Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) describes a neurological condition that interferes with executive function. In general, executive function refers to the ability to organize, plan, and execute actions.
This cognitive ability occurs when the brain's frontal lobe communicates with other brain areas that regulate emotions, control impulses, and make decisions. ADHD interferes with this communication within the brain, making it harder to perform tasks that may seem easy to others.
A child or adult who has ADHD often struggles to meet expectations because they can't behave in ways that are expected of them. ADHD impacts every aspect of life, including learning, work performance, self-esteem, and personal relationships.
The official diagnosis of ADHD has three subtypes: inattentive type, hyperactive/impulsive type, and combined type.
People with ADHD have unique, valuable gifts to offer, but their symptoms often prevent them from achieving their goals.
All children exhibit inattentiveness and hyperactive behavior at times. If this behavior interferes with their ability to function in daily life, consider an ADHD evaluation. General signs and symptoms of ADHD include:
ADHD continues into adulthood, and many adults go undiagnosed for years. Teens and adults with ADHD have a higher risk of substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and other mental health conditions.
Because ADHD affects everyone differently, a customized treatment plan allows you or your child to develop personalized tools to manage ADHD symptoms and restore self-confidence. During your first appointment at FamilyTime Centers, Dr. Kaufman performs a comprehensive evaluation to identify your specific needs.
Following this assessment, Dr. Kaufman designs a custom treatment plan. This typically involves a combination of psychotherapy techniques, BrainPaint® neurofeedback, eye movement desensitization and reprogramming (EMDR), and other effective interventions.
To help family members cope with the challenges of ADHD, FamilyTime Centers offers free group psychoeducational classes for families of Dr. Kaufman's ADHD patients.
If ADHD symptoms make life difficult for you or your child, call FamilyTime Centers today or book an appointment online.