about diagnosing the problem in the past. Today, criteria have been set forth by the mental health community to better define ADHD.
To wit, the presence of six (five for adults) or more symptoms in both the inattentive and hyperactivity categories that last for six months or more are typically the basis for an ADHD diagnosis. While it’s too lengthy to list out all of the signs of ADHD here, the following is a sample of symptoms under each category.
Under this category, you may find behaviors such as:
While not comprehensive, this list represents the major signs of inattentiveness.
The second aspect of ADHD includes:
This side of ADHD is far more physical and action-oriented. It's important to note, that just because you have many of these symptoms doesn’t mean the diagnosis of ADHD will stick. There are other conditions that cause these same symptoms such as the mood disorders, anxiety, thyroid issues and others. A good diagnostician will be able to tease the most correct diagnosis out.
If you or your child is struggling with ADHD, the team at Hope Mental Health offers solutions for both kids and adults. After a thorough evaluation to determine whether ADHD is in play, the team uses a holistic and integrative approach to the problem, which may include a combination of prescription medications and psychotherapy, namely cognitive behavioral therapy.
If you’d like to learn more about the treatment options for ADHD or ADD, please call Hope Mental Health or request a consultation using the online booking feature.