The abbreviation ADD stands for attention deficit disorder and is often used interchangeably with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) to talk about young patients or adults who struggle with focus and concentration. The difference between the two is the level of irritability a patient with ADD or ADHD may experience. Irritability is a key aspect of ADHD, while patients with ADD may only have trouble with concentration. A full list of shared symptoms might include:
- Trouble paying attention
- Trouble finishing tasks
- Trouble listening when being spoken to
- Problems organizing tasks or activities
- Frequently losing things
- Forgetful, or easily distracted
Often, these symptoms will appear in a patient at a very young age. In some cases, the symptoms might even manifest themselves as early as two or three years old, with many diagnoses occurring around the age of seven. What’s more, while symptoms of ADD or ADHD may grow less severe over time, they can be expected to last throughout a patient’s life into adulthood. That’s because there is no cure for ADD or ADHD. Their symptoms can only managed through medication or counseling.
Treating ADD and ADHD
Very often, doctors like Dr. Michael Madow will prescribe a stimulant like Ritalin, Adderall, or Dexedrine to help patients with ADD or ADHD to manage their symptoms. In cases where a patient responds negatively to treatment with a stimulant, a nonstimulent like Strattera may be prescribed instead.
In addition to being treated with a prescription medication, Dr. Madow may also recommend counseling at his Henderson and Las Vegas offices. Through counseling, Dr. Madow can help patients understand their health, expression feelings of stress and anxiety, and help family members learn how to cope with a loved one’s condition. Using a combination of both of these, Dr. Madow can help patients from around the Las Vegas area manage their ADD and ADHD symptoms.
What Causes ADD and ADHD
Trying to determine an exact cause behind conditions like ADD and ADHD is difficult, as the exact cause is still a mystery. Despite this, a child’s condition is the result of heredity more than outside stimuli. That said, it is possible for outside factors to contribute to a child’s development of either ADD or ADHD. What’s more important than determining an exact cause, though, is finding a treatment plan that delivers the best possible results. Providing that level of care is our number one priority.
Are you concerned that your child might be exhibiting signs of either ADD or ADHD? If so, don’t hesitate to call Dr. Michael Madow’s Henderson or Las Vegas office to schedule a consultation appointment with us. As a psychiatrist for patients from Las Vegas, Summerlin, and Boulder City, Dr. Madow would be happy to meet with you and your child to discuss the symptoms you’ve noticed. Then, after a diagnosis has been made, we’ll work with you to put together a personalized treatment plan that may include both prescription medication and counseling to help your child control his or her symptoms and experience less irritability and greater concentration and focus.
Henderson psychiatrist Dr. Michael Madow provides comprehensive psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacological services for patients in Henderson, Las Vegas, Summerlin, and Boulder City.
Dr. Madow’s website is intended for informational and educational purposes only. For a diagnosis, please call our Henderson or Las Vegas office to schedule a consultation visit with Dr. Madow. A diagnosis can only be made under the care of a licensed professional.