Adult ADHD/ADD

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ADD/ADHD is a complex disorder, WE SPECIALIZE in evaluating complex disorders

Attention-Deficit-Hyperactivity-Disorder (ADHD) or Attention Deficit-Disorder (ADD), as it is called in adulthood, is a neurobehavioral disorder that affects about 2% of the population.  In other words, the disorder is a combination of neurological (brain) dysfunction that causes behavioral problems.  Research studies continually show that individuals who have  ADD/ADHD evidence “brain malfunction’ in different areas that control attention, learning and memory, and executive functions.  While most children with this disorder “grow out” of their symptoms, many children with ADD/ADHD continue to have trouble through adulthood.

Adults’ symptoms may manifest themselves differently from children’s.

Often the most prominent characteristic in ADD adults is inattention, impulsivity, and restlessness as well as frequently accompanying behavioral, learning, and emotional problems.  Other symptoms observed in adults include problems with executive functioning, which is the brain’s ability to oversee the ability to monitor a person’s own behavior by planning, organizing, correcting and learning from mistakes, and reasoning through tasks.

Adults with hyperactive-impulsive symptoms feel restless and constantly “on the go” as they try to do multiple tasks at once. They are often perceived as not thinking before they act or speak.

There are over 100 reasons/conditions that mimic symptoms of ADD/ADHD, such as mood disorder, personality characteristics, bipolar, other psychiatric or medical conditions, illicit drug use, and medications, to name a few.

This is an easily treatable disorder, but without an accurate diagnosis, a person may spend years or even decades struggling and taking medication that are full of side effects, without any relief.  Without accurate diagnosis, there will not be relief from symptoms. By virtue of training and experience, Neuropsychologists are best qualified in evaluating and treating neurobehavioral disorders, such as ADD.  Without a comprehensive Neuropsychological evaluation/testing, you are seeing half the picture, not the whole.

ADD/ADHD is a complex disorder, WE SPECIALIZE in evaluating and treating complex disorders.  Please call us to schedule consultation for adult ADD testing in Dana Point, Ladera Ranch, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, San Clemente, San Juan Capistrano and beyond  

ARTICLES BY DR KALINIAN

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