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ADHD

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About ADHD

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects 9% of children and 7% of adults, causing pervasive symptoms that interfere with their ability to succeed at school, work, and home. Serenity Mental Health Centers offer comprehensive care for people of all ages with ADHD. They objectively diagnose ADHD using advanced computer-based testing and develop a customized treatment plan to help you overcome challenges and thrive in every aspect of life. They have locations in the Biltmore, Desert Ridge, and Chandler area of Phoenix and Gilbert, Arizona; Lehi and Holladay, Utah; and Lakewood and Cherry Creek area of Denver, Colorado. Call the office or request an appointment online today.


ADHD Q&A

What is ADHD?

ADHD is a brain disorder characterized by symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. The signs of ADHD typically appear before the age of 12. However, ADHD continues into adulthood for many children or may not develop until adulthood.  

The imbalance in brain chemicals makes it hard for people with ADHD to focus and regulate their emotions and behaviors. As a result, ADHD hinders learning and makes it hard to maintain friendships, hold down a job, and function best.

What symptoms develop due to ADHD?

You may develop inattentive ADHD, hyperactive-impulsive ADHD, or combined ADHD, which means you have symptoms from both categories.

Inattentive ADHD symptoms

Children and adults with this type of ADHD struggle to pay attention, focus on the immediate task, and stay organized. They often miss details, don’t finish tasks, lose things, and tend to make careless mistakes. 

Hyperactive-impulsive ADHD symptoms

The symptoms associated with hyperactive-impulsive ADHD include:

  • Talking excessively

  • Having weak impulse control

  • Being constantly on the go

  • Feeling impatient or restless

  • Having a hard time waiting

  • Interrupting or intruding on others

Children have a hard time sitting at their desks in a classroom, while adults may struggle to sit through a business meeting.

Descriptions of adult symptoms often include constantly running late, being a procrastinator, and feeling bored. Children and adults frequently develop co-occurring disorders such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, and anger management issues.

How is ADHD diagnosed?

Serenity Mental Health Centers uses an objective diagnostic tool called the QbTest®. This computer-based test uses an infrared camera and a headband with an infrared marker to track attention and movement while taking a simple test on the computer.

The QBTest only takes about 15 minutes. The information obtained from the test accurately diagnoses ADHD and the severity of the condition in children, adolescents, and adults.

How is ADHD treated?

The Serenity Mental Health Centers team treats ADHD with medication, psychotherapy, coaching, or a combination of all three. 

The most common medications prescribed for ADHD called stimulants, help people with ADHD stay focused. However, children and adults can receive drugs other than stimulants when needed.

Serenity Mental Health Centers also offers advanced treatments like ketamine therapy and transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Though not FDA-approved for ADHD, both treatments effectively improve ADHD symptoms when traditional medication fails to help.

To get help for ADHD, call Serenity Mental Health Centers or request an appointment online today.

Let’s take the next step together. Schedule an appointment today and let’s work together to help you take back your life.

Serenity Mental Health Centers
Located in Arizona, Utah, and Colorado