Fidgety? Restless? Distracted? If this sounds like you — or a loved one — you may be showing the signs of attention deficit disorder (ADD), also known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Perhaps it’s time to learn about the integrative health options for ADD available from board-certified family practice physician Shruja Patel, MD, and her expert team at Complete Care Physicians in Houston, Texas. Take a step to improve your well-being by calling or scheduling a consultation online today to see if you are a good candidate for testing.
One of the most common childhood conditions, attention deficit disorder (ADD) is a mental health ailment. You may also hear it called attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
ADD typically begins when you’re young, but both children and adults can have ADD. Up to half of adults who had ADD as a kid continue to have at least one symptom as an adult.
Your ADD won’t necessarily look like someone else’s form of the disorder. This makes ADD hard to diagnose and treat.
If you have ADD, you probably have a tough time focusing and avoiding distractions. It’s likely difficult for you to get your work done and take care of daily activities.
Inattention and impulsivity are common symptoms. Other symptoms include:
There’s no single test for ADD. To diagnose you, the trained practitioners at Complete Care Physicians perform a medical exam, asking about your family history and any medical issues. They want to rule out other conditions that might look like ADD.
In the case of your children, they talk to you about how your child is faring at home and in school, and ask teachers, babysitters, and coaches about your child’s behavior.
ADD is often treated with prescription medicines, such as stimulants, which improve the symptoms of ADD by increasing and balancing out brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. These stimulants are known by the brand names Dexedrine, Adderall, Vyvanse, Ritalin, and so on.
Behavioral treatments and counseling help to identify triggers for ADD symptoms and provide strategies to change your behaviors to improve your day-to-day well-being.
Nutrition plays a key role in addressing and improving the symptoms of ADD in children and adults. Science suggests children with ADD have low levels of essential fatty acids, and diets rich in leafy vegetables, whole grains, bean, lean meat, and fish might improve ADD-related behaviors.
If you or a loved one is struggling with ADD, perhaps it’s time to create a treatment plan for optimal health to combat the symptoms of ADD. Call the caring experts at Complete Care Physicians today or schedule your consultation using the online booking tool.