More than 6 million children in the United States have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). For most children and adults with ADHD, medication is the most effective treatment. At Fulshear Family Medicine, serving Fulshear, and Katy, Texas, Heidi Schultz, MD, and Bin Sung, MD, FAAP, specialize in the management of ADHD, including finding the right medication that improves the overall management of the neurodevelopmental condition. To schedule an appointment, call the office or click the online booking button today.
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder. It’s commonly diagnosed during childhood, but the symptoms often continue into adulthood.
Researchers are still investigating what causes someone to develop ADHD. However, it’s believed genetics play a role in the development of the disorder.
Difficulty paying attention, not being able to sit still, and impulsive behavior are common symptoms of ADHD. However, symptoms can vary and ADHD is classified into types based on the most dominant symptoms. These types include:
Difficulty paying attention, following directions, and poor organization are common symptoms of those with predominantly inattentive ADHD. People with this type of ADHD are also easily distracted and may forget details of their daily routine.
Symptoms of predominantly hyperactive-impulsive ADHD include restlessness and impulsive behaviors. For those with this type of ADHD, they may have a hard time waiting their turn, are more prone to injury and tend to speak over others.
If the ADHD symptoms are equally inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive, then the neurodevelopmental disorder is classified as combined presentation.
ADHD symptoms can change over time, so the type may change along with the symptoms.
There is no special test that can diagnose ADHD. The team at Fulshear Family Medicine conducts a comprehensive evaluation to confirm a diagnosis. During the evaluation, the team reviews symptoms and behaviors, as well as family and medical history. The team also conducts a comprehensive physical exam to rule out other causes of the symptoms.
If needed, the team may refer you to a psychiatrist or neurodevelopmental specialist to complete tests and confirm a diagnosis.
Treatment for ADHD includes a combination of behavioral therapy and medication. The medical team at Fulshear Family Medicine assists with medication management for ADHD. These medications help manage symptoms and include:
Stimulants are the most effective medication for the management of ADHD. They work by increasing dopamine levels in the brain to improve thinking and attention. Stimulants are effective immediately.
If stimulant medications cause too many side effects, the team at Fulshear Family Medicine may suggest nonstimulants. These medications also improve focus, thinking, and attention. However, they don’t work as quickly as stimulants.
The team at Fulshear Family Medicine works closely with you to find the right medication and dose so you or your child get the most benefits.
To schedule an appointment to discuss ADHD and your treatment options, call Fulshear Family Medicine or click the online booking button today.