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Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is common, but it can certainly cause problems in one’s life.

According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA), "Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common mental disorders affecting children. ADHD also affects many adults. Symptoms of ADHD include inattention (not being able to keep focus), hyperactivity (excess movement that is not fitting to the setting), and impulsivity (hasty acts that occur in the moment without thought). An estimated 8.4% of children and 2.5% of adults have ADHD. ADHD is often first identified in school-aged children when it leads to disruption in the classroom or problems with schoolwork. It is more common among boys than girls."

ADHD is often diagnosed as one of three types: inattentive, hyperactive/impulsive, or a combined type. Symptoms usually have to persist for six months before it’s diagnosed.

If you believe that you or someone you love is suffering from ADHD, you may benefit from our mental health treatment services.

At SUN Behavioral Columbus, our adult outpatient behavioral services include two vital programs: a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and an intensive outpatient program (IOP). We also have an outpatient program tailored to children with ADHD. 

The PHP includes five group therapy sessions per day, five days per week. PHP groups use a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) approach. PHP offers coping skills training and a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), which is an evidence-based system to help people understand and apply wellness techniques for the purpose of relapse prevention.

The IOP includes three group sessions per day, five days per week. Key components of the IOP include stress management, life skills development, mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, and yoga and physical wellness strategies. These treatment approaches will help you or your loved one gain new skills to better cope with ADHD.

In either of these programs, you will learn more about your condition as well as the skills you can use to handle the way your brain works. Sometimes, but not always, medication is included in a treatment plan for ADHD. Typical medications include the brand names Adderall®, Ritalin®, Vyvanse®, and Concerta®, all forms of dexmethylphenidate, dextroamphetamine, lisdexamfetamine, or methylphenidate. It may sound unhelpful to give a stimulant to someone with ADHD, but the medication improves their ability to focus.

ADHD medication is not always the best approach. At SUN Behavioral, stimulants are given at the lowest dose (which may increase with time), or another medication that may work better is used, as seen with time.

Signs of Inattentive Type ADHD

According to the APA, “Many ADHD symptoms, such as high activity levels, difficulty remaining still for long periods of time and limited attention spans, are common to young children in general. The difference in children with ADHD is that their hyperactivity and inattention are noticeably greater than expected for their age and cause distress and/or problems functioning at home, at school, or with friends.

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Inattentive type – six (or five for people over 17 years) of the following symptoms occur frequently:

  • Doesn’t pay close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in school or job tasks.
  • Has problems staying focused on tasks or activities, such as during lectures, conversations, or long reading.
  • Does not seem to listen when spoken to (i.e., seems to be elsewhere).
  • Does not follow through on instructions and doesn’t complete schoolwork, chores, or job duties (may start tasks but quickly loses focus).
  • Has problems organizing tasks and work (for instance, does not manage time well; has messy, disorganized work; misses deadlines).
  • Forgets daily tasks, such as doing chores and running errands. Older teens and adults may forget to return phone calls, pay bills, and keep appointments.
  • Avoids or dislikes tasks that require sustained mental effort, such as preparing reports and completing forms.
  • Often loses things needed for tasks or daily life, such as school papers, books, keys, wallet, cell phone, and eyeglasses.
  • Is easily distracted.”

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Signs of Hyperactive/Impulsive Type ADHD

The other form of ADHD can also cause a variety of symptoms. For those with hyperactive/impulsive type ADHD, the APA explains:

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Hyperactive/impulsive type – six (or five for people over 17 years) of the following symptoms occur frequently:

  • Fidgets with or taps hands or feet, or squirms in seat.
  • Not able to stay seated (in classroom, workplace).
  • Runs about or climbs where it is inappropriate.
  • Unable to play or do leisure activities quietly.
  • Always ‘on the go,’ as if driven by a motor.
  • Talks too much.
  • Blurts out an answer before a question has been finished (for instance, may finish people’s sentences, can’t wait to speak in conversations).
  • Has difficulty waiting his or her turn, such as while waiting in line.
  • Interrupts or intrudes on others (for instance, cuts into conversations, games, or activities, or starts using other people’s things without permission). Older teens and adults may take over what others are doing.

While there are different cases of ADHD, there is no lab test to diagnose the condition. A proper diagnosis depends on gathering information from various people, completing checklists, or other medical evaluations. Currently, it’s not known what exactly causes ADHD, but it is believed that genetics (inborn traits passed down from generation to generation) may have an impact.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the most effective treatment for ADHD?

There are different treatments for ADHD depending on the unique situation of the individual. Adult outpatient behavioral services include two vital programs: a partial hospitalization program (PHP) and an intensive outpatient program (IOP). There are also outpatient programs tailored for children with ADHD. Sometimes, but not always, medication is included in a treatment plan for ADHD. Typical medications include the brand names Adderall®, Ritalin®, Vyvanse®, and Concerta®, all forms of dexmethylphenidate, dextroamphetamine, lisdexamfetamine, or methylphenidate.

What is currently the most common treatment for ADHD?

This depends on the individual’s unique situation. In some cases, they may require outpatient or inpatient services. Medication may also be given to those who need it.

How is ADHD usually treated?

ADHD is usually treated with therapy and/or, in some cases, medication. A medical professional will determine the best route based on an evaluation.

What is the first-line treatment for ADHD?

Treatment for ADHD may be provided via a partial hospitalization program (PHP) or an intensive outpatient program (IOP). PHP includes five group therapy sessions per day, five days per week. The PHP groups use a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) approach. PHP offers coping skills training and a Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP), which is an evidence-based system to help people understand and apply wellness techniques for the purpose of relapse prevention. The IOP includes three group sessions per day, five days per week. Key components of the IOP include stress management, life skills development, mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, and yoga and physical wellness strategies. There are also outpatient programs tailored for children with ADHD. These treatment approaches will help you or your loved one gain new skills to better cope with ADHD.

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