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ADHD services offered in Silver Spring, MD

ADHD, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, is a common childhood disorder that can extend into adolescence and adulthood. At Integrated Health Resources in Silver Spring, Maryland, Ivan Walks, MD, can help adult patients with ADHD manage their condition, so it has a minimal impact on their learning, relationships, and daily life. To schedule a telemedicine consultation, call the office or book an appointment online today.   

What is ADHD? 

ADHD, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, is a brain disorder that interferes with a person’s ability to stay focused and pay attention. Some people with ADHD also have difficulty controlling their behavior and can be hyperactive. 

Attention deficit disorder (ADD) is a term previously used to describe ADHD. ADD is characterized by inattentive symptoms, while ADHD includes hyperactivity/impulsivity.

Usually diagnosed in school-age children, ADHD symptoms can persist into the teenage years and through adulthood.

At Integrated Health Resources, Dr. Walks provides you with the tools and strategies you need to overcome ADHD challenges and manage symptoms effectively. 

What causes ADHD?

Researchers believe that ADHD may have a genetic link. It’s also related to environmental and developmental issues. People at risk of the condition may have been born prematurely, have a blood relative with ADHD, were born to a mother who used drugs, or experienced exposure to environmental toxins.

What symptoms suggest ADHD?

The most common and notable symptoms of ADHD include impulsivity, hyperactivity, and inattention.

You may notice the following symptoms in yourself or a loved one: 

  • Forgetfulness
  • Trouble with organization
  • Inability to follow instructions
  • Avoidance of tasks that require attention
  • Fidgeting or squirming
  • Interrupting people

You don’t have to have all of these symptoms to be diagnosed with ADHD. However, the symptoms usually continue until you receive treatment as they don’t go away on their own. 

How is ADHD diagnosed?

Dr. Walks usually starts his assessment with a comprehensive review of your medical and mental health history and symptoms. He also determines if there are learning disabilities or mental health problems that coexist with ADHD, like anxiety, before diagnosing ADHD. 

What are the treatments for ADHD?

At Integrated Health Resources, Dr. Walks customizes your treatment plan according to your age and the severity of your symptoms. ADHD treatments may include talk therapy, behavioral therapy, and medications. Lifestyle support is also part of an ADHD treatment plan. You may benefit from dietary changes, more physical activity, and sleeping schedules. 

To learn how you can manage ADHD, call Integrated Health Resources or schedule an appointment online today.