What causes ADHD?

Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a chronic behavioral condition that often begins in childhood. ADHD can make it difficult for your child to focus and can last well into adulthood. It isn’t always known why some children develop ADHD, although medical researchers find that an interaction between the following factors can increase a child’s risk:

  • Certain genetic traits
  • Low birth weight
  • Brain injuries or trauma
  • Exposure to cigarette smoke or alcohol during pregnancy

In some cases, ADHD can even occur because of exposure to environmental toxins at a young age, including lead.

Are there signs of ADHD in children?

Yes. ADHD can cause your child to display a series of signs, patterns, and behaviors that aren’t desirable. Some of the most common signs and symptoms of ADHD include:

  • Difficulty paying attention
  • Acting impulsively
  • Being overactive
  • Losing essential daily tools, like pencils or books
  • Avoiding schoolwork or other tasks that involve sustained mental focus

You could also notice that your child fidgets or squirms a lot while sitting, or that they get up and move around a lot when they’re supposed to stay seated — like at school. These behaviors not only affect your child’s schooling and education, but they can even affect their ability to make friends and communicate effectively with others.

What are adult ADHD symptoms?

Adults with ADHD present symptoms differently from symptoms experienced by children. For example, adults may:

  • Have trouble concentrating and not show attention to detail
  • Be disorganized and frequently misplace items
  • Demonstrate poor time-management skills and be consistently late

You may also experience other seemingly unrelated issues and concerns, including:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Impulsiveness
  • Anger management issues
  • Mood swings
  • Problems at work or school
  • Low motivation

Each person experiences ADHD differently. These symptoms and others may have a significant effect on your life, no effect on your life, or something in between.

How is ADHD treated?

The dedicated team at LifeStance Health spends time evaluating you or your child to get a thorough diagnosis. Once they understand you or your child’s strengths and weaknesses, they put together a tailored care plan.

ADHD therapy and treatment for children can include:

  • Learning routines
  • Refocusing energy
  • Emphasizing good behaviors
  • Focusing on tasks for short periods

ADHD therapy for adults may include:

  • Biofeedback
  • Guided imagery
  • Energy medicine
  • Bodywork
  • Yoga
  • Customized nutritional and herbal supplements
  • Dietary changes

Find a solution for ADHD with help from the team at LifeStance Health. Schedule an evaluation online today or call the office to book an appointment.