ADD Doctors at Success Health System
Attention deficit disorder, or ADD, is a medical term that was once used to describe a neurological condition characterized by symptoms of inattention, impulsiveness, and distractibility. Our board-certified doctors are here to provide comprehensive and quality care. Contact us today or schedule an appointment online. We have convenient locations to serve you in Creve Coeur MO, St. Louis MO, Independence MO, Columbia MO, and Olathe KS.
Table of Contents:
What is ADD?
What is the difference between ADD & ADHD?
Is ADD a mental illness?
Can I go to a psychiatrist for the treatment of ADD?
Attention deficit disorder (ADD) refers to a common neurodevelopmental disorder that usually presents during childhood and continues into adulthood. In more recent years, the term ADD has been retired and has been replaced with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) to provide a more comprehensive and well-rounded accounting of the disorder. Those with ADHD often have difficulty paying attention, have trouble regulating impulsive behavior, and have high levels of energy that can be challenging to manage.
At Success Health System LLC, our team provides exceptional knowledge and care in helping patients diagnose and treat their ADHD. We help provide you with the tools and knowledge to best manage your symptoms for a better quality of life. For more information about our ADHD services, reach out to us – we’re always happy to help answer any questions that you may have.
Attention deficit disorder, or ADD, is a medical term that was once used to describe a neurological condition characterized by symptoms of inattention, impulsiveness, and distractibility. However, ADD is an outdated term that is no longer used in diagnosis as has been replaced by the term ADHD – also known as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
Those with ADHD often have trouble focusing on tasks, are easily distracted, may lose track of time, have trouble sitting still, and struggle with certain executive functions.
ADD and ADHD refers to the same condition. ADD, or attention-deficit disorder is an outdated term for what we now know as ADHD or attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. As medical professionals have come to know more about the condition and its symptoms, the terminology has changed to be more inclusive and comprehensive.
ADD (now referred to as ADHD) is classified as a mental illness as it affects the way you think, acts, and focus. It is also classified as being developmental in nature, meaning that it presents during childhood and carries forward into adulthood.
While some people with ADHD don’t receive a diagnosis until adulthood, symptoms are almost always present during childhood. Symptoms of this condition may include:
• Excessive talking
• Interrupting others
• Mood swings
• Low levels of stress management
• Extreme impatience
• No sense of danger
• A short attention span
• Lack of attention to detail
• Continually losing or misplacing things
• Increased forgetfulness
• Consistent restlessness and/or fidgeting
• An inability to finish tasks
• Consistently beginning new projects and ditching old ones
• Weak organizational skills
• Inability to prioritize tasks or focus
It’s important to speak to a healthcare professional as soon as you start experiencing some or any of these symptoms, as they may indicate that you have ADHD. Your primary physician or a psychiatrist will help diagnose you accurately while also ruling out any other physical or mental disorders that could cause similar symptoms.
Psychiatrists have extensive training in different psychiatric conditions, including ADHD (previously known as ADD). They are highly proficient in treating this condition, as well as any coinciding mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, aggressive disorders, and much more.
However, it’s important to note that many, but not all, psychiatrists are trained to treat ADHD so it’s essential to ask before seeking treatment at a facility.
ADHD was not widely recognized until the 1990s and it took time for the appropriate education and training to be incorporated into psychiatric residencies. However, ADHD diagnosis, care, and treatment are now commonplace among psychiatric medical programs graduates and training has become widely available for those who graduated before it was.
At Success Health System LLC, we offer specialized treatment for those with ADHD. Our psychiatrists offer comprehensive care that includes providing you with the education, tools, and resources to manage your ADHD symptoms. If you have any questions about our services, or would like more information about anything you’ve read, please contact us or book in online for an appointment. We serve patients from Creve Coeur MO, St. Louis MO, Independence MO, Olathe KS, Columbia MO, Craig KS, Spring Hill KS, Prathersville MO, Pierpont MO, Kirkwood MO, Kansas City MO, River Bend Mo & Beyond!