Pay Attention to Your Charleston Doctor: A Brief Overview of ADD & ADHD

By Health First on January 20, 2012 in ADD, ADHD, Attention & Focus

We can all seemingly suffer from an inability to focus or pay attention to topics at hand or in moments of conversation.  However, how do you truly know when you might have a chronic inability to focus?  How do you know if you are suffering from ADD or ADHD? 

What is ADD or ADHD?

ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is also known as ADD, or Attention Deficit Disorder, and both are forms or conditions that affect the mind or brains ability to focus and maintain consistent patterns of behavior for extended periods of time.  For example, individuals that suffer from ADD or ADHD, might experience problems with focusing on specific tasks for extended periods of time, problems with organizational and time management skills, difficulty following directions, and they may also struggle with setting goals and carrying out actions to fulfill them.  According to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), 3% to 5% of children suffer from ADHD.  The disorder can also continue into adolescence and adulthood.

What are the symptoms?

As with any condition, the symptoms vary by individual, and you should definitely make an appointment with us, even if you merely want to talk through your suspicions regarding ADD or ADHD and why you think you may suffer from the disorder.  Nevertheless, here are some of the symptoms associated with ADD and/or ADHD:

  • Inattention
    • Individual may be easily distracted
    • Unable to follow directions from start to finish
    • Forgetful about routine activities
    • Poor organizational skills
  • Hyperactivity & Impulsivity
    • Constant inability to sit still and has difficulty being quite and immobile for long periods of time
    • Often interrupts conversation or processes
  • In Adults, you may witness the following:
    • Chronic mismanagement of time and schedule
    • Employment problems
    • Impulsiveness
    • Chronic boredom
    • Anxiety and depression
    • Procrastination

As you can see, merely judging from the symptoms is not enough to give you an accurate answer as to whether or not you suffer from ADD or ADHD.  If you are struggling to focus, and it is affecting your life or your ability to hold employment, then you should come by Health First.

We offer time-tested methods of assessment to provide you with a true diagnosis regarding your ability to focus.   The tests we employ are certified ways to understand if you are dealing with ADD or ADHD.   We want all of our patients to experience life to the fullest, and we strive to provide them with appropriate regimens and medications to move them in this direction.  If you think you suffer from ADD or ADHD, come by Health First today and we’ll help you get an answer!