Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) causes behavioral and emotional challenges for children and adults. ADHD makes it hard to build friendships and interferes with success at school and work. At the ADHD Institute of Michigan, Sarang Patel, PA-C, and Taylor Hennrick, PA-C, specialize in ADHD. The highly experienced team creates individualized treatment plans that help you manage ADHD and learn the skills needed to reach your full potential. If you or your child struggle with inattention or hyperactivity, call the office in Ann Arbor, Michigan, or use the online booking feature to schedule an in-person or telehealth appointment.
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder that occurs due to an imbalance in brain chemicals. The imbalances reduce activity in specific areas of the brain, and the underperforming areas lead to problems with attention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.
The signs of ADHD typically appear before the age of 12, so most children receive a diagnosis at an early age. However, ADHD can go undiagnosed until the adult years, and for many children, the challenges continue throughout adulthood.
Attention deficit disorder (ADD) was the original diagnosis given to children who struggled to pay attention. However, over decades of treating children with ADD, mental health experts realized that many also had hyperactive and impulsive behaviors. As a result, they combined the three hallmark symptoms into one condition called ADHD.
Your child may have ADHD with inattention symptoms, ADHD with hyperactive and impulsive symptoms, or combined ADHD, which means they have both types:
Children and adults with inattentive ADHD:
ADHD symptoms disrupt all aspects of life, whether at school, work, home, with friends, or during community activities.
Children and adults with hyperactive/impulsive ADHD:
People with ADHD also have a hard time regulating their mood and emotions.
The team at the ADHD Institute of Michigan specializes in using digital and gamified assessments to accurately diagnose ADHD in children of all ages.
ADHD treatment includes medications, psychotherapy, and parent education to better support their child at home.
Stimulant medications boost the brain chemicals needed to regulate attention and thinking processes. In some cases, your provider may prescribe a nonstimulant medication.
Psychotherapy focuses on the emotional and behavioral challenges caused by ADHD. For example, therapy can teach how to get better organized, socialize, manage stress, and control anger.
If you or your child struggle with ADHD, call the ADHD Institute of Michigan or schedule an in-person or telehealth appointment online today.