ADHD or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder is a highly genetic, brain-based syndrome that has to do with the regulation of a particular set of brain functions and related behaviors.


What is ADHD?

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common mental disorders affecting children. ADHD also affects many adults. Symptoms of ADHD include inattention (not being able to keep focus), hyperactivity (excess movement that is not fitting to the setting) and impulsivity (hasty acts that occur in the moment without thought). ADHD puts you at increased risk for depression, anxiety disorder, and conduct disorder.

An estimated 5 percent of children and 2.5 percent of adults have ADHD.

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Types of ADHD

People with this get distracted, have poor concentration and organizational skills.

Some common symptoms are:

  • Not paying attention to detail
  • Making careless mistakes
  • Failing to pay attention and keep on task
  • Not listening
  • Being unable to follow or understand instructions
  • Avoiding tasks that involve effort
  • Being distracted
  • Being forgetful
  • Losing things and being messy.

People with this have high problems interrupting and taking risks.

Some common symptoms are:

  • Fidgeting
  • Squirming
  • Getting up often when seated
  • Running or climbing at inappropriate times
  • Having trouble playing quietly
  • Talking too much
  • Talking out of turn or blurting out
  • Interrupting
  • Often “on the go” as if “driven by a motor”

People with the combination type, means that symptoms don’t exclusively fall within the inattention or hyperactive-impulsive behavior. Instead, a combination of symptoms from both of the categories are exhibited.

Most people, with or without ADHD, experience some degree of inattentive or impulsive behavior. But it’s more severe in people with ADHD. The behavior occurs more often and interferes with how you function at home, school, work, and in social situations.


Diagnosing ADHD?

There isn’t a simple test that can diagnose ADHD. Children usually display symptoms before the age of 7. But ADHD shares symptoms with other disorders. Your doctor may first try to rule out conditions like depression, anxiety, and certain sleep issues before making a diagnosis.The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) is used across the United States to diagnose children and adults with ADHD. It includes a detailed diagnostic evaluation of behavior.A person must show at least six of the nine major symptoms for a specific type of ADHD. To be diagnosed with combination ADHD, you must show at least six symptoms of inattention and hyperactive-impulsive behavior. The behaviors must be present and disruptive to everyday life for at least six months.

Quotient ADHD Test

The Quotient ADHD Test objectively measures hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention to aid assessment of ADHD. The test reports micro-motion and analyzes shifts in attention state, helping to engage patients and guardians in the treatment planning process.

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How we treat ADHD?

ADHD, even the most severe cases, can be treated. The earlier that treatment can begin, the more effective it is. ADHD is usually treated with medications, therapy, group, or a combination. If these treatments do not reduce symptoms, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and other brain stimulation therapies may be options to explore. There are also natural ADHD substitutes that can be used.

Quick Tip: No two people are affected the same way by ADHD and there is no “one-size-fits-all” for treatment. It may take some trial and error to find the treatment that works best for you.

Key Benefits of Therapy at Exult

Adolescents are going through high-stress times. At Exult, we have multiple professionals who are licensed in helping your child.

  • Group therapy
  • Individual therapy
  • Access to on-site psychiatrist
  • Providers work together
  • Tailored programs
  • Afternoon and weekend hours
  • Yoga and Mindfulness

Throughout the sessions at Exult, the client will learn impulse control, better focusing, appropriate social behavior.

It is always better to contact your insurance provider before making major health decisions and depending on individual plans, you may have it covered.

Yes, medical therapy is a keystone of treatment and we have a child and adult psychiatrist on staff able to prescribe them.

We offer screenings to determine if you or your child needs therapy.