Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) is also referred to as Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD). Eight million people in the United States are believed to have some form of ADHD. Treatments can be effective in managing the symptoms of ADHD.

Dr. Brendel’s Experience with Attention Deficit Disorder Treatment

Throughout 2020, there has been an escalating “mental health pandemic” running in parallel with the Covid-19 pandemic. So many people in the U.S. and around the world are struggling with unprecedented levels of stress and anxiety related to concerns about health, work, schooling, and social relationships. These challenges often outstrip people’s ability to cope and can either cause or exacerbate ADHD. The symptoms can include problems with mental focus, concentration, and task completion. All of this can worsen people’s work performance and productivity, whether they are in challenging jobs or in school. Remote work, often by video conference, can be especially difficult for some people with ADHD.

Drawing on my experience as a psychiatrist who has specialized in ADHD for the past two decades, I am supporting patients to navigate through these difficult times with a combination of treatments which can include medications, executive function coaching, and various wellness strategies such as mindfulness work.

I have treated adult patients with ADD for several years. There are a number of therapeutic approaches to ADD that have been to shown to be effective in helping patients manage the symptoms of this disease.

As an experienced Psychiatrist nearby in the Boston-area, I know I can help you or your loved one. Book an appointment online with ZocDoc, contact me today via telephone on (617) 932-1548 or email ForPatients@DrDavidBrendel.com.

Types of ADHD

ADHD is a common childhood disorder that persists into adulthood for one third to one half of people diagnosed with it. There are three types of ADHD: predominately hyperactive-impulse, predominantly inattentive, and combined hyperactive-impulsive and inattentive. Doctors diagnose the type of ADHD based on the number of symptoms present in each category.

Symptoms of ADHD

Symptoms vary by type of ADHD. For predominantly inattentive ADHD, typical symptoms for the person include being easily distracted, missing details, and frequently switching between activities. He may also have difficulty focusing his attention on just one thing and may become bored with a task after only a few minutes –and this happens repeatedly. Inattention may also be seen in difficulty organizing a new task, or completing a task, and the results may be seen in school and in the workplace in the formof failed or incomplete assignments. People with inattention ADHD often lose things needed to complete their tasks.

The symptoms for people with hyperactive ADHD include a near constant desire to be moving; Persisting fidgeting and squirming; and talking almost nonstop. People with hyperactive ADHD persist in their movements and fidgeting even during times when it is clearly inappropriate and not in their interests to do so, e.g. at school during class or during work. This hyperactivity can make it very difficult for the person to complete tasks at school or at work.

Impulsivity symptoms include a strong degree of impatience even when this is not appropriate for the person at school or at work. Other symptoms can include blurting out inappropriate comments and acting without regard to consequences. People with impulsive ADHD can also display their emotions without appropriate restraint and they can often interrupt other activities and conversations.

Treatments for ADHD

There are a number of treatments that can be effective for patients in managing the symptoms of ADHD. For many patients, a combination of medication, education, and therapy is the most effective.

If you believe that you or someone you care about suffers from ADHD please contact me via email or schedule an appointment online.

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