Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
What is ADHD?
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is a condition that affects the areas of the brain that
help us to control impulses, concentration, and organization skills. ADHD is one of the most common conditions in children causing brain disorders and can continue through adolescence and adulthood. Research and studies have shown that this condition can be treated with medications, different types of psychotherapy, and other support if diagnosed in early.
Dr. Ronald R. Fieve and associates are specialists in ADHD in Florida and New York. Although there is currently no cure for this disorder our office has helped patients for over 50 years with different types of treatments so they can be successful in school and manage productive lives and become very successful.
There are many symptoms associated with ADHD. There are 3 major groups that help diagnosis ADHD are:
- Often fails to pay close attention to details or makes erroneous mistakes in school, at work, or performing day to day activities
- Often struggles in maintaining continuous attention in tasks or play activities (e.g.,complication with maintaining focus during lectures, conversations, or lengthy reading)
- Often does not seem to listen or pay attention when spoken to directly (e.g., mind seems elsewhere, even when there is absence of any straight forward distraction)
- Often does not follow instructions and fizzles to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties at work (e.g., starts tasks but quickly loses focus and is easily distracted)
- Often struggles organizing tasks and activities (e.g., difficulty managing consecutive tasks; difficulty keeping materials and personal belongings in order; messy, unsystematic at work; has poor time management; has complications in meeting deadlines)
- Often avoids, disapproves, or is hesitant to engage in tasks that require continuous mental effort (e.g., schoolwork or homework; generating reports, completing forms, reading and studying lengthy papers)
- Often misplaces things necessary for day to day tasks or duties (e.g., paperwork, pens, books, tools, wallets, keys, glasses, cell phone)
- Is often easily distracted by extraneous stimuli (for older adolescents and adults, may include unrelated thoughts)
- Is often careless in daily activities (e.g., doing daily chores, performing general errands; returning phone calls, finances, paying bills timely, remembering appointments)
- Often squirms with or taps hands or feet or fidgets in seat
- Often leaves seat early when meeting or lecture are still underway (e.g., leaves his or her seat in the classroom, in the office or other workplace, or in other situations that require attendance)
- Often blows things out of proportion or acts out of emotion
- Often unable to be a team player or engage in relaxing activities without moving
- Is often “always running,” acting as if “driven by a machine” (e.g., uncomfortable being still for a certain time, restless in restaurants, meetings; may be experienced by others as being antsy or difficult to control oneself)
- Often talks unreasonably and in excess
- Often interrupts before a question has been completed (e.g., completes people’s thoughts and sentences; impatient and cannot wait for turn in conversation)
- Often has difficulty waiting in line or his or her turn
- Often interrupts conversations, games, or activities; does not ask to use other people’s things without receiving permission; may invade into others activities and take over
- Shows patterns of both inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive types
ADHD Neuropsychological Testing:
The requirements of our office is to have a recent physical, bloodwork and EKG within the last three months along with ADHD neuropsychological testing which provides objective and reliable measures of attention and impulsivity that the practitioner can use along with history, interviews, behavior ratings and symptom checklists to accurately diagnose and treat attention disorders. We will not prescribe medication unless all of the above is administered and received by our office confirming your ADHD diagnosis. For more information please call our office with any questions you may have.
If you feel that you might be suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, please call our office to schedule a consultation at (212) 249-1600 with one of our associates.