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Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood, and it can last into adulthood as well. Those who suffer from ADHD often have difficulties paying attention, completing tasks, and controlling impulsive behavior. Roughly 7-11% of children, ages 4-17, are diagnosed with ADHD. ADHD can present in three ways: predominantly inattentive, predominantly hyperactive-impulsive, and combined presentation.

Woman with ADHD struggles to focus on work

What causes ADHD?

While there is no singular cause for ADHD itself, there are many factors that may play a part in the development of ADHD. People who have a relative with ADHD are more likely to have ADHD. In addition, the below, factors can increase risk for ADHD::

  • Premature delivery
  • Low birthweight
  • Alcohol or tobacco use during pregnancy
  • Exposure to lead during childhood

Symptoms of ADHD

While it is common for most children to show signs of difficulty concentrating or instances of disruptive behavior, those with ADHD continue to show these symptoms as they age, and the symptoms typically affect their ability to function at home, school, or around their friends. In general, most of these symptoms present themselves before age 12.

A child who has ADHD can show signs and symptoms such as:

  • Talking too much
  • Daydreaming a lot
  • Squirming or fidgeting
  • Difficulty getting along with other
  • Forgetfulness
  • Easily losing things
  • Taking unnecessary risks
  • Making careless mistakes
  • Trouble taking turns

How is ADHD diagnosed?

Your Geode Health provider will work with you, or your child, to better understand the situation and assess the symptoms that are present.

At Geode Health, evaluations are 60 minutes long to give you enough time to share your story and for your clinician to ask important follow-up questions. For ADHD, additional testing or prior medical records may help solidify the diagnosis. Your clinician will guide you through the evaluation process.

Seek treatment for ADHD symptoms at Geode Health

If you or your child exhibits signs of ADHD, book an appointment with a Geode provider to discuss treatment options.

Different types of ADHD

Predominantly inattentive presentation

People who have this type of ADHD exhibit at least six of the following symptoms for at least six months:

  • Regularly makes careless mistakes

  • Difficulty maintaining attention during tasks

  • Inability to pay close attention to details

  • Appears not to listen when being spoken to

  • Doesn’t follow through on given instructions

  • Doesn’t finish school work

  • Forgetfulness

  • Difficulty in organizing tasks

  • Avoidance of situations that require consistent mental effort

  • Becomes easily distracted by external stimuli

Find help for yourself or your child with ADHD treatments at Geode Health

Whether you’re looking for ADHD treatment for your child, or you want to schedule an evaluation for yourself, you can trust the experts at Geode Health. View our current locations to find a mental health facility near you or schedule an appointment online to get started now.

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