We evaluate and manage adult ADHD
If you find yourself consistently having problems with organization, being late, forgetfulness and/or getting overwhelmed by daily activities, it is possible you may be suffering from ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).
About 19 million U.S. adults are estimated to have ADHD and many have been living with this condition since their childhood without even being aware of it. The lifetime prevalence of ADHD assessment in Chicago and U.S. adults aged 18 to 44 years is estimated to be 8.1%. Recent data shows a surge of ADHD diagnoses in adult women.
Problems with Organization
Feeling Overwhelmed and Overloaded
Picture hundreds of cars approaching an intersection that has no traffic light or stop sign. This is what happens to the ADHD brain every day where the prefrontal cortex (the intersection) is unable to properly regulate your various thoughts and feelings (the cars approaching the intersection).
ADHD affects the prefrontal cortex of the brain, where all of our planning and decision-making functions occur. Left untreated, ADHD can hinder everything we do in our daily lives, from school to career to relationships. It is important to diagnose underlying anxiety and/or depression since these may be the cause of ADHD symptoms. We use evidence-based guidelines in evaluating and treating Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). We believe in a holistic approach that involves a combination of behavioral changes, mindfulness, good sleep, exercise, and therapy in conjunction with medications for treating ADHD in Chicago.
Please note, we only treat adult ADHD. We manage ADHD with medications with the ultimate goal of getting you off your medications. The medications used to treat ADHD are schedule II controlled substances and should be used with great caution. Due to this, ADHD medications can only be prescribed for a month at a time.
ADHD symptoms require a nuanced approach and regular follow up to optimize medication dose based on symptom control. Patient care starts with a consultation to determine a diagnosis. Next, the doctor outlines a treatment plan with specific prescription medication for ADHD symptoms and easy-to-follow therapy instructions. Our naturopathic doctor understands that ADHD patients require consistent care and support, so they schedule several follow-up appointments to adjust medication doses, schedule refills and maintain a lengthy and rewarding relationship with patients.
Follow Up Appointments
ADHD can present itself as extreme restlessness, constant fidgeting at the desk, an inability to sit through meetings or an uncontrollable urge to get up and pace around, excessive, fast-paced talking and the feeling of always being “on the go.”
People with ADHD who exhibit symptoms of impulsivity are likely to speak out of turn, blurt out answers before the question is completed or have a difficulty waiting for their turn. Adults with ADHD may be more inclined to shop compulsively or gamble with a large amount of cash.