Many people, especially children, are now being diagnosed with ADHD. With all the available treatments, it can be difficult for parents to decide the best option for their child. Dr. Amanda Seif is a board-certified psychiatrist with a subspecialty in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She works with children and teenagers that struggle with ADHD.
Whether a child needs to be evaluated or an adult has suffered for years, Dr. Seif can do a thorough assessment to reach a proper diagnosis and also discuss different treatment options suited for the patient.
What Is ADHD?
ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. It is a mental health condition that affects a patient’s behavior and levels of concentration. This condition is most often diagnosed and treated in children at a young age. However, it can also exist in adults who do not receive a proper diagnosis during childhood.
What Are the Symptoms of ADHD?
The most prevalent sign of ADHD is an inability to retain information nor concentrate on everyday tasks. Nonetheless, patients diagnosed with the disease exhibit most or all of the following behaviors:
Symptoms of Attention Deficiency*
- Being easily distracted by noises and surrounding
- Losing/forgetting things
- Inability to pay attention to details
- Difficulty starting things
- Lack of organization and prioritizing
Symptoms of Hyperactivity*
- Difficulty remaining seated or still for a long time
- Talking excessively and at inappropriate times
- Fidgeting and squirming
- Frequently touching and handling objects
- Inability to settle in a quiet environment
Symptoms of Impulsivity
- Beginning work before you have instructions
- Inability to wait in turn or stand in a line
- Interrupting in conversations
- Acting/ reacting before considering the consequences
- Grabbing other people’s belongings
- Making impulsive decisions
*ADHD patients could exhibit symptoms of attention deficiency on their own or combined with symptoms of hyperactivity.
How Do We Treat ADHD?
During the assessment and diagnosis process, Dr. Seif does a full and thorough assessment of the patient. She creates a unique treatment plan for each patient. She will offer all the modalities and treatments available and, along with her patient, make the best choice for them. This may include biofeedback, organizational skills, other educational options, therapy, and medication. Moreover, Dr. Seif makes sure that the treatment plan is easy to implement and is the best choice for the patient.
Treating ADHD without Medication
Some patients are prescribed medication. ADHD medications are either stimulants or non-stimulants. And they are prescribed according to the needs of the patient.
The patient’s family is also an important part of the treatment process. Therefore, Dr. Seif will engage the child’s parents and the patient’s family in the treatment plan. As a result, the family can learn about ADHD thought patterns, as well as techniques to control poor or unhealthy behavior.