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ADHD Treatment in Coimbatore

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Treatment

ADHD is a neurodevelopment disorder that causes above-normal levels of hyperactivity and impulsive behaviours. People with ADHD struggle with attention and focus issues, as well as restlessness and hyperactivity.

The disorder was earlier assumed to be a mere excuse for children to misbehave. The plights of the sufferers were dismissed. However, awareness programs have made considerable progress in the last decade. This is resulted in better diagnostic methods, and improved treatment.

ADHD is commonly found in children. One in ten children in the age group of 5 to 17, exhibit symptoms of ADHD. Male children are over twice as likely as female children to receive an ADHD diagnosis. The disorder affects about 5% of adults.

  • Types
  • Causes

There are three broad qualitative classifications of ADHD:

  • Primarily Inattentive Type:– This is the type that was earlier called ADD. It affects cognitive ability more than anything else.
  • Primarily Hyperactive Type– This type is the most misunderstood as the behavioural symptoms are often assumed to be the whim of an indiscipline spoiled brat.
  • Combined Type- This is the commonest type. People with ADHD usually suffer from both, attention and cognitive issues, as well has hyperactivity induced behavioural issues.

The symptoms of ADHD are observational. It often takes a lot of time and patience to come to conclusive statement. It is crucial to detect ADHD in the earlier stages so that the sufferer is not subjected to additional trauma that results from punishment for their behaviour. Here are the symptoms you should be looking out for:

  • Cognitive- : Attention span or focus issues, forgetfulness, absentmindedness, resultant learning disabilities.
  • Hyperactivity- Aggression, bouts of excitability, hyperactivity, impulsive actions, irritability, consistent repetition of action or speech, lack of restraint.
  • Mood- Anxiety, mood swings, sudden anger, resultant depression from long term mood disorders.

There are three broad causes of bipolar disorder:

  • Despite aggravated research in the last decade, the exact cause of ADHD is still unknown. Some clustered information is helping neurologists and psychologists attain better understanding regarding the disorder.
  • ADHD is believed to have its roots in neurology, biochemistry, and the DNA.
  • Reduction in dopamine (the biochemical that transfers messages between nerves) is a major factor. The structural difference and distribution of gray matter in the brain is also believed to be a cause of ADHD.
  • Diagnosis

  • Most of the diagnosis is based on observation and physical examination, that is why the best way to determine if one is affected is to go to a psychologist/psychiatrist. The expert will assess any symptoms you or your child has had in the last six months. Your therapist will observe and gather information from teachers and family members to determine if the child exhibits symptoms of ADHD.

ADHD can be treated via behavioural and psychological approach, as well as via the medicated approach. Sometimes, it needs both.

  • Psychological Approach- Psychotherapy and Talk Therapy
  • Medicinal Approach- Central nervous system (CNS) stimulants are the most commonly prescribed ADHD medications. These increase chemicals called dopamine.
  • There are also non-stimulant medicines, they work by increasing levels of norepinephrine in the brain.

Dr. Syed Ummar

Consultant Psychiatrist

1 in 6 people are thought to suffer with an ADHD at any one time

Dr Syed Ummar is an experienced and highly empathetic Psychiatrist in coimbatore who works with young people and adults with often complex mental health problems. he bases many of his interventions on the cognitive behavioural approach.

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