ADHD Specialist

PANDA Neurology & Atlanta Headache Specialists

Neurology Specialists & Headache Specialists located in Atlanta, GA

ADHD is a well-known neurological disorder that, without proper treatment, can make your life difficult. But the expert, caring team of providers at PANDA Neurology & Atlanta Headache Specialists, a family-oriented neurology practice located in Atlanta, can help you better understand and manage your ADHD. The team can help you find the right treatment for ADHD, no matter your age. Find out more today by booking an appointment online or over the phone.

ADHD Q & A

What is ADHD?

ADHD, or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, is a chronic neurological disorder. It causes you to display a pattern of inattention and/or hyperactivity and impulsivity. While ADHD often manifests in childhood, you can also develop the condition during adolescence or adulthood.

Inattention

The inattention aspect of ADHD affects your life every day, making it difficult to complete tasks, stay motivated, be organized, and focus.

Hyperactivity

The hyperactivity end of ADHD is characterized by behaviors that help use up excess energy. Examples include:

  • Constant talking
  • Constant moving
  • Fidgeting
  • Tapping

Children with ADHD often have trouble in school, because they can’t focus or they act up at inappropriate times. 

Impulsivity 

When you have ADHD, impulsivity refers to making decisions and choices without thinking the situation through or considering the consequence of your actions.

How is ADHD diagnosed?

To determine whether or not you have ADHD, the team at PANDA Neurology & Atlanta Headache Specialists starts with an in-depth evaluation.

During this evaluation, your specialist asks about your symptoms and:

  • How long your symptoms have been occurring
  • If your symptoms impair function or development
  • If there are any secondary conditions that could be leading to your symptoms
  • Your age when your symptoms began

Based on the specialist’s evaluation, the team at PANDA Neurology & Atlanta Headache Specialists will decide whether or not they believe a diagnosis of ADHD is appropriate.

How is ADHD treated?

One of the most common ways to treat ADHD is with medication. These are stimulant medications that help with thinking and attention by stimulating your brain’s production of norepinephrine and dopamine. 

Sometimes, you can treat ADHD with other medications, alone or in conjunction with stimulant medications. Examples of alternative treatments include:

  • Nonstimulant medications
  • Antidepressants
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Family and marital counseling
  • Social skills training
  • Stress management techniques training
  • Support groups

If you or your child is suffering from symptoms of ADHD, don’t wait to get support. Schedule an appointment with the team at PANDA Neurology & Atlanta Headache Specialists online or over the phone today to get answers and start treatment.