Attention Deficit Disorder

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Although there is no exact cause for Attention Deficit Disorder ADD the origin and severity of symptoms appear to be impacted by various genetic, environmental, nutritional, medical, and social factors. Diagnostic criteria for ADHD require the symptoms to be present for at least six months or more and to a greater degree than children of that same age. Symptoms of ADD include:

  • Easily distracted
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Easily bored
  • Easily confused
  • Difficulty following instructions

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Symptoms of ADD

Symptoms of ADD can be treated effectively with a carefully considered medication management plan in addition to regularly scheduled psychotherapy and psycho-education. The following are some of the most commonly prescribed medications to manage symptoms of ADD. Please carefully review each of these medication options with your physician and take the time to learn about the associated side effects such as their addictive qualities:

Medications for Attention Deficit Disorder

  • Adderall
  • Adderall XR
  • Concerta
  • Daytrana
  • Desoxyn
  • Dexedrine
  • Dextostat
  • Focalin
  • Focalin XR
  • Ritalin
  • Ritalin SR
  • Ritalin LA
  • Strattera
  • Vyvanse

How Can Psychotherapy Help

Psychotherapy used to treat ADD generally focuses on changing behavior patterns and learning to cope effectively with emotions. Furthermore, psycho-education and others' social and life skills provide the patient with a greater understanding of the disorder, strategies to increase the ability to function with greater independence, and increased social acceptance, thereby increasing a greater sense of self-esteem.

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