Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

There are three subtypes of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD):

  • Hyperactive-impulsive
  • Combined Hyperactive-impulsive and Inattentive
  • Inattentive

Although there is no exact cause for ADHD, the origin and severity of symptoms appear to be impacted by various genetic, environmental, nutritional, medical, and social factors.

Diagnostic criteria for ADHD require that symptoms must be present for at least six months or more and to a greater degree than children of that same age. Symptoms of ADHD include:


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


  • Restlessness
  • Hyperverbal
  • Constantly in motion
  • Inability to be quiet when instructed to do so


  • Impatience
  • Inappropriate outbursts
  • Interruptive
  • Little or no regard for the consequences of inappropriate behaviors

Symptoms of ADHD

Symptoms of ADHD 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 ADHD; 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 Hyperactivity Disorder

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

Role Psychotherapy in Treating ADHD

Psychotherapy used to treat ADHD generally focuses on changing behavior patterns and learning to cope effectively with emotions. Furthermore, psycho-education and social and life skill training provides 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.

If you or a loved one is suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder symptoms, call Behavioral Help Solutions now for a confidential review of your case.