Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that causes ongoing problems with inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. At The Potter’s Behavioral Medicine Clinic in Decatur, Stockbridge, Villa Rica and Hiram, Georgia, Omobolaji Oyebanjo-Popoola, MD, and the team are experts at diagnosing and treating learning disorders like ADHD. The team takes a holistic approach, using a number of modalities to help people with the disorder manage their symptoms. Call or book an appointment online to learn more about ADHD care. Telepsychiatry appointments are available.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders in the United States. It affects about 9% of children and teens and 4% of adults in the nation.
As a neurodevelopmental disorder, ADHD occurs because of changes in brain development during early childhood. These changes affect brain structure and function, making it hard for people with ADHD to pay attention, sit still, and control behavior.
Researchers are still investigating what causes ADHD, but they believe there’s a strong genetic link. If you have ADHD, your child is at greater risk of having ADHD too.
ADHD symptoms affect attention and behavior and fall into three distinct categories: inattentive symptoms, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.
Inattentive symptoms make it hard for a person with ADHD to pay attention and focus. They struggle to finish assignments on time, stay organized and have a hard time following conversations.
Hyperactivity makes it hard for the person with ADHD to sit still. They may constantly fidget, stand when they need to sit and feel the need to always be on the go.
Impulsivity is acting without thinking about the consequences. People with ADHD interrupt conversations, talk over people, and answer questions before they’re fully asked.
Everyone struggles with these types of symptoms, but they’re severe in people with ADHD and have major impacts on school, work, and relationships.
The team at The Potter’s Behavioral Medicine Clinic conducts a comprehensive evaluation for ADHD. They use a computer test to diagnose the learning disorder.
First, they ask about symptoms and how the disorder affects daily routines. They review medical and family histories and then administer the test.
The team at The Potter’s Behavioral Medicine Clinic offers many treatment options for ADHD, including Christian-centered therapies. They believe medications aren’t the right choice for everyone with ADHD and offer treatments like biofeedback and nutritional supplements.
They also prescribe medications when appropriate and offer traditional and Christian-based therapy. ADHD affects the whole family, and the team may also suggest family therapy.
To learn more about your ADHD treatment options at The Potter’s Behavioral Medicine Clinic, call or book an appointment online today.