Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, a condition also known as ADHD, can reach into adulthood. Narmin Aliji, MD, with 360 Psychiatry in Santa Monica, California, takes a multifaceted approach to managing this condition, including medication, behavioral therapy, and lifestyle changes. Dr. Aliji believes an individual, comprehensive treatment plan works best for her patients who struggle with ADHD, whether they’re children or adults.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a chronic neurodevelopmental mental disorder that affects both children and adults. Put simply, it involves difficulty controlling behavior that’s appropriate for the person's age. Children with ADHD, for example, have trouble paying attention and focusing on detailed tasks and instruction. They may be hyperactive and usually very impulsive. By adulthood, most people learn to sit and concentrate on the tasks required of them, but when ADHD persists, this can remain a problem for an adult struggling with the disorder.
It’s believed that ADHD typically starts in childhood for many adults with the condition, though it may not be diagnosed until adulthood. Specialists in the field such as Dr. Aliji can spot the signs of ADHD regardless of the patient's age and can create strategies to manage the symptoms.
There are three subtypes for ADHD. Determining the subtype helps Dr. Aliji develop a working care plan for her patients with ADHD. These are:
Like many mental health conditions, the cause is unknown. There are likely a number of factors including:
You or your child may be more at risk of developing ADHD if you have any of theses factors :
ADHD is a complex condition, so the symptoms vary from person to person. Some common characteristics of this disorder include: