About 11% of school-age children have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a mental health disorder that affects the ability to pay attention and sit still. If your child has been diagnosed with ADHD or if you still have symptoms yourself in adulthood, Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine in Orland Park, Illinois, can diagnose the type of disorder you have and provide individualized treatment. For more information about ADHD, book an appointment by phone or online today.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a highly common mental health disorder that is often diagnosed during childhood. The condition affects your ability to focus on one task at a time and can make it hard for you to sit still.
Not every child with ADHD is affected by the disorder as an adult. About a quarter of children with ADHD no longer experience the symptoms as an adult. Regardless of your age, ADHD can make it difficult to be productive at work or in school without treatment.
At Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine, the team can help you manage your symptoms with several care approaches.
There are three distinct types of ADHD that cause different symptoms. With every type of the disorder, your attention span is limited, and you might feel reckless or act impulsively. Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine reviews your symptoms and can tell you which type affects you:
With inattentive ADHD, you might make a lot of mistakes in school or work after struggling to pay close attention to details. You might also “zone out” a lot, be forgetful, have trouble staying organized, and be easily distracted.
If you have hyperactive or impulsive ADHD, people might say you’re on the go a lot. You might talk too much, finish people’s sentences as they speak, fidget or squirm a lot, and struggle to wait patiently in a variety of settings and situations.
If you have combined ADHD, you have symptoms of both inattentive ADHD and hyperactive or impulsive ADHD.
At Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine, the team can help you manage your ADHD with an individualized treatment plan and ongoing care. Your personalized treatment plan for ADHD might include:
The goal of ADHD treatment isn’t to alleviate the condition but to help you learn to cope with it and be successful at work, in school, and in your social life.
With regular visits to Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine, the team can monitor your progress, adjust your medication dosages, and modify your treatment plan if it’s not working for you. If you’re in school, the team can coordinate your care with school support to help you learn and complete classroom assignments.
To find out more about ADHD and how you can manage it successfully, call Dr. Susan Rife and Associates Family Medicine or book an appointment online today.