Have you often wondered if you might be struggling with ADHD? Ask yourself the following questions:
- Do you have a hard time sitting still or focusing on a difficult task?
- Do you often fidget or pace around the room?
- Does your attention span feel exceptionally short?
- Do you have the constant need to move?
- Do you find yourself rereading sections in a book because you can’t stop your mind from wandering?
If you find yourself experiencing one or more of the above, you could be exhibiting symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
ADHD affects adults and children of any age but it’s so often misunderstood. In order to help diagnose and treat ADHD symptoms, it’s a good idea to seek the help of a licensed ADHD psychiatrist.
At Thriveworks, our mental health professionals specialize in the treatment of ADHD in both children and adults. We can help you understand the symptoms you’re experiencing and devise a treatment plan to gain more control over your life.
If you think that you or your child might have ADHD, contact our office at Thriveworks in Annapolis, MD for assessment, diagnosis and treatment.
What Are Common ADHD Symptoms?
In pop culture, some people have a habit of using ADHD to label or describe behaviors that appear scattered, disorganized, or distracted. ADHD, however, is a defined mental health disorder, one that requires real understanding.
Symptoms aren’t necessarily the same, in either appearance or severity, among those with ADHD. Psychiatrists use a defined set of criteria, written in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, to lead them to their diagnosis of ADHD.
The criteria place ADHD symptoms in three categories: inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Here are some signs of inattention used to diagnose ADHD:
- Difficulty following instructions
- Unable to pay attention to details or making careless mistakes
- Becoming frustrated by difficult tasks
- Misplacing items (cell phones, keys) or forgetting to pay bills or keep appointments
- Unable to organize thoughts or objects
- Being distracted or not listening when being addressed
- Appearing overly preoccupied with trivial thoughts or objects
Symptoms of ADHD also are grouped under the umbrella of hyperactivity and impulsivity. Common signs of these include the following:
- Fidgeting often with hands or feet
- An inability to sit still for long periods or when it’s expected
- Difficulty working or playing quietly
- Excessive talking or a habit of interrupting others
- Becoming anxious about waiting in line or taking turns
- A feeling of having to move constantly
- An intense sense of restlessness (e.g. your children might run around constantly)
Under DSM-5 requirements, children must show at least six of the defined symptoms to be diagnosed with ADHD. For people 17 and older, the diagnostic requirement is five symptoms.
To see whether you might be exhibiting symptoms of ADHD, consider making an appointment at Thriveworks in Annapolis, MD.
What Does an ADHD Psychiatrist Do?
If ADHD is left untreated, it can lead to various long-term problems: depression, family stress, delinquency, school or career issues, and so on. This is where ADHD psychiatrists come in.
No singular test exists for diagnosing ADHD in a foolproof way. Instead, psychiatrists rely on their medical knowledge and a comprehensive set of diagnostic procedures to diagnose ADHD on a case-by-case basis.
Evaluations begin with a thorough interview process. For children showing symptoms, that process may include interviews with parents and teachers. To complete a profile, psychiatrists observe a client’s symptoms and chart them using a series of standardized tools. Physical exams or blood tests might be required to rule out other causes of the symptoms. Your psychiatrist may need more than one appointment to complete this process.
After diagnosis, your psychiatrist can tailor treatment to your situation. Multiple therapy methods have proven useful in treating ADHD, including behavioral therapy and prescription medication, often used together. Early intervention and the right combination of therapy and stimulant medications can help lead to a successful treatment for ADHD.
If you’d like to learn more about ADHD diagnosis and treatment options, call Thriveworks in Annapolis, MD.
Schedule an Appointment With an ADHD Psychiatrist in Annapolis, MD
If you’re considering treatment for ADHD, Thriveworks is here to help. We make the process as stress-free as possible.
Thriveworks offers convenient evening and weekend appointments to fit your schedule. New clients can often see a provider within 24-48 hours of their first call. We offer online consultations as well, allowing you to meet with a psychiatrist without leaving the comfort of your home.
Thriveworks accepts many major insurance plans and offers additional enrollment benefits, such as counselor-moderated community discussion boards and tutorials with information and inspiration. Further benefits include the following:
- A flexible cancellation policy
- Advice available by phone or mail
- Life coaching
- Free access to our eBook, “Leaving Depression Behind”
- A phone app to enhance your experience
Are you struggling with adult ADHD symptoms or think your child may have ADHD? Call today to request an appointment with a Thriveworks ADHD psychiatrist in Annapolis, MD.