ADHD is diagnosed in about 11% of children and slightly more than 4% of adults. At any age, untreated ADHD is a disruptive influence that makes it hard to concentrate and accomplish your goals. The team at Dr. Van Tran Family Practice in Houston, Texas specializes in screening for ADHD and developing customized treatment plans that fit work and school schedules. If you’re frustrated by losing things or feeling like your brain never turns off, or you suspect your child has ADHD, call the office in Houston or book an appointment online.
What is ADHD?
ADHD is a neurobiological condition caused by dysfunction in areas of your brain that control attention, motor function, and executive function.
Executive function refers to a group of skills you need to direct your actions, use self-control, and achieve your goals.
ADHD is usually diagnosed in childhood, but it persists into adulthood in 30-70% of children. Additionally, some patients may not get an accurate diagnosis until adulthood.
ADHD is known by three primary symptoms: inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. Adults have the same symptoms as children, but they tend to have more significant problems with executive function.
These are a few examples of typical behaviors found in patients with ADHD:
Hyperactivity and impulsivity:
Both children and adults with ADHD have trouble with their working memory, although that’s one of the primary symptoms in adults.
When you can’t temporarily store information, it’s hard to learn and follow instructions. Lack of working memory also makes it a challenge to plan your actions in order to reach a goal.
Dr. Tran uses a questionnaire to determine whether you or your child have ADHD. Once he confirms a diagnosis, he develops an individualized treatment protocol that works for each person’s work schedule or study habits.
ADHD is primarily treated with medications that stimulate chemicals in the brain that are responsible for attention and thinking. Once your proper dose is determined, you’ll return every three months, so Dr. Tran can evaluate your treatment and make sure you’re on track.
With the right medication protocol, about 90% of children can focus better and ignore distractions, which gives them a boost in confidence and improves their performance at school and at home.
Patients with ADHD often benefit from behavioral therapy. This is especially beneficial for children, because it teaches them how to become more organized and change their dysfunctional habits.
If you or your child has trouble paying attention, call Dr. Van Tran Family Practice or book an appointment online.