ADHD

Brain Health Center

PSYCHIATRY & DEPRESSION SPECIALISTS LOCATED IN LEXINGTON, KY AND SERVING SURROUNDING COUNTIES

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a developmental problem that can affect children at an early age, but it’s often undiagnosed until adulthood. Eminent psychiatrist Jacob Bishop, MD, of Brain Health Center PSC in Lexington, Kentucky, understands the problems ADHD can cause during childhood and in adult life, and provides expert treatment for people who have ADHD. Dr. Bishop specializes in using an innovative, painless therapy called transcranial magnetic stimulation, which he has found invaluable in helping people even where other approaches have failed. Call Brain Health Center today to find out more, or book an appointment online.

ADHD Q & A

What is ADHD?

ADHD, which is short for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, is a developmental problem that begins in childhood. Symptoms of ADHD typically start showing before age 7, but it’s not uncommon for children to remain undiagnosed until they reach adulthood.

Children who have undiagnosed ADHD might be labeled as disruptive and willfully unruly, but in truth, they don’t understand their own feelings and reactions, and they’re not able to effectively manage their situations.

As adults, people with undiagnosed ADHD tend to perform below their capability levels, finding it hard to keep a job or pursue a career. They also struggle with relationships, are more likely to get into trouble with the police, and are more prone to substance abuse issues.

What are the symptoms of ADHD?

Typical symptoms of ADHD include:

  • Excessive energy
  • Impulsiveness
  • Disorganization 
  • Restlessness
  • Problems prioritizing
  • Poor time management 
  • Being easily distracted
  • Difficulties multitasking 
  • Frequent mood swings
  • Difficulty completing tasks
  • Being quick to anger
  • Difficulty coping with stress

Many ADHD symptoms resemble those of other mental health problems, and people who have ADHD often suffer from conditions like depression and anxiety, as well.

What causes ADHD?

It’s not known why some children develop ADHD. There could be a genetic predisposition, but no single gene or combination causes ADHD. It’s possible that problems during fetal development that affect your central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) could be responsible in some cases.

Your chances of developing ADHD are higher if you were exposed to certain toxins, such as lead, when you were a child. If your mother had substance abuse problems, that could also increase your risk of having ADHD.

What are the treatments for ADHD?

Conventional ADHD treatment involves a combination of therapy and medication. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can be particularly useful for people with ADHD.

The most common type of medication used to treat ADHD is stimulants, which act on the neurotransmitters in your brain. Other medications that could help include aminoketone antidepressants and nonstimulant medications like atomoxetine.

While many people who have ADHD find these treatments effective, others find that their problems don’t improve using conventional approaches. If this is true for you, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) is an alternative therapy that could make a significant difference in your life.

TMS is a safe, noninvasive treatment that uses magnetic waves to adjust the neural activity in your brain. Dr. Bishop finds that TMS therapy can reduce symptoms of ADHD even where other approaches have failed, and many of his patients have benefited enormously from their TMS therapy.

To find out more about how TMS could help you, call Brain Health Center today or book an appointment online.