Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) – Westfield, NJ
Finding a Better Way to Stay Focused
Here at Embrace Psychiatric Wellness Center, we understand that there are hurdles you might face if you or someone close to you is living with ADD. However, we’re determined to work with you to find the perfect treatment plan that allows you to stay focused, productive, and positive moving forward so that you can achieve more than you’ve ever dreamed of! Continue reading below to learn a little more about ADD, some of its notable symptoms, and how the condition is ultimately diagnosed and then treated. To request additional information or to schedule a visit, don’t hesitate to contact us today.
What Is Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)?
ADD (also sometimes called ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is one of the most common neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood and often lasts into adulthood. Children with this condition generally have trouble staying focused or paying attention, controlling impulsive behaviors, or might seem overly active in general. In adults, it may manifest differently; for example, hyperactivity might appear as extreme restlessness. Scientists are still studying the possible causes and risk factors for ADD in an effort to find better ways of managing it, but current research indicates that genetics plays an important role, as well as other conditions including brain injury, exposure to environmental risks, alcohol/tobacco usage during pregnancy, and more.
Symptoms & Diagnosing ADD
It’s worth mentioning that those with ADD do not simply “grow out” of these behaviors; rather, the symptoms can remain even without diagnosis and treatment. A few common symptoms associated with ADD include:
- Frequent daydreaming
- Constant squirming or fidgeting
- Talking too much or out of turn
- Making careless mistakes or taking unnecessary risks
- Having trouble resisting temptation
- Experiencing difficulty getting along with others
There is no single test to diagnose ADD, and like many other issues such as anxiety, depression, sleep problems, and certain learning disabilities, there is a lot of overlap in the symptoms that manifest. The first step of the diagnosis process involves visiting us for a medical examination that includes hearing and vision tests to rule out other problems.
Treatment Options for Attention Deficit Disorder
In most cases, ADD is effectively treated through a combination of behavior therapy and medication, as well as certain lifestyle changes, though it also varies on the age of the patient. Preschool-aged children benefit the most from early intervention. In any case, good treatment plans always include close monitoring, follow-ups, and adaptations if necessary. Here’s a closer look at two of our available treatment options for ADD:
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) therapy is an innovative, non-invasive approach that utilizes gentle magnetic waves to stimulate brain activity. This can have pronounced effects on brain function and behavior, and for many people with ADD, the treatment works absolute wonders. This procedure can be carried out within a single visit, and following the treatment, patients experience no fatigue or interruption to their day.
Spravato is a nasal spray medication that contains a safe, FDA-approved derivative of ketamine called esketamine. It’s been found to be effective in managing ADD symptoms as it can impart benefits such as improved focus and attention, reduced impulsivity, and better emotional processing. During the appointment, the spray is administered, and the patient is closely monitored. Some grogginess and other mild side effects are possible; however, compared to other treatments which can sometimes take time to kick in, the spray begins working within a few hours.