ADHD

Anthony G. Avitabile, DO -  - Family Medicine

RiverCity Family Medicine, PLLC

Anthony G. Avitabile, DO

Family Medicine located in Chattanooga, TN

ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is a prevalent disorder that can impact both children and adults, though it is more common in children. At RiverCity Family Medicine, PLLC, in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Dr. Anthony Avitabile offers holistic and integrative treatments for children with psychiatric disorders. Schedule an appointment today to learn more about how Dr. Avitabile can help patients with ADHD.

ADHD Q & A

What is ADHD?

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder commonly diagnosed in children, but it can also impact adults. 

The disorder generally causes those affected to have trouble paying attention or controlling their impulses. Often, those with ADHD will have a hard time focusing on a task at hand, and they’ll exhibit excessive movement, unable to sit still. 

Because children often exhibit high levels of activity, it can be challenging to know whether or not a child has ADHD. However, many symptoms may lead to a diagnosis. It’s always best to talk to a doctor about your child before assuming that ADHD is the cause of their behavior. 

If you have further questions, get in touch with Dr. Avitabile at RiverCity Family Medicine, PLLC, in Chattanooga, Tennessee today.

What are the signs of ADHD?

Signs that a child or adult may have ADHD include the following, though one or two of these symptoms on its own may not be an indicator of the disorder:

  • Cannot stay focused on the task or activity at hand
  • Has trouble listening to directions
  • Becomes distracted very easily
  • Is forgetful about daily chores and errands
  • Makes many mistakes in tasks due to inattention
  • Has problems staying organized or managing time
  • Always seems to be fidgeting and cannot sit still
  • Talks excessively
  • Has trouble getting along with other people

There are three types of ADHD: predominantly inattentive, predominantly hyperactive-impulsive, and combined. 

Inattentive means that the person has trouble following through on a task or paying attention, and is forgetful. Hyperactive-impulsive means that the person cannot sit still and fidgets a lot. Combined means that the types above are equally present in the ADHD patient.

If you have questions about these symptoms or the types of ADHD, Dr. Avitabile and his team of professionals are ready to help in Chattanooga, Tennessee

How do psychiatrists treat ADHD?

There are several approaches to treating ADHD in children and adults. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one approach that doesn’t involve medication. In this treatment, therapists assist patients in developing the necessary skills that they usually lack if they have ADHD. These include emotional, social, and organizational skills.

Medications may also be used to treat ADHD and can include stimulants and non-stimulants. To learn more about potential treatments for ADHD, contact the team at RiverCity Family Medicine, PLLC, in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Call or use the convenient online tool to schedule an appointment.

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