ADD/ADHD

  
Definition
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a brain disorder marked by an ongoing pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity-impulsivity that interferes with functioning or development.

Inattention means a person wanders off task, lacks persistence, has difficulty sustaining focus, and is disorganized; and these problems are not due to defiance or lack of comprehension.

Hyperactivity means a person seems to move about constantly, including situations in which it is not appropriate when it is not appropriate, excessively fidgets, taps, or talks. In adults, it may be extreme restlessness or wearing others out with their activity.

Impulsivity means a person makes hasty actions that occur in the moment without first thinking about them and that may have high potential for harm; or a desire for immediate rewards or inability to delay gratification. An impulsive person may be socially intrusive and excessively interrupt others or make important decisions without considering the long-term consequences.

Evaluation
If you believe you may be experiencing ADD/ADHD or symptoms associated with such or if your primary doctor or other mental healthcare provider has suggested you be screened for ADD/ADHD, call our office to inquire about an ADD/ADHD evaluation. Testing and Evaluation are usually performed by a Licensed Psychologist, such as Dr. Fuchs.  The evaluation usually consists of administer testing both specifically for ADD/ADHD and for other relating, interfering or mimicking factors. Dr. Fuchs performs these evaluations, call our office to inquire about an ADD/ADHD Evaluation and scheduling an appointment.

Treatment
Treatment for ADD/ADHD is often a combination of Medication Therapy and Behavioral Therapy. Medication therapy is usually managed by a psychiatrist or your primary care provider. Medications all work differently on different people, your healthcare provider will work to adjust and find the medication that allows the greatest benefit for you. Behavioral Therapy is a form of therapy where you examine your behaviors and modify some of them to help reduce the symptoms associated with ADD/ADHD. Patient education regarding treatment is below along with other helpful resources. 

Resources:

ADD ADHD Patient Education.docx.pdf

My Child Has Been Diagnosed with ADHD.pdf

ADD/ADHD PreAppointment Survey:
Select Dr. Raymond M. Fuchs as clinician, results will be sent to Dr. Fuchs once you have completed survey.
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