Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most commonly diagnosed mental health disorders in children, teenagers, and adults, but misunderstandings surrounding the condition can leave individuals without the support they deserve. At Aloha Integrative Health in San Diego, California, the experienced mental health team takes a holistic approach to care that focuses on managing your ADHD symptoms and improving your daily function. Call the practice today or schedule an appointment online to learn more.

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What is ADHD, and are there different types?

ADHD is a common neurodevelopmental disorder that causes periods of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. While usually diagnosed during childhood, ADHD can affect your daily function and productivity well into adulthood.

The three most common types of ADHD are:

Predominantly inattentive

People with inattentive ADHD are easily distracted, struggle to focus, and often “zone out.”

Predominantly hyperactive/impulsive 

The least common type, predominately hyperactive/impulsive ADHD, makes sitting still difficult. Individuals with this type may make impulsive decisions and feel the constant need to move.

Combined type

Combined ADHD means you have symptoms of both types. It’s the most common form of the condition.

What are the symptoms of ADHD?

ADHD presents differently in everybody. While some people feel restless and hyperactive, others experience severe brain fog. Understanding the type of ADHD you have can help shed light on your specific symptoms.

Common signs of ADHD include:

  • Forgetfulness
  • Difficulty sitting for long periods
  • Interrupting others
  • Problems with organization
  • Excessive talking
  • Trouble holding attention during tasks and activities
  • Work avoidance
  • Daydreaming
  • Feeling easily distracted
  • Poor attention to detail

The symptoms of ADHD can change with age. Partnering with a mental health specialist that understands your needs and treatment goals is essential for successful care.

What is the root cause of ADHD?

Researchers don’t know the exact cause of ADHD, but they do believe that genetics are a primary factor. Risk factors for ADHD include:

  • Low birth weight
  • Tobacco use during pregnancy
  • Environmental exposures
  • Premature delivery
  • Drinking during pregnancy

While many social factors, such as parenting methods and screen time, don’t cause ADHD, they can worsen symptoms.

How do you test for ADHD?

The Aloha Integrative Health team performs a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation to diagnose ADHD. They review your medical and family history, discuss your symptoms, and look at any medications you take to make an accurate diagnosis. The team also gives you questionnaires to determine whether your symptoms align with the diagnostic criteria for ADHD.

I have ADHD. What are my treatment options?

Treating ADHD requires a multifaceted approach that may include any of the following:

  • Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Medication
  • Nutritional management
  • Lifestyle changes
  • Physical activity
  • Quality sleep

Aloha Integrative Health provides comprehensive care for ADHD to relieve your symptoms and improve your daily function. Call the office today or schedule an appointment online to get the care you deserve.