ADHD Is a Common, Nondiscriminatory Disorder

The inability to sit and focus on a task or sequence of tasks is a recognizable sign of ADHD, but it’s far from the only symptom. Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder is a common chronic mental health condition that affects an estimated 10% of children. More 50% of children with ADHD will continue to show symptoms into adulthood. 

If you’re living with symptoms of ADHD, Dr. Amir Ahuja, an empathetic and highly experienced psychiatrist, understands that the symptoms of ADHD can damage your personal life, your professional life, and your self-esteem. He can help you manage your symptoms and keep control of your daily life. 

What is ADHD? 

ADHD is a mental health condition that often starts as early as age three, or by age six. The symptoms of ADHD can be easy to spot, but it’s important, always, to get a proper diagnosis from an experienced psychiatrist like Dr. Ahuja. Common symptoms of ADHD include: 

ADHD doesn’t discriminate by race, socioeconomic status, nationality, or gender identity. Though boys are more likely to be diagnosed with ADHD, many girls are also diagnosed every year. 

There isn’t a clear cause for ADHD, but there are a few risk factors for developing the condition, including brain injury, exposure to toxins in the environment, and premature birth. 

There’s also no single test that can determine whether a person has ADHD. When evaluating people who may be affected by the disorder, Dr. Ahuja takes a whole conglomerate of behaviors over the course of several months into consideration for his diagnosis.

The stress of living with ADHD puts these people at a significantly higher risk of depression. Other mental health conditions can be mistaken for ADHD, as well as accompany an ADHD diagnosis:

Children living with ADHD can be misdiagnosed with one or several of the above-listed  conditions, but it’s important to remember that multiple conditions can have overlap with ADHD symptoms. 

Are there different kinds of ADHD? 

ADHD has a spectrum of severity, and Dr. Ahuja offers patients living with the condition an effective combination of treatments tailored to their needs. The three main types of ADHD are:

ADHD can cause academic and social problems in children and young adults, possibly leading to a decline in performance in school, or on the job. Getting in touch with an experienced professional and starting a treatment plan are the best ways to determine your type of ADHD, and learn how to manage it. 

I think I have ADHD. What should I do? 

If you think you may have ADHD, it’s important to get a proper diagnosis as soon as possible. Dr. Ahuja will evaluate your medical and mental health history, as well as any other health issues. After meeting with you and carefully considering your symptoms, he makes recommendations for your treatment. 

ADHD is usually treated with a combination of medicinal and behavioral therapy. Commonly prescribed drugs include stimulants like Adderall or Ritalin, but Dr. Ahuja makes his own recommendations for each individual patient. He may recommend additional therapies depending on the severity of your ADHD symptoms

Treating your ADHD isn’t simply about improving your ability to focus. It’s about helping you to live a comfortable life with healthier relationships and a productive work ethic. If you think you’re living with ADHD and are ready to better manage your symptoms, call Dr. Ahuja at 310-426-8938, or book an appointment online today.   

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