Midwest Neurology Associates, P.C.
Neurologist and Pain Management Specialist located in Dyer, IN
It was once believed that attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) was a condition that only affected children. It’s now known that ADHD continues into adulthood, which can affect your personal and professional life. The experienced neurology team at Midwest Neurology Associates, P.C., in Dyer, Indiana, specializes in the diagnosis and management of ADHD in children and adults and can devise a plan to help reduce your struggles. Call the office, to schedule an appointment today.
ADHD Q & A
What is ADHD?
ADHD is a chronic medical condition that affects brain development and activity, which may impair your ability to pay attention or maintain self-control. ADHD is common and usually develops during childhood. It was once believed that children grew out of ADHD, but researchers now know that isn’t the case.
In children, ADHD affects school performance and may lead to increased absenteeism. Though adults may be able to manage their ADHD, it can affect personal and professional relationships. Without proper treatment, ADHD can lead to other mental health conditions, such as depression or anxiety.
What are the signs of ADHD?
The most common signs of ADHD include hyperactivity, impulsivity, and difficulty paying attention. These signs may show up in many ways, such as:
- Child not able to sit in their chair during a lecture
- Talking nonstop
- Blurting out answers
- Interrupting when someone else is speaking
- Difficulty following conversations or lectures
- Inability to follow instructions
- Difficulty completing work
- Poor organizational skills
- Always losing items
- Easily distracted
Although ADHD is often associated with poor school performance, the condition can manifest itself in other ways. Those with ADHD who succeed in school may internalize their ADHD symptoms, which leads to fear of failure, extreme anxiety, panic attacks, and other problems that arise because of hyper-focus. In turn, the anxiety and worry caused by your ADHD may affect sleep and make you think that you’ll never feel normal.
How is ADHD diagnosed?
There is no single test to diagnose ADHD. If you or your child are exhibiting signs of ADHD, the experienced neurology team at Midwest Neurology Associates can conduct an evaluation and review your symptoms and concerns to determine a diagnosis.
How is ADHD managed?
There is no cure for ADHD, but there are treatments that can help you manage the symptoms that affect your day-to-day life. Treatment for ADHD usually includes:
- Education for family
It’s estimated that as many as 75% of adults with ADHD never get diagnosed or treated. Not being diagnosed properly can lead to the development of other mental health issues and affect your personal and professional life.
If you have concerns about ADHD for you, your child, or a loved one, contact Midwest Neurology Associates by phone or online today to schedule an appointment.