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More than 11% of children and 4.4% of adults in the United States are living with a diagnosis of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). However, many do not know what the difference is between the two disorders and how this affects their treatment options.

To put it simply, ADD is the old name for what is now commonly known as ADHD. Though it is now the official medical term for the condition, many of those with ADHD do not have the ‘hyperactivity’ that is stated right in the name.

 

Recognizing the Different Types of ADHD

Symptoms of ADD/ADHD
Potential Indicators of ADD/ADHD

Though ADD and ADHD do not actually refer to two separate disorders, it is important to recognize that there are different types of ADHD that present with a variety of symptoms. Some of these symptoms, such as spaceyness or mean outbursts, are sometimes not easily recognizable as being part of ADHD.

The DSM-V recognizes three different types of ADHD: Primarily Inattentive, Primarily Hyperactive-Impulsive, or Combined. Those with Inattentive ADHD tend to have trouble sustaining attention, seem not to listen when spoken to, avoid tasks that require sustained effort, and often lose things they need to complete a task. More girls and women are diagnosed with this type of ADHD than boys or men.

Primarily Hyperactive-Impulsive ADHD sufferers are fidgety, talk excessively, have difficulty playing with others, often interrupt, and have trouble sitting still. This is usually the type we think of when we consider a boy or even an adult having ADHD. Combined ADHD is diagnosed when at least six symptoms from Inattentive and from Hyperactive-Impulsive are present.

Though many in the healthcare profession use the three types of ADHD to diagnose and treat their patients, more research has proves that there are actually seven different types of ADHD, all with slightly different symptoms. These range from Temporal Lobe ADHD, which is characterized by memory or learning problems as well as aggression or paranoia; Anxious ADHD which presents as chronic stress or tension along with stomach problems and headaches; and Over-Focused ADHD, which has symptoms of repetitive thoughts, resistance to change, and difficulty shifting attention when needed.

 

Different Treatment for Different TypesADD/ ADHD Treatment in Miami

If you or your loved one has ADHD, it’s crucial to know which type you suffer from so you can get the proper treatment. While stimulants can effectively treat the classic types of ADHD, it can actually have a negative effect on those with Over-Focused or Anxious ADHD. Anti-depressants may prove effective for treating Over-Focused ADHD, but could have little effect in Inattentive or Classic ADHD. In addition, a low carbohydrate diet can help some forms of ADHD while aggravating others.

 

What You Need to Know for a Diagnosis

Though those with Classic ADHD can often diagnose themselves as they fall into the ‘typical’ range of symptoms, those with others types of less common ADHD may have trouble realizing they suffer from the disorder. Whether or not you have successfully self-diagnosed your condition, it’s important that you see a medical professional who has experience recognizing and treating the disorder. It’s also important that the professional works with adult ADHD as the condition can look much different in adults than in children and needs to be treated correctly.

If you have been living with adult ADHD, you may have been told for years that you’re lazy, lack motivation, or even have a learning disability. Recognizing that you may suffer from one of the many forms of ADHD can come as a huge relief to those who thought it was ‘just them’ and that they just needed to ‘try harder’. If you believe you may suffer from ADHD, please call our Miami clinic at (305) 776-2898 to schedule an appointment.

 


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Do you have ADD/ADHD? Studies estimate that ADD/ADHD affects nearly nine million adults in the U.S; however, only a few receive accurate diagnoses and undergo proper treatment. Research shows that the condition can impair social, occupational and academic functioning, resulting in academic underachievement, underemployment, difficulties in personal relationships, conduct problems, and motor vehicle safety. It also causes hyperactivity, although this may decrease over time. Adderall is the most commonly prescribed drug for Attention Deficit Disorder treatment.

Psychological Conditions Associated with ADD

Nearly 50% of adults with ADD also suffer from associated psychological conditions such as borderline personality disorder, anxiety, bipolar disorder, depression, and others. The co-existence of these conditions makes it difficult to accurately diagnose ADD since symptoms are remarkably similar to that of ADD. Medical practitioners must determine if the patient has ADD or a mental disorder with symptoms similar to that of ADD, or both ADD and a mental disorder. Speak with a licensed ADD doctor in Miami today, call us now.

Common Symptoms of ADD

  • Common symptoms of adult attention deficit disorder include:
  • Chronic tardiness
  • Chronic boredom
  • Low frustration threshold
  • Low motivation
  • Anger management issues
  • Poor prioritizing skills
  • Concentration and attention problems
  • Procrastination
  • Impulsive behaviors
  • Problems in primary relationships
  • Poor management of time
Symptoms of ADD/ADHD
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These symptoms can either be direct manifestations of ADD or a result of issues with proper social adjustment. Depending on the situation and innate disposition, ADD patients can exhibit antisocial tendencies (such as withdrawing from friends and family) or become uncomfortable when left alone, thus requiring and demanding constant social attention.

If left untreated, ADD will adversely impact the quality of the patient’s life and upset several key areas, such as proper management of home life, ability to foster close relationships, and being successful at work. Adderall can help with symptoms. To determine if ADD is a serious problem, speak with a licensed ADD doctor in Miami today.  Let’s take a look at some of the ways it can impact your daily life.

Happiness

One of the major ways ADD affects a patient’s life is in his/her level of happiness. The symptoms of ADD can wear you down, causing you to feel overwhelmed with life or overreact when confronted with stressful situations. It makes you tired, anxious, and nervous while making you feel like you are on an emotional roller coaster. This could lead to feelings of depression, rendering you incapable of enjoying the pleasures of life.

Productivity

Adult ADD can make it difficult to finish projects, whether big or small. This means that little household tasks such as paying bills, house cleaning, laundry, etc. are either not done properly or not done on time. The same goes for larger projects such as completing a house renovation project, taking classes to improve professional skills, etc. These manifestations of ADD significantly impact your productivity, thus reducing satisfaction and overall efficiency.

Relationships

When it comes to relationships, most people see ADD sufferers as impulsive, inattentive, distant, and unconcerned; however, this is not the case. ADD symptoms make it difficult for patients to be effective communicators and attentive listeners, meaning that they are not their best in social settings. Miami ADD patients may forget important information such as partners’ birthday, anniversaries, and social events and may interrupt others when speaking. As such, many persons see them as socially inept or immature and may begin to keep their distance.

Self-Esteem

ADD can also impact a patient’s feeling of worth and self-esteem. Since symptoms of ADD make patients unable to complete projects or precisely focus their thoughts and energy on a particular undertaking, it makes them question their capabilities. This could reduce the feeling of self-esteem and confidence they have in themselves. Others may also feel that ADD patients cannot be relied upon to complete projects as at when due, further worsening the situation.

These are just a few ways that ADD negatively affects the everyday life of those suffering from the condition. In short, yes: ADD is a serious issue and can affect the quality of life of a patient. The good news is that accurate diagnosis, management, as well as appropriate Attention Deficit Disorder treatment in Miami can greatly improve the symptoms and manifestations of the latter. You do not need to live an unsatisfactory or unhappy life, incapable of creating deep and meaningful relationships with those you care about or underachieve in your chosen career or profession. If you would like to meet with a qualified physician to discuss your Attention Deficit Disorder treatment in Miami and see if Adderall prescription can help, please schedule an appointment at our ADD/ADHD Miami clinic by calling (305) 776-2898.

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