ADHD affects approximately 8% of children and 2.5% of adults, according to the American Psychiatric Association. Sheritha Chambliss, MSN, APRN, PMHNP-BC, FNP-BC, of Christie's Family Health LLC, understands that ADHD can affect your ability to concentrate and complete tasks on time, which is why she provides comprehensive evaluations and treatment at her office in Houston, Texas. To set up an appointment with Sheritha, call Christie's Family Health LLC or book an appointment online today.
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a mental health disorder commonly found in children, though adults can be diagnosed as well. This condition is often most noticeable during early childhood when children reach school age.
There are three different ADHD types:
The most common type of ADHD, combined ADHD, is characterized by distractibility, hyperactivity, impulsivity, and inattention.
Those with inattentive and distractible ADHD can be easily distracted, forgetful, and unfocused. Many individuals with this type of ADHD procrastinate and find it difficult to complete tasks on time.
Impulsive and hyperactive ADHD is the least common form of ADHD. Characterized by hyperactivity and impulsivity, individuals with this type of behavior disorder typically don’t suffer from inattention or difficulties avoiding distraction.
Some of the most common ADHD symptoms in adults include:
If you have been experiencing any of the above symptoms for six months or more, talk to Sheritha about your options.
At Christie’s Family Health LLC, Sheritha performs an initial evaluation at your first visit, which typically takes about 60 minutes to complete. This diagnostic assessment helps Sheritha determine which mental health or behavioral services her patients need. This might include administering a comprehensive evaluation to determine if the patient is ADHD.
After brief introductions, Sheritha reviews your medical and family history before discussing your symptoms. During her evaluation, she analyzes your appearance, attitude, behavior, speech, movements, mood, cognitive abilities, and more.
Based on your evaluation, Sheritha makes treatment recommendations that may include a combination of therapy, diet and lifestyle changes, and medication.
Sheritha works with you to create an individualized ADHD treatment plan that best suits you. Some of the most common ADHD treatments are:
Behavioral therapy is especially important for those suffering from ADHD. Behavioral coaching can help set realistic goals and allow you to find greater success at work and at home. Therapy can also help to alter negative thought patterns and improve your self-esteem.
At Christie’s Family Health LLC, Sheritha always recommends ADHD/ADD testing prior to prescribing stimulants to treat ADHD. Testing can help determine which type of ADHD you’re affected by and help guide treatment.
Central nervous system (CNS) stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin can improve your ability to concentrate and focus on completing tasks, while non-stimulants like Strattera and Pamelor may help with memory retention and attention. When combined with behavioral therapy and lifestyle changes, medication can give you the right tools to succeed.
Sheritha has experience treating adult ADHD through therapeutic treatment. For more information, call Christie’s Family Health LLC or schedule an appointment online.