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Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

What is ADHD

In layman’s terms, ADHD is the result of a deficiency in neurotransmitters that power the brain’s reward system. In particular, an ADHD brain typically has a shortage of norepinephrine. This and other, related neurotransmitters play a vital role in enabling people to concentrate and find value in activities. With a shortage of these neurotransmitters, people with ADHD must work much harder to achieve the same result as a neurotypical person. Alter Behavioral health offers top of the line ADHD treatment near Irvine and Mission Viejo. Additionally, there’s an overriding urge to pursue stimulating, neurotransmitter-generating activities that manifest as impulsive behavior.

Untreated ADHD

This craving for stimulation has a number of destructive outcomes for individuals with ADHD. For one, 20% of adolescents with substance abuse disorder also suffer from ADHD. In adults, ADHD correlates with an increased chance of smoking, ending up in a car accident, and other risk factors. Untreated ADHD can have devastating effects on people’s ability to live their lives, which is why treatment is so important. Anyone might suffer from ADHD, and it has no reflection upon their character.

ADHD Symptoms

  • Trouble prioritizing and organizing
  • Difficulty appreciating long-term consequences
  • Restlessness
  • Low tolerance for frustration
  • Impulsiveness
  • Anxiety

Treatment for ADHD

To date, the majority of adults with ADHD have not been diagnosed. As such, the first step in treating ADHD is diagnosis. When a patient talks to a qualified physician, they’ll ask questions and give a diagnosis relating to symptoms.

Once diagnosed, the physician will proscribe a treatment regimen. Both psychotherapy and medication have proven results in treating ADHD, and it’s common that both have a place in managing the disorder.

Pharmacotherapy for ADHD

At the core, ADHD is a neurological problem that needs a suitable, pharmaceutical treatment. Many stimulant medications can rectify the deficiency in neurotransmitters. With proper, individualized dosage, individuals should overcome many of the core symptoms of ADHD. From there, supplemental programs such as psychotherapy can help undo the damage that attention-deficit/hyperactive disorder often causes.


Studies show that psychotherapy usually cannot treat ADHD on its own, but that it plays an important role nonetheless. Unmedicated attention-deficit/hyperactive disorder can wreak havoc on an adult’s self-image and produce comorbidities such as anxiety.

Even when medication treats the core neurotransmitter deficiency, it’s unlikely to cure habitual cycles of negative self-talk. Additionally, issues that are endemic among those with ADHD need their own treatment. In short, compassionate, understanding professional help can treat these problems and pave the way toward a successful, fulfilling life.

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