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ADHD, short for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is a brain disorder that affects three to five percent of children in the US. ADHD can also be challenging as the children affected by the disorder grow into adults.
There are three main types of ADHD:
The symptoms of ADHD can make things like concentrating and staying on task difficult. If someone you love is showing signs of ADHD in Las Vegas or Henderson, NV, it’s important that they get the treatment or therapy they need in order to thrive. Find a Doctor at your nearest Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican hospital to learn more.
ADHD affects how you concentrate and react in social situations. The symptoms of ADHD appear in different ways for children and adults. In general, the signs and symptoms of ADHD can include:
Researchers are not sure what causes ADHD. Experts think genetic and environmental factors may play a role in one’s increased risk of ADHD. These factors may include:
There are different opinions on how best to treat ADHD. There is no cure for the disorder, but treatment may help control some of the symptoms. Treatment options include medications, behavioral therapy, and psychotherapy.
Doctors prescribe two categories of medicines for ADHD: nonstimulants and stimulants. Nonstimulant drugs can take longer to start working than stimulants. These drugs will stimulate someone without ADHD, but they calm down people who have ADHD. They tend to act quickly. Disadvantages to stimulants include decreased appetite and weight loss, insomnia, and anxiety.
When an ADHD diagnosis comes at a young age, an ADHD specialist can show parents and teachers strategies to help the child change behavior patterns that are interfering with the child’s daily life, social situations, and ability to learn. Older children and adults may benefit from psychotherapy (speaking with a counselor or therapist) to learn how to recognize and manage behavior.
Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican doctors diagnose and treat ADHD in Las Vegas and Henderson, NV as part of our neurological care services.