Greater Lowell Psychiatric Associates, LLC
Psychiatric & Mental Health Specialists located in North Chelmsford, MA
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) causes poor concentration, impulsive behavior, and is linked to depression and anxiety. It can harm school or work performance and may prevent you from achieving your goals or sustaining healthy personal relationships. Greater Lowell Psychiatric Associates, LLC provides holistic, integrative therapies to address ADHD and help you reach your full potential. If you suspect you or your child may have ADHD, don’t wait to schedule an evaluation with Ronald P. Winfield, MD, by calling the office in North Chelmsford, Massachusetts, today, or making an appointment online.
What is ADD/ADHD?
Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health condition characterized by inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. It’s most frequently diagnosed in children, but many people receive their initial ADHD diagnosis as adults.
In the past, the term attention-deficit disorder, or ADD was used to describe cases where symptoms of hyperactivity weren’t presenting in patients who otherwise exhibited signs of ADHD.
At this time, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) only recognizes ADHD as a diagnosis, and ADD is now considered an outdated term.
What are the symptoms of ADHD?
Symptoms of ADHD are different in adults and children and can vary significantly between individuals.
Some of the most common symptoms of ADHD include:
- Inattention: disorganization, difficulty listening, avoiding mentally demanding tasks
- Hyperactivity: fidgeting, constant movement, excessive talking
- Impulsivity: interrupting, making fast decisions, risky behavior
Children with ADHD often perform poorly at school and may have difficulty with social interactions.
Symptoms may be less severe in adults, but ADHD can still interfere with personal relationships and work performance and can lead to mental health problems and substance abuse. ADHD is associated with an increased risk of depression and anxiety in patients of all ages.
How is ADHD treated?
To diagnose ADHD, your skilled expert at Greater Lowell Psychiatric Associates performs a comprehensive mental health evaluation.
You’ll be asked to provide a detailed health history and to complete an in-depth questionnaire that helps your provider determine if your symptoms indicate that you have ADHD or another condition.
When your evaluation is complete, your provider creates a treatment plan tailored to meet your individual needs. Your custom treatment plan may include:
- Psychotherapy or counseling
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Exposure therapy
- Stimulant medications
- Anti-anxiety and/or antidepressant medications
- Nutritional and lifestyle changes
To schedule an evaluation, call Greater Lowell Psychiatric Associates today or make an appointment online.