Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health disorder found in both children and adults. While ADHD symptoms vary from patient to patient, they often cause an abnormally high level of hyperactive and impulsive behavior, as well as difficulty focusing or sitting still for long periods of time. In addition, ADHD and learning disorders like it can make processing information difficult, resulting in frustration, confusion, and a decrease in overall quality of life.
Mental health struggles like ADHD and other learning disorders can keep you or loved ones from enjoying life to the fullest. That’s why Foundation Psychiatry is proud to provide treatment for ADHD in adults. Our well-rounded approach utilizes both psychotherapy and medication, and our board-certified psychiatry team is available to take appointments for therapy in Atlanta now.
If you or a loved one is struggling with ADHD symptoms, it’s important to know that help is available. If you’re ready to address your symptoms and receive care from the top ADHD psychiatrist Atlanta has to offer, contact Foundation Psychiatry to schedule your flexible appointment today.
There is a common misconception that children outgrow ADHD. This is not the case, and adults who have untreated ADHD that started at a young age will continue to experience many symptoms. Oftentimes, they rely on coping mechanisms for the rest of their lives beause they are undiagnosed or unaware that they may have ADHD. Although Foundation Pyschiatry doesn't offer diagnosing services for children, they've help many adults learn how to live a normal life with ADHD.
Some of the most common symptoms of ADHD include:
Frequently being lost in thought
Forgetting and losing things, even when they’re important to the person
Being talkative to excess, sometimes having difficulty reaching a point or having a filter
Frequently making mistakes that seem “careless” to others
Taking unnecessary risks
Physical clumsiness and difficulty with hand-eye coordination
Frequent mood swings and difficulty regulating the emotions
Not everyone who has ADHD will experience all of these symptoms – in fact, most people live with just a few. It’s also important to remember that ADHD comes in three types, each with distinct symptoms:
Predominantly Hyperactive: Individuals with this type of ADHD fidget and talk a lot. They might jump, run, and climb often with feelings of restlessness and impulsivity. It is hard for this type of person to wait for the right moment to act. They might cut people off, grab things from people, or otherwise speak and act at inappropriate times.
Predominantly Inattentive: This category applies to those who present the symptoms of inattentiveness and lack of focus. Individuals with this type of ADHD have trouble multitasking or following through on tasks, and they likely won’t display signs of hyperactivity at all. These patients can sometimes fall through the cracks because their behavior is not considered “disruptive,” especially in childhood.
Combined Presentation: Some individuals present both of the mentioned types of ADHD.
At Foundation Psychiatry, we provide a multi-pronged approach to treating patients with ADHD and other learning disorders that begins with determining which type of ADHD is affecting you. Once we’ve achieved an accurate diagnosis, we will work alongside you to determine which medication is right for you. A safe, appropriate regimen of medication, alongside behavioral therapy, can help those living with ADHD to alleviate their symptoms, regain control, and live happier, healthier lives.
ADHD, and similar learning disorders, often coincide with other mental health struggles. This phenomenon is known as “comorbidity.” Many patients who live with ADHD also struggle with:
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
If you’ve been diagnosed with ADHD and feel you may have additional mental health concerns, don’t hesitate to bring up your thoughts to your provider. Many patients benefit from a multi-pronged approach to mental health treatment that addresses multiple sources of distress.
While most ADHD medications are well tolerated, some people experience the following common side effects:
Loss of appetite
Heightened anxiety symptoms
If these side effects are having a negative impact on your quality of life, discuss your concerns with your psychiatrist right away. You may need to consider a different dose or another type of medication.
While the cost and copay of your medication for ADHD treatment will depend on your prescription and your insurance provider, most providers do cover generic versions of common ADHD medications. If you have concerns about your coverage, reach out to our team, and we’ll discuss your options with you.
At Foundation Psychiatry, accessible mental health care is an important part of our mission. That’s why we make it simple to schedule an appointment with us. Just use our online scheduling tool to select a time that works for you, and we’ll reach out to finalize your appointment as quickly as possible.