Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, is a mental disorder that most commonly affects children. However, ADHD can still have a significant impact on one’s life throughout their teenage years and even into adulthood. The symptoms of ADHD may vary from person to person, which makes it difficult for many patients to find the right treatment option for this affliction. Traditionally, doctors have been treating ADHD through medication, but this method is an outdated quick fix that does not take into account every aspect of the affliction. Let’s dive into the most common symptoms of ADHD and discuss what kinds of treatment methods may work best for you or your child.
The Common Symptoms of ADHD
Due to the fact that there are a multitude of symptoms, ADHD can be difficult to accurately define. To make the disorder more manageable, the symptoms of ADHD can be categorized into a few very specific groups:
- Impulse Control
The symptoms that fall under these categories may be very different in kids with ADHD as opposed to adults with ADHD.
Focus-Related Symptoms of ADHD
It is completely natural for children to be inattentive at times. Your child may lack focus from time to time, but that does not always mean they are exhibiting symptoms of ADHD. When their inattention starts to consistently impede their ability to complete basic tasks, it may be worthwhile to seek the insights of a professional ADHD spectrum test. Your child may be struggling with ADHD if they display some of the following symptoms:
- Being easily distracted
- Doesn’t pay close attention to details
- Makes careless mistakes on a consistent basis
- Has trouble listening to and following directions
- Will start tasks, but quickly loses focus and interest
- Avoids tasks that require sustained mental effort
- Often loses or misplaces items
These symptoms are not limited to just children and teenagers. Many adults will exhibit variations on these symptoms throughout a typical workday. Adults with ADHD may constantly need to redo their work, misplace their phone, or start working on a responsibility only to get quickly distracted and leave it uncompleted.
Hyperactivity-Related Symptoms of ADHD
The hyperactivity symptoms of ADHD are much easier to spot than the focus-related symptoms. Teachers and school peers alike can easily spot when a child is being hyperactive in class. While adults may have gotten a better handle on their hyperactivity over the years, they’ll still exhibit some of these symptoms throughout the day. These are some of the more common hyperactivity symptoms of ADHD to look out for:
- Constantly fidgeting or squirming
- Excessive talking
- Struggle to stay seated
- Seems to be always “on the go”
- Has difficulty playing quietly
In a classroom, the teacher will usually try to resolve these hyperactive outbursts through instruction or reprimands. If these kinds of activities continue after those interventions, then they can be considered symptoms of ADHD. Some of these symptoms can tend to overlap a bit with the next category: impulse control.
Impulse-Related Symptoms of ADHD
Those with ADHD struggle to control their impulses. Sometimes, all it takes is a certain thought or stimulus to spark an impulsive behavior in your child. Those with ADHD really do not have much control over their impulses to speak or become active. Children with ADHD will usually have a few common impulsivity problems:
- Constantly interrupting others
- Struggling to wait for their turn
- Blurting out their opinions and comments
- Running, moving, or climbing when it is inappropriate
When these interruptions happen, teachers and parents might scold or instruct the child to curb those behaviors. If those impulsive behaviors persist, then your can positively correlate those behaviors with symptoms of ADHD.
As we grow older, those with ADHD learn how to grapple with their condition and they might gain better control over their impulsivity. We can still identify some ADHD symptoms in teens and adults though. These symptoms can manifest in a number of ways and may be misdiagnosed as other emotional or developmental problems. These could include:
- Anxious behaviors
- Poor planning and time management abilities
- Low self-esteem
- Mood swings
- Substance abuse
- Relationship problems
The first step to treating ADHD is recognizing some of the symptoms that you or your child may have. Rather than sticking with the common ADHD treatment of medication, explore the possibilities that our cutting-edge treatments can provide for you.
How We Approach Treating ADHD In Denver
Before we dive into our methods, let’s make one thing very clear about ADHD. Like many other conditions associated with the brain, there is currently no comprehensive cure for ADHD. Mental disorders are not diseases, rather they are individual impediments that may make normal activities a bit harder for those that are afflicted. While there may be no end-all cure for ADHD, the symptoms of ADHD can be tempered, managed, and alleviated through our innovative and cutting-edge techniques.
To effectively treat the symptoms of ADHD, we take the time to fully assess and analyze the focus-related disorder in each individual patient. Once our clinicians have completed their thorough review, we will implement a variety of innovative practices, like Neurofeedback, to redirect unwanted behaviors into healthy habits.
If you or your child have been diagnosed with ADHD and want to naturally treat your condition without medication, then it’s time to speak with the experts at McWhorter CNR, Denver's leading health and wellness clinic. Contact our behavioral experts today for an initial consultation and you’ll start down the right path to effectively treating ADHD.