Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

 You probably came here to gain more information and insight into attention deficit disorder. First and foremost, we typically refer to ADD as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) as ADD is an outdated term. When most people refer to ADD, they are referring to inattentive ADHD. When you are concerned that you or your child may have ADHD, our Austin, TX, psychologist Dr. David Flume can provide the screenings and tools necessary to evaluate the individual and determine whether or not they have ADHD.

ADHD and its Symptoms

The three main symptoms and signs of ADHD are hyperactivity, impulsivity and inattentiveness. Individuals need not display all three of these symptoms to be diagnosed with ADHD. Through a comprehensive evaluation and interviews with parents, family members or teachers, our psychologist can determine if you or your child has ADHD. Common warning signs include,

  • Interrupting conversations
  • Trouble waiting their turn
  • Daydreaming
  • Has trouble listening to or following instructions
  • Often misplaces items
  • Is always fidgeting
  • Having trouble sitting still or playing quietly
  • Excessive talking
  • Easily distracted
  • Trouble focusing on a task (often leaves tasks uncompleted)
  • Trouble prioritizing tasks

Diagnosing ADHD

In this modern world, we often find it harder to concentrate on tasks without being distracted by family needs, social media, Slack messages, Zoom meetings or our phones. This leads many people to assume that they have some degree of ADHD—however, this is a diagnosis only a licensed psychologist can make. If you suspect that you or your child has ADHD, it’s important that you turn to our team for an evaluation. While no single test determines whether or not an individual has ADHD, a comprehensive assessment includes a psychological evaluation and interviews with family members and those around them that can speak to their behaviors and habits.

Treating ADHD

Everyone requires structure in their day to get things done; however, those with ADHD require a little more structure than most to complete the activities, chores and responsibilities. This ensures good academic or work performance where individuals aren’t falling behind. Along with crafting a structured work or school day, we provide behavioral therapy for the individual to promote healthy, productive behavior while minimizing problematic behaviors. Medication may also be prescribed to improve focus and attention. Skills training for family members, additional school support and support groups can also help.

If you or your child is displaying signs of ADHD that impact school, work, social and home life, then it’s time to schedule an evaluation with our Austin, TX, psychologist Dr. Flume. Call Flume Psychiatry at (512) 329-5575 to schedule an assessment.

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