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Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a brain disorder that starts during early childhood development, causing ongoing problems with inattention and behavior that can continue into adulthood. At Newstone Behavioral Health in Garland, Texas, and surrounding areas, Bosede Iwuamadi, DNP, PMHNP, and the team provide telehealth psychiatric mental health care for children, teens, and adults with ADHD. Call the office or schedule a telehealth appointment using the online booking feature today.  


What causes ADHD?

Researchers theorize that ADHD develops from a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Though they haven’t identified the specific genes that cause ADHD, researchers think genetics is a major factor, saying ADHD is a highly heritable trait. 

As a neurodevelopmental disorder, ADHD affects the development of the part of the brain responsible for executive function during early childhood. Executive function gives a person the ability to plan ahead, meet goals, and follow instructions. 

People with ADHD have ongoing problems with attention, activity, and behavior. 


How do I know if I have ADHD?

Difficulty completing assignments is an inattentive trait that affects people with ADHD. If you have a hard time completing tasks to the point that it’s affecting your school, work, or home life, you should schedule a consultation at Newstone Behavioral Health for a formal evaluation.

ADHD symptoms usually appear before age 12 and include:

Inattentive symptoms

Difficulty paying attention, making careless mistakes, and disorganization are some ADHD inattentive symptoms. 


Hyperactive symptoms

Having a hard time sitting still, the need to always be doing something, and talking excessively are examples of hyperactive ADHD symptoms.


Impulsive symptoms

Impulsive symptoms in ADHD include blurting out answers, interrupting conversations, and difficulty waiting to take turns.

You don’t have to experience all of these symptoms to have ADHD.


What test diagnoses ADHD?

There’s no single test that can diagnose ADHD. The team at Newstone Behavioral Health conducts a thorough evaluation to determine the root cause of your symptoms.

They may ask you to complete a symptom rating scale. For children and teens, the team asks caregivers and teachers to complete the symptom rating scale. The team reviews symptom history, family history, and mental health history.

The psychiatric mental health specialists at Newstone Behavioral Health diagnose ADHD using the information they gathered during the evaluation and their clinical training.


What are the treatments for ADHD?

The team at Newstone Behavioral Health takes an individualized approach to care, customizing ADHD treatment based on age and symptoms. Treatment may include:

  • Medication management
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Parent training
  • Social skills training
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)

Newstone Behavioral Health is a family-oriented practice, working with the entire family to ensure the best outcomes.

Call Newstone Behavioral Health or schedule your ADHD telehealth consultation online today.