Nearly 10% of children in the United States have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and six out every 10 of those children also struggle with another emotional, mental, or behavioral challenge. Board-certified psychiatrist Mikki Barker, DO, and her experienced team at Wendell Street Psychiatric, LLC, specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of ADHD for patients of all ages. To schedule an appointment, call the office in Fairbanks, Alaska, or use the online booking tool.
ADHD is a neurodevelopmental disorder, which means it interferes with the normal growth and development of the brain. With ADHD, you may find it hard to focus or pay attention, sit still, or control impulses.
Signs and symptoms of ADHD usually appear during childhood. Though symptoms change as you get older, you don’t “grow out of” ADHD; symptoms and challenges continue through adolescence and adulthood.
Researchers are still investigating the underlying cause of ADHD, but you or your child may be at risk if the neurodevelopmental disorder runs in the family. Exposure to environmental toxins – such as cigarette smoke during pregnancy or lead during early childhood – may also increase the risk of ADHD.
People with ADHD exhibit a pattern of symptoms centered around inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity. However, many people usually have a dominant symptom, which is used to determine their ADHD type.
If you have a hard time organizing tasks, paying attention, or find yourself not being able to follow instructions or conversations, then your ADHD type may be predominantly inattentive.
With a predominantly hyperactive-impulsive presentation, you may have a hard time sitting still, get bored easily, or find it difficult to wait your turn.
With a combined presentation, you have both inattentive and hyperactive-impulsive symptoms.
ADHD symptoms and types can also change over time.
No singular test can diagnose ADHD, and the team at Wendell Street Psychiatric, LLC, conducts a comprehensive evaluation to determine the right diagnosis. During an ADHD evaluation for you or your child, your provider asks detailed questions about symptoms, as well as your medical and family history.
Medical testing to rule out other causes of ADHD symptoms may also be recommended.
The experts at Wendell Street Psychiatric, LLC, take an integrated and comprehensive approach to the treatment of ADHD. The specifics of your treatment may depend on your age and overall physical and mental health needs. Treatment for ADHD includes a combination of medication, therapy, family involvement, and behavioral modification.
The team provides care for patients age 3 and up. When needed, they coordinate with your child’s school for special accommodations and medication management between family and the school.
For comprehensive ADHD care from a compassionate team, call Wendell Street Psychiatric, LLC, or book an appointment online today.