ADD/ADHD

Pinnacle Medical Group

Internal Medicine & Med Spa located in Nashville, TN

About eight million American adults currently have attention deficit disorder/attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADD/ADHD), but under 20% receive a proper diagnosis or the treatment they need to be healthy. The team at Pinnacle Medical Group in Nashville, Tennessee, has the ADD/ADHD expertise needed to help with diagnosis and treatment for all patients 17 and up. Use the online scheduler or call the office to book your appointment now.

ADD/ADHD Q & A

What is ADD/ADHD?

ADHD or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, which was once called ADD or attention deficit disorder, is a brain disorder in which a child or adult has difficulty with attention, hyperactivity, and/or impulsive actions.

Inattention

Inattention means difficulty concentrating, trouble with staying focused, and disorganization. If you suffer from ADHD, you may start work or projects but frequently give up because you can't remain on task.

Hyperactivity

Hyperactivity is excessive movement, excessive talking, or inability to refrain from fidgeting when trying to stay still. Hyperactive adults often feel constantly restless and may seem to have boundless energy.

Impulsivity

Impulsivity is making decisions and taking actions without considering the potential outcome first. Adults with impulsivity may have a history of making poor decisions that feel good in the short term but cause problems in the long term.

ADHD symptoms in an adult may look different than in a child, even if you had ADHD as a child. Your Pinnacle Medical Group practitioner can help you with diagnosis and treatment.

How is ADHD diagnosed in an adult?

Diagnosis of ADHD in patients 17 and older is different than in children. Your care provider considers your symptoms and the time frame in which you've exhibited those symptoms to make a diagnosis. This is also how your care provider determines your exact type of ADHD.

The types of ADHD are:

Combined presentation

When you have five or more inattention symptoms and five or more hyperactivity-impulsivity symptoms.

Predominantly inattentive

When you have five or more symptoms of inattention, but you don't have hyperactivity-impulsivity symptoms.

Predominantly hyperactive-impulsive

When you have five or more symptoms of hyperactivity-impulsivity, but you don't have symptoms of inattention.

You must have five or more symptoms of ADHD in the last six months for your provider to make a diagnosis.

How is ADHD treated?

ADHD treatment isn't one-size-fits-all, so your care provider will discuss your needs with you to find what works best.

Many patients respond well to medication, which can be either stimulants or non-stimulants. Some patients find antidepressants helpful, too. Psychotherapy may help you manage your ADHD symptoms better, and your care provider may have some helpful tips for staying focused and organized in your daily life.

Click the online scheduler or call Pinnacle Medical Group to make your appointment for ADD/ADHD help now.