Psychiatrists & Psychologists located in San Francisco, CA, San Jose, CA, Palo Alto, CA, Berkeley, CA, & Marin County, CA
Symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) can greatly impact all aspects of one’s life. At The Clinic, with locations in San Francisco, Palo Alto, San Jose, Berkeley, and Marin County, California, we offer a range of treatment options to help children and adults manage their ADHD symptoms. The Clinic will also soon service patients out of its new Berkeley and Marin locations.
ADHD Q & A
What is ADHD?
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects a person’s ability to concentrate and remain composed and focused for an extended period. Those who have ADHD may feel overactive and have difficulty controlling their behavior. ADHD is most frequently diagnosed in childhood, although people of all ages can suffer from this condition.
Why is ADHD Difficult to Diagnose?
Unlike many medical conditions, ADHD cannot be diagnosed by drawing blood or ordering an MRI. Instead, healthcare professionals rely on symptoms reported by the patient or specific kinds of cognitive testing to assess brain function. The Clinic offers neuropsychological testing that can provide precise information on brain functioning and attention problems. ADHD symptoms may include:
- Difficulty paying attention
- Being easily bored
- Difficulty completing projects
- Difficulty learning something new
- Being easily distracted and forgetful
- Not listening when someone is speaking
- Frequent squirming or fidgeting
- Needing to be in constant motion
- Difficulty participating in quiet activities
- Talking incessantly
- Blurting out inappropriate words or comments
- Interrupting others
- Difficulty controlling emotions
- Interrupting other conversations frequently
How is ADHD Treated at The Clinic?
Often patients with ADHD benefit from a combination of medication and psychotherapy. A combined treatment approach allows the patient to develop necessary focus and concentration, as well as, lifelong coping skills to manage ongoing symptoms. Through therapy, a patient is taught to recognize the hyperactive and inattentive behavioral patterns. Once those behaviors are noticed, the doctor or therapist can work with the patient to help him or her develop practical skills to reduce the impact of ADHD symptoms.